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Patty Mills says Victor Wembanyama will bring more banners to San Antonio

The Spurs could face a challenge with the rookie’s uncertain status for Thursday’s game.

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The San Antonio Spurs return to the court on Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks after what feels like a prolonged hiatus. However, the big question dominating headlines is whether Victor Wembanyama will be fit to play as he battles hip soreness. As of about two hours before tip-off, his status remains questionable.

Hopefully he does get a chance to play today, because two former Spurs who were let go for the rebuild will be in town, including an all-time favorite in Patty Mills, who shared encouraging opinions about Wemby’s potential, envisioning more championship banners in San Antonio due to Victor’s presence.

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Current oddsmakers in Vegas favor Chet Holmgren for the Rookie of the Year award. It raises an interesting point, however, let’s consider the impact of this.

I’m confused about Wemby’s rating taking a dip here. I understand the Spurs have been struggling recently, but the rookie has been stellar in his play.

He remains a standout among the 136 players who have played in every game this NBA season — a remarkable feat considering his physique. When he’s off the court, San Antonio scores 8.2 points less per 100 possessions and concedes 8.4 points more per 100 possessions. While he averages just over 19 points a game, his intangible impact is difficult to quantify with statistics. If Wemby sits out tonight, it could be a difficult task for the Spurs to break their ongoing 12-game losing streak.