Sometimes, it feels like a possessed scientist created Victor Wembanyama in a basketball laboratory dedicated to stretching the boundaries of human genetics. From his eight-foot wingspan and absurd coordination to his massive hands and astonishing ball skills, the teenage phenom is one of the most unique players fans have ever seen set foot in the league.
Wembanyama continued putting his unprecedented tools on full display when the San Antonio Spurs squared off versus the Houston Rockets in a preseason tuneup on Monday night, megging a helpless Reggie Bullock in transition before earning free throws. Seven-footers rarely take the ball up the floor, but the rookie dared to dribble between someone else's legs.
National media analysts have talked nonstop about how Wembanyama does one or two things each game they have never witnessed before, and that breathtaking sequence fits that description. While the enormous forward added another notch to his marvelous highlight reel, he had a couple of tricks left up his sleeve that he unleashed in the second half.
The number one overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft showed off his rim-protecting pedigree, rejecting a half-hearted hook shot from Alperen Sengun into the front row. He also demonstrated unbelievable flexibility with a behind-the-back pass while saving the ball from going out of bounds. But what stood out the most was his casual backdoor cut for a resounding slam.
Despite getting the better of his defender on some eye-popping plays, Wembanyama had one of his worst shooting nights of the preseason. The slender Frenchman finished with 15 points and went 3-of-10 from the field, but he will have a chance to get back on track when the Silver and Black face the Golden State Warriors for their final exhibition matchup on Friday.