Victor Wembanyama's Rookie Season Stands Out In NBA History

Photo: Instagram/Victor Wembanyama

Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs' rookie sensation, has completed his first NBA season with a bang. The Spurs decided to rest him for the final game due to a sore ankle, wrapping up his debut season after playing 71 games.

Throughout the season, Wembanyama showcased his talent, averaging 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.6 blocks per game. He topped all NBA rookies in scoring, rebounding, and blocks, living up to the expectations of a top draft pick and becoming a fan favorite.

In his last game, Wembanyama shined brightly with 34 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks, helping the Spurs upset the Denver Nuggets 121-120. This win could potentially cost the Nuggets the top seed in the Western Conference.

Photo: Instagram/Victor Wembanyama

Wembanyama made history as the first NBA player to achieve 1,500 points, 250 blocks, and 100 three-pointers in a single season. He also grabbed 755 rebounds, dished out 274 assists, and made 88 steals.

Comparing Wembanyama to NBA legends, his rookie season stats stand out. His scoring and rebounding averages are only surpassed by Blake Griffin's 2010-11 rookie season. Though Wilt Chamberlain's stats from the 1959-60 season remain unmatched, Wembanyama's 3.6 blocks per game come close to David Robinson's 3.9 in 1989-90.

Using the Player Efficiency Rating (PER) to gauge performance, Wembanyama's 23.1 ranks 15th among all players this season, ahead of notable stars like Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell. His PER is also the third-best for rookies since Chamberlain, outperforming legends like Shaquille O'Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Has Wembanyama met the massive expectations set for him? The stats and highlights suggest he has, showcasing his unique talent and athleticism. However, there's still room for growth as he can become stronger and more durable, playing more games.

As Wembanyama's career unfolds, his future looks promising, and fans eagerly await his continued growth and success in the NBA.

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Source: Yahoo Sports 


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