7-foot-3 unicorn Victor Wembanyama is the next Kristaps Porzingis

7-foot-3 unicorn Victor Wembanyama is the next Kristaps Porzingis
7-foot-3 unicorn Victor Wembanyama is the next Kristaps Porzingis
Victor Wembanyama is only 16 years old, but he’s already attracting the lure of NBA general managers across the league.

The French basketball prospect stands 7-foot-3 with a 7-foot-8 wingspan, but has the quick handles and sleek sweater of a shooter. NBA scouts compare him to his unicorn colleague and Dallas Mavericks superstar Kristaps Porzingis. So who is Wembanyama and what is the future for the talented prospect?

Who is Victor Wembanyama?

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Wembanyama is the next big NBA star from France. The 16-year-old has unique skills that make NBA scouts salivate. Once his body is filled, he will be a dominant force no matter where he ends up on the court.

Mike Schmitz, a draft analyst at ESPN, had high praise for Wembanyama after diving deep into his game.

“Despite its huge feet and thin frame, it moves like a grand piano,” said Schmitz. “He not only puts a lid on the rim like Rudy Gobert, but also shows the potential of a young Kristaps Porzingis with a much better grip and fit.”

Porzingis is already a superstar in the NBA, so it is special that Wembanyama has better skills than the Latvian all-star at the age of 16.

Wembanyama held up against Rudy Gobert

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Wembanyama went viral earlier this week when Schmitz posted a video on Twitter showing the French perspective with NBA All-Star Rudy Gobert from head to toe. Gobert was also born in France and the two have built a relationship between a big brother and a little brother in recent years.

In the video, Wembanyama competes one on one against Gobert and he actually gets the best out of him. Wembanyama hits a couple of gentle jumpers in Gobert’s face, strips him on a ride and even blocks him on a dunk attempt.

Now let’s remember who we are talking about. Gobert is two-time defensive player of the year in the NBA. He’s averaged over 2.0 blocks per game for the past six seasons, and Wembanyama took him to school. At the age of 16!

Wembanyama could soon be a transcendent talent in the NBA.

What does the future hold for Wembanyama?

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In his Twitter post earlier this week, Schmitz called Wembanyama “probably the best view in the world, regardless of age”. That includes LaMelo Ball and every player in the 2020 NBA draft class.

Wembanyama is a special combination of size, length, speed, and touch that the NBA may never have seen before. It might be time the teams start refueling for the French unicorn in the next few years.

Wembanyama is eligible to enter the NBA draft as early as 2022. According to the NBA Draft Room, Wembanyama is expected to be number 2 on the 2022 draft behind Emoni Bates of the state of Michigan. He could easily move up to # 1 in the next few years if more play tape from the promising big man emerges.

We thought Porzingis was a one-of-a-kind talent, but there’s an even better version out there in France waiting for his chance to shine in the NBA. He’s going to get his chance soon and we can’t wait to see what he can do.

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