Victor Wembanyama has been coined as the best prospect since LeBron James back in 2003. A lot of hype to live up to for the 7-foot 19-year-old frenchman, who hasn’t even stepped on to an official NBA court for a regular season game. Unfortunately for NBA fans, rumors are already swirling around social media regarding the favorite for Rookie of the Year being on a limited schedule by the Spurs to try to get the most out of Wemby in the biggest moments.
Wembanyama only played in two Summer League games in Las Vegas this summer, which has become the norm for these top picks. Paolo Banchero only played in two games for the Magic last summer, and all of the top 5 picks from this year played no more than three games this summer.
The next ripple coming way-too-early out of Summer League is that league officials are questioning if Scoot Henderson should have been selected No. 1 overall over Wemby.
How do Brandon and I fare on these topics? Not particularly well. What kind of message does it set for the future of the league to load-manage a 19-year-old rookie? How is Wemby supposed to blossom into the best version of himself if he has limited time against NBA competition? How do you pass up on a 7-foot 4-inch swiss army knife for a player who got stretch comparisons to LeBron?
We answer all of these questions in more in the podcast below. Check out our full segment on this issue from ‘In The Zone’ earlier today beginning at the 4:36 mark. Remember, stream 'In The Zone’ Monday through Friday on 96.9 The Game from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and check out The Best of the Best - our top segments from the show every single day. Available wherever you get your podcast.