On Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs extended their losing streak to six games, with Victor Wembanyama experiencing a rare off-night in Orlando. The rookie surprisingly only managed to grab one rebound, an unexpected performance for a player of his size. While the low rebounding might not be alarming on its own, what has raised concerns over the last five games is the Spurs’ failure to utilize Wembanyama effectively in the fourth quarter.
Pop on Wemby learning to play in B2Bs: “It’s a new experience for him. I think in the games he’ll get a certain period where he’ll run out of gas and then he gets it back again. Who doesn’t? It’s a new thing playing four games in a week or whatever it might be.”— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) February 9, 2024
Throughout this challenging stretch, the rookie has only averaged 1.8 field goal attempts. It’s worth noting that he isn’t lacking playing time, as the minute restriction on the rookie has been lifted. Despite this, Wembanyama has been averaging just 6 minutes and 21 seconds in the fourth quarter. The question that arises is: why aren’t the Spurs giving him more opportunities?
While I don’t have a definitive answer, this issue seems to be a cause for concern. Wembanyama stands out as the team’s best offensive option, creating mismatches and contributing to easy buckets. Given his recent performance, there is no apparent reason not to maximize his involvement. Despite San Antonio’s shortage of a natural point guard outside Tre Jones, the team needs to explore additional avenues to get Victor Wembanyama engaged.
To end this losing streak, the Frenchman should get more touches in the last quarter of games. Increasing his involvement could be the key to turning the team’s fortunes around and securing much-needed victories.
The future of the Spurs should feature Devin Vassell alongside the Frenchman. I’ve been impressed with his performance this year, and his attitude is commendable.
"I just want him to know I am looking for him. If I see anything, anybody small, anywhere, he has a mismatch, and I am going to throw it to him. It's a chemistry thing. He has to trust me, I have to trust him. It's not just me and him, it's everybody on the court. It's not hard… pic.twitter.com/G2PtTS0uBh— JeffGSpursKENS5 (@JeffGSpursZone) February 9, 2024
The speculation around Trae Young’s future continues, inherently involving San Antonio in the conversation. Whether any of these rumors hold any truth remains to be seen, but the discussion is likely to persist until the summer.
On Thursday, Wemby showcased his impressive length, perfectly captured in this photo.
Victor Wembanyama is different pic.twitter.com/8cnzkTdyUb— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) February 9, 2024
Despite the lacklustre performance in Orlando, Victor’s three-point shooting form looks remarkably smooth.