The 2023-24 NBA rookie class is making waves in the early part of this season, drawing praise from veteran players and experts. Draymond Green, a four-time NBA champion, commended the young talents, acknowledging their impressive defensive abilities. His recognition holds significant weight, especially coming from a former Defensive Player of the Year and a perennial All-Defensive Team player.
"I feel a way about the Thompson twins and Wemby because those guys are making it much harder for me to continue to make All-Defensive teams."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 8, 2023
Draymond Green giving this year’s rookie class their flowers
In the race for the Rookie of the Year award, the competition is tight. In the current Vegas odds, Victor Wembanyama leads as the favorite, closely followed by Chet Holmgren.
Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren have been showing out to start their NBA careers— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 8, 2023
The race for Rookie of the Year is ON pic.twitter.com/EsgxH2fomf
Both players have been putting up excellent numbers, securing their places in NBA history by becoming the first two players to achieve 10 blocks and 10 three-pointers in their first six games, per OptaStats. Their performance is sure to keep fans engaged as they compete for the prestigious Rookie of the Year title.
Wemby’s debut in the “Mecca” of basketball, New York, generated considerable excitement. Clips from his shootaround session showed him receiving tips from coach Popovic while showcasing his skills with a corner three. Their close relationship is evident yet again.
The presence of Wemby in New York began a media frenzy, reminiscent of the buzz of a playoff game. This level of attention around the Spurs’ game, for the second time this season, highlights the heightened interest in Wembanyama’s entry into the league.
Most people I’ve ever seen at a non-Finals morning shootaround. pic.twitter.com/pd4C6KSCof— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) November 8, 2023
The anticipation surrounding tonight’s game has elevated it to a hot ticket event, with numerous celebrities expected in attendance. The initial confirmation came from football legend Tom Brady, indicating the high-profile nature of the game.
Let’s not forget to mention the contrast in height between Brady, who stands at 6’4”, and Wembanyama. The young NBA prospect’s height dwarfs the former quarterback, leading Brady to laugh about the situation in good spirits.
Media outlets asking for permission to use this photo. Yes you may, here is the file. Disregard other photoshopped images of me and Victor. pic.twitter.com/veDqfGkA3a— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) November 8, 2023
Interestingly, 39 years ago, Michael Jordan’s debut at MSG was an unforgettable spectacle, marked by an exceptional performance with 33 points and an array of dunks. This prompts speculation: will Wemby create a matching iconic performance tonight, one that basketball fans will reminisce about in the future?