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NBA | Jan 22

Wemby’s Rookie Magic Lights Up the Spurs, But Are They Championship Material Yet?

The San Antonio Spurs Are Still Trying to Find Their Footing as a Young Team

Wemby's Rookie Magic Lights Up the Spurs, But Are They Championship Material Yet?
Victor Wembanyama #1 of the San Antonio Spurs | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Growing Pains? 🤔

These guys are like NBA toddlers, still learning to tie their basketball shoes.

Let’s talk about Victor Wembanyama, the French wonderkid who’s making the NBA look like his own personal playground. This dude is dropping buckets, swatting shots, and leaving opponents scratching their heads–all in his rookie season. No wonder he’s all over NBA news all the damn time!

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So, picture this–Wembanyama steps into Washington and drops 24 points, grabs eight boards, dishes out four assists, and oh, let’s not forget about those six blocks that put the Wizards on lockdown. Insane Victor Wembanyama stats! Talk about a one-man wrecking crew! In just 28 minutes, he’s out there making seasoned pros look like they’re still in high school.

 

 

What’s even more mind-blowing is his defensive game. Most rookies are foul-prone, but not Wemby. He’s out there protecting the paint without fouling left and right. The kid’s got Popovich’s defensive philosophy running through his veins. According to him, “Everything starts on defense.” Well, no wonder Pop loves this guy.

Wembanyama spilled the beans on his European upbringing, where if you wanted a spot on a pro team, you better know how to defend like your life depended on it. Now, he’s bringing that Euro-defensive swagger to the NBA, leading the league in blocks with 3.1 per game. It’s like he’s telling opponents, “Not in my house!”

 

 

But hold your horses; winning NBA games still evades the Spurs. Beating up on teams with no playoff dreams, like the Wizards, is cool, but Popovich is facing a whole new ball game. The Spurs’ average age is 23.5, making them the youngest squad in the league. Pop’s got his work cut out–these guys are like NBA toddlers, still learning to tie their basketball shoes.

Popovich really said, “These players are neophytes.” Now, that’s a fancy word for rookies, in case you were wondering. The old Pop used to be all about championship-caliber teams, making game-changing decisions during crunch time. But now? Now he’s back in the classroom, teaching these young bloods about court positioning, spacing, and the whole ball-player relationship gig.

The struggle is real for Pop. These kids haven’t spent enough time in the university league–they’re practically NBA babies. With his coaching hat on, Popovich is navigating uncharted territory, where fundamentals aren’t a given. But hey, the man’s got a reputation for turning raw talent into champions.

 

 

So, as Wembanyama dazzles with his double-doubles and defensive wizardry, remember, Pop’s not just coaching a team; he’s molding a bunch of NBA newbies into future stars. It’s a rollercoaster ride for the Spurs, and we’re all just here for the popcorn-worthy drama. Who said NBA life was easy, huh? Pop, you got this–it’s just a different kind of rodeo this time around.

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