Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs have struggled with their losing streak through November. In their recent defeat on Monday night, Victor faced a challenge on the court, scoring just nine points on 4-14 shooting. However, what caught my attention was his low involvement in the game - Wemby had a season-low of 33 touches.
The Spurs seem to be deliberate in not heavily relying on set plays for Victor at this stage. The intention appears to be allowing the rookie to explore his spots during the early season while the coaching staff gains a deeper understanding of his strengths and weaknesses. Nevertheless, limiting his opportunities with the ball might hinder this developmental phase.
Across the season, the rookie ranks third on the team in touches with 700, closely followed by Zach Collins with 694 touches. A similar trend persists in paint touches, where Wemby maintains a slight lead of 8 touches over Collins. This consistent pattern is evident across various metrics.
While acknowledging the need to involve Collins, it might be time for Wemby to receive more touches. We’ve witnessed glimpses of his potential when he has more of the ball, often resulting in positive outcomes. In the Spurs’ three victories, the rookie averages 53.3 touches per game, with 10.7 paint touches. Conversely, in the team’s 11 losses, with a larger sample size, his average drops to 49.1 touches and only 6 paint touches per game.
It’s still early in the season but, this observation might be worth monitoring as the season progresses. Tracking the evolution of his touches and their distribution will certainly be intriguing throughout his rookie campaign.
I always find it fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes and witness how the team is coaching Wemby. His outstanding work ethic is widely acknowledged, so it’s no surprise to see the rookie putting in extra work post-shootaround.
Pop and Mitch Johnson doing some hands-on work with Wembanyama after shootaround. pic.twitter.com/MUW8Mh9PTD— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) November 22, 2023
This discovery is quite a gem for the fortunate Spurs fan. Wemby adds significant value to these collector’s items.
Found and acquired at Colt's Sports Collectibles in Peddler's Village, Pennsylvania pic.twitter.com/qBxxH7u9Cr— Josh Paredes (@Josh810) November 22, 2023
Finally, the Spurs have always been known as a top-tier organization, and it’s always nice to see their contributions to the community. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Growing up in the Southgate neighborhood of Raleigh, N.C., Devonte' Graham saw how families struggled during the holidays. So he jumped at the chance to serve as a volunteer waiter along with Pop and several other Spurs at a @safoodbank holiday dinner.https://t.co/wxhfdE5eRa— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) November 22, 2023