Last Thursday, following a nail-biting loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Victor Wembanyama made a bold declaration, noting that every game from now on is a “statement.” The rookie didn’t just talk the talk; he backed it up with a historic performance Wednesday night in Detroit, achieving his first career triple-double in only 21 minutes on the court.
This impressive accomplishment makes him the youngest big man to record a triple-double and the tallest player to do so with assists. The Spurs strategically ran their offense through the rookie, resulting in an impressive display of his skills. Wembanyama took on the role of a point guard at times, delivering some jaw-dropping passes. One that stood out was a full-court dime to Jeremy Sohan after grabbing a rebound.
Wemby with a 20-yard bullet over the middle to his tight end, easy touchdown— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) January 11, 2024
As impressive as that play was, Wembanyama singled out his favorite pass—a between-the-legs assist to Julian Champagnie, leaving everyone in awe.
His recent games suggest that the Spurs have turned a corner and are beginning to understand how to play alongside Victor. The team demonstrated improved off-the-ball movement, resulting in easy scoring opportunities thanks to Wemby’s passing range.
All 10 assists from Wemby in his historic triple-double:— Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro) January 11, 2024
✅ Dribble Handoff Hub
✅ Inverted Pick-and-Roll
✅ Shovel Feeds On Drives
✅ Hit-Aheads After Boards
✅ Bounce Pass In Transition
✅ Behind-the-Back Dishes
✅ Post Dishes To Cutters pic.twitter.com/JNcLsTndbM
Looking ahead, it’s reasonable to expect more of the offense to keep running through Wembanyama when he’s on the court. Wednesday’s triple-double wasn’t a fluke, expect the rookie to have more nights like this. The only lingering question: will his next triple-double be with assists or blocks?
After the game, Victor addressed the minute restriction in his press conference. The rookie expressed how great his body feels and wouldn’t be surprised if the restriction is lifted sooner rather than later, expressing eagerness to play more minutes.
Despite these restrictions, his performance over the last six games has been incredible. One can only imagine what he could achieve playing 30 to 35 minutes per game.
While we always knew Wemby was special, the rookie has wasted no time carving his name into the history books.
Records broken by Victor Wembanyama in his first 36 games:— Wemby Central (@WembyCentral) January 11, 2024
-Most 20pt 4blk games in 26 minutes or less for an entire career
-Top 5 youngest player to ever record a triple double
-2nd least minutes played in a triple double (behind Westbrook)
-Youngest player to ever get a… pic.twitter.com/U7aS2MgS1Y
The Spurs’ rookie currently holds the eighth position in frontcourt votes for the All-Star game. Spurs fans, it’s time to rally and vote for our beloved Frenchman!
LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead their respective conferences in the second fan returns of #NBAAllStar Voting presented by AT&T.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 11, 2024
Fans account for 50% of the vote to decide All-Star starters. NBA players and a media panel account for 25% each.
Next fan update: 1/18. pic.twitter.com/0K23OtQRmY