On Thursday, the NBA unveiled the latest All-Star fan voting rankings, positioning Victor Wembayama at the eighth spot among the Western Conference front-court players. Despite the rookie’s recent stellar performance on the court, this ranking might be a tad disappointing. But the competition is fierce, justifying his current position.
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.
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Wembanyama boasts an impressive stat line, averaging 19.2 points, 10.2 assists, and 4.4 steals/blocks per game. His recent gameplay has launched him into discussions about being the league’s premier defender, showcasing notable improvements on the offensive front. His most recent game on Wednesday, where he recorded 10 assists, hinted at the possibility of Wembayama exploring a future as a point guard. While this might sound like a far-fetched idea, the Frenchman’s versatility and strategic thinking could be a subtle chess move to extend his eligibility as both a front and backcourt player.
All jokes aside, it’s clear that the 7’4” center is not transitioning into a guard role anytime soon – and that’s perfectly fine. A deeper analysis of his performance reveals that Wembanyama ranks 27th in points, 7th in rebounds, and first in blocks among all Western Conference players, despite only playing the 56th most minutes. What does this tell us? The rookie is making substantial contributions within his limited time on the court. Perhaps, with a slight increase in minutes, say mid-30s instead of high 20s, his statistics would further fortify his case for an All-Star nod.
In the grand scheme of things, if Wembayama doesn’t secure a spot on the All-Star team this season, it’s not the end of the world. As Coach Prime wisely remarked after the Colorado Buffaloes’ regrettable loss to the Oregon Ducks, “This is the worst we’re gonna be. You better get me right now.”
The league should take notice of Victor now because come next season, with an improved roster and no minute restrictions, he’s poised to be a shoo-in for the All-Star lineup.
The other day, I argued that the NBA made a mistake by not including Wembanyama in this year’s game in Paris. Well, it seems like they’re making amends for the upcoming season. According to former Spurs legend Tony Parker, The Spurs will play two games in Paris next season.
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In the latest 2K rating update, Victor’s new 87 overall rating puts him ahead of last week’s Player of the Week recipient, Alperen Sengune.
Whatever Coach Popovic has been saying at halftime over the last three games has evidently worked, so let’s keep this momentum on Friday night against the Hornets!
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Wembanyama’s two-man game with Devin Vessel will be a spectacle to watch for years to come. The fourth-year guard excels off the ball, a perfect complement to Wembanyama who receives much of the attention on offense.