Victor Wembanyama Makes History: First Frenchman Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Larry Bird… What do these NBA legends and Victor Wembanyama have in common? They were named NBA rookies of the year. Like the Frenchman, on the night of Monday May 6 to Tuesday May 7, elected best player among those who were playing their first season in the Great League. This is the first time in the history of French basketball that a tricolor has won this distinction.

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With the San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama averaged 21.4 points this season, for 10.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists in just 29.5 minutes on average, a much lower playing time compared to a star player on his team.

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It was his offensive and defensive impact on the floor, rarely seen in NBA history, which was rewarded. The number 1 in the NBA Draft had the only viable competitor, Chet Holmgren (16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists on average) ultimately second despite the first place in the Western Conference obtained with his OKC team .

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Victor Wembanyama became the 23 e player in NBA history to be voted rookie of the year by being drafted in first place. He is the third player in Spurs history to achieve this distinction after David Robinson in 1990 and Tim Duncan in 1998. The two men, nicknamed “the Twin Towers”, ended up winning an NBA title. This is the next objective of Victor Wembanyama who has already made it known that he does not want to wait to win. As a reminder, the Spurs finished in penultimate place in the Western Conference and could recover one of the first choices of the 2024 Draft where several French people are expected.

2024-05-07 06:11:22
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