Victor Wembanyama – Best NBA Prospect Ever?

Photo BY Cody Taylor- The Rookie Wire

The NBA has seen a plethora of generational talents come through the pipeline. From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Lebron James to Anthony Davis, the NBA is never short of talent. However, no one in the history of Basketball has the skill set or the talent Victor Wembanyama possesses.

Victor Wembanyama-Physical Traits

The average height in the NBA is close to 6’7 and anything above 7 feet would be considered tall. But then there are a few players in the NBA that make the 7 footers look average, Victor Wembanyama will be added to that list. At just 18 years old, Wembanyama measures in at 7’5 with an astonishing 8-foot wingspan. He’ll be the second tallest player with the second longest wingspan in the NBA behind Tacko Fall. The scary part is there’s a small chance Wembanyama is still growing since some men grow till their early 20s, thus meaning Wembanyama could stand 7’6 or even 7’7 one day.

Victor Wembanyama-Skill Set

Most tall players are only good due to their height. A lot of them can’t either shoot, dribble, handle the ball, or move fast. What makes Victor Wembanyama stand out is he can do all of those things. Obviously, he still needs to improve before he can dominate the NBA but for an 18-year-old, he’s got a solid shooting stroke, he can bring the ball up the court, and can move quickly enough to guard in space. Also, Wembanyama can rebound with ease and is a tremendous rim protector. This is why Wembanyama will be the first overall pick in 2023 NBA Draft.


Without over-exaggerating, Wembanyama has the offensive potential of Kevin Durant and the defensive potential Rudy Gobert. Since there has never been anyone with that skill set, these are the only comparisons you can make. Other comparisons include a 7’5 Kevin Durant or even as far as to say a combination of Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Chet Holmgren. If all of that is true, then we can be looking at the future greatest player of all time. If there is one negative about Wembanyama is his potential risk for injuries. Unfortunately, if you look at the history of players over 7’2 in the NBA, many end up with a recurring foot and leg injuries from being too tall. Usually, once they sustain one injury, a majority will have the injury bug for the rest of their career which ultimately leads to early retirement. So as long as we don’t see Wembanyama get a lower-body injury, I don’t see anything else holding him back. He does need to add more weight and muscle, but I think he has the body type to do so.

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