Wemby Watch: Victor Wimpanyama’s attack improves, some highly anticipated NBA vault dwellers start

Welcome to Wemby Watch! While the majority of the NBA has recently embarked on an eight-month journey toward the Finals, the bottom of the league has embarked on an entirely different kind of search. Their goal? Lose as many human games as possible. why? To give themselves the best possible chance of landing Victor Wimpanyama.

She asks who is Victor Wimpanyama? Well, if you ever think to yourself, surely, Kevin Durant Pretty good, but imagine if it was half a foot tall. Wembanyama is basically what you’ll get. He is a 7-3 position currently playing in France and will be eligible to participate in the 2023 NBA Draft next June. For years, he was widely considered the best potential draft pick since LeBron James in 2003. Then, in early October, he came to the US and dropped 36 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks on second-placed Scott Henderson. and G-League Ignite in one of the greatest performances of a teenager in basketball history.

Every GM and owner in the NBA has seen it. Every one of them would like to watch him repeat those kinds of feats in their uniforms next season, and for many seasons to come. But, of course, only one team will see the shirt (most likely) fly off the shelves, and only 14 teams will have a chance to turn that dream into reality on lottery night next May.

Throughout the season, we will track these teams on a weekly basis. Which team is in the lead to achieve the first choice? Who has a tough (or, for our purposes, easy) schedule coming up? Who does the most…let’s say…tip the odds in their favour? And while all of this unfolds, what is our favorite French superhuman on his current team? Is there anyone filing a case in the United States to remove him at the top of the draft board? Follow us every Wednesday as we try to answer these questions and more!

Wembanyama is staying hot outside

It was not only in the United States where Wimpanyama was hot on the court. Certainly, 37 points and 36 points in back-to-back games, respectively, against G League Ignite and potential top contender Scoot Henderson in a pair of exhibition competitions in early October was fantastic. (To say nothing of how awesome he did in his first games on US soil with dozens of decision-makers in the NBA.) But that looks increasingly par for the course for him in his new team the Mets 92 this season.

It’s early in the season, but despite playing less than 30 minutes per game in five games, Wimpanyama averages 18.6 points per game and adds 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game to boot. He’s coming off a dominant five-street outing on Friday against Blois Basket 41. His 8-foot wingspan completely stifled the opposing team – and the Mets 92 won 113-88 to advance to 4-1 on the season.

Where Wimpanyama has really shone and made progress this season – beyond his height and crippling defence, which has always been a strength – is his attack. He opened the season with a 23-point, 10-rebound run in September, then hit a season-high 24 points last week in a win over Le Mans.

His performance was noted.

“I think it’s something we’ve never seen before,” Minnesota Timberwolves star said Rudi Joubert, who shares an agent with Wembanyama earlier this week. “I’m excited to continue watching him grow up and [to see] What will be heading [in]to me. It is unique, something the world has never seen before. He’s taller than me, taller than me, he can clear the floor, he can pass. But he also wants to play defense, and he wants to be a very good defender. He just loves to win. This is what I really love about it. He doesn’t just exist to be nice, he plays to win. He’s a great kid.”

Race to the bottom

Each week, we’ll rank the seven teams most likely to win the coveted first place on sweepstakes night. These rankings will take into account current record, recent performance, upcoming schedule and injuries to personally rank the worst NBA teams.

7. Utah Jazz: I have come This is close To collide with the entire state of Utah and stick to Lakers in seventh place (don’t worry, we’ll touch on them a little later), but the previously undefeated Jazz held onto his spot after Monday’s shock loss to Houston Rockets. If the Jazz team played like they did in their first three games, they wouldn’t be on this list for much longer. I I wondered before the season If Utah was simply too talented for a rebuilding year, it was apparently their target by trading Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Those fears now appear to be justified as Lauri Markkanen pursues the Best Improved Player award and Twitter darling Jared Vanderbilt continues to wow us with his defensive brilliance. If Danny Ainge isn’t careful, he’ll stumble in the play round.

6. San Antonio Spurs: Not all 3-1 starts are created equal. We’ll be discussing Friday’s exciting San Antonio victory over Pacers Soon, but for now, let’s just say Spurs weren’t quite as impressive as the jazz giants. But those who doubted Greg Popovich’s ability to lose should feel justified now. He totally leans towards the youth of his roster as Tottenham are third in the NBA in four games. The most famous franchise? After years at the bottom of the league, Tottenham are in the middle of the group in terms of 3-point attempts. Popovich may still wear his caveman beard, but his crime is finally entering the 21st century.

5. Detroit Pistons: Kid Cunningham was so good last season that it’s easy to forget that he just turned 21. And he won’t pay less than 40% of the field for the rest of the season, but Detroit’s vision in play depends on Cunningham pressing for the All-Star berth. So far, it looks like your usual #1 overall pick for year two. There are flashes, but on a night-to-night basis, the back area built around a freshman and sophomore will struggle to constantly find spots. The Pistons are only ranked 28th in attack so far this season, and until that changes, Detroit will reluctantly find themselves in the Wemby Watch.

4. Indiana Pacers: Put this under “Alerts from the Lottery Gods”: Miles Turner missed the start of the Indiana season because – wait for that – he stepped on a ball boy’s foot while warming up. The Indiana defense is expected to rank 25th without him so far, but the lottery gods help those who help themselves, and the Pacers have already done a lot of that this season. Guess who led the Pacers in minutes during Friday’s 3-point loss to Tottenham? No, it wasn’t the popular 2022 movie as well as Therese Halliburton or Chris Duarte from the starter’s first pick, but Andrew Nymbard’s second-round pick, which saw 30 minutes of play in the defeat. Play well. Tottenham won the match. It’s the best of both worlds for Indiana.

3 – Houston Rockets: Don’t eat, Rockets fans. You may have had your first win on Monday against the Jazz, but you have a rematch with Utah looming on Wednesday that will likely end with big Wemby Watch impacts as the season progresses.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Shooting is a problem for this team even in victory. The Thunder made only 4 out of 30 3-point attempts in Tuesday’s win over Los Angeles Clippers. That drops them to 42 from 154 on the season, a mark of just over 27 percent. It turns out that the Lakers aren’t completely cornering the market because of poor shooting, and OKC’s shooting, or lack thereof, is going to be taking a lot of losses this season.

1. Orlando Magic: Currently this is How do you lose. Orlando is unbeaten through four games, but has never topped more than 13 points in a single game. 1 rookie pick overall, Paulo Panchero has been posting unseen numbers for nearly three decades, and even Paulo Poole gets consistent spinning minutes! I challenge you to find better reactions than any team without a win in league history.

loss leader

The vision of this space was to highlight the basement dwellers for finding ways to wrest defeat from the jaws of victory. Tottenham did not pull that off on Friday against the Pacers. Instead, the two teams who have been linked by Las Vegas to finish at the bottom of their conferences have given us what may be the most exciting time we’ll have all season. or drunks. Maybe both.

With 5:38 left in the fourth quarter, Tre Jones scored to give San Antonio a 116-100 lead over the Pacers. Here’s what follows:

  • Total 55 points, 34 of which came from Pacers
  • 16 free throws by Jacob Boeltel
  • Six transformations Tottenham in the final 2:20

Leave it to Rick Carlisle to handle the second contest on an 82-game schedule like the NBA Finals. Instead of conceding the white flag falling behind at the age of 16, he purposely began polluting Poeltl, a 52.2 percent shooter. Poeltl only made half of the first dozen freebies, but more importantly, Indiana made seven of her next 10 shots to cut bullets into odd numbers. And then the transformations began. We start things off with Devin Fassel oblivious to the distress Keldon Johnson was in.

Trey Jones gave us the rare order behind a half-court charge.

The scorers’ table gave San Antonio just one spin for this disaster. It really should have been two.

San Antonio, or Indiana, depending on your point of view, ran from the skin of her teeth as rookie Benedict Mathurin missed a triple-pointer for the game in the final seconds. The Pacers ultimately walk away from the perfect score, a sort of loss-of-concept that shows just how much of a fight this group has gone through without depriving them of sweet, sweet pingpong balls. We’ll cover a lot of bad losses as the season progresses. Why not start the year with a good year?

weak games

Wednesday October 26th: Lakers V nuggets

The Lakers 0-3 are officially on Wemby Watch… for another team. The New Orleans Pelicans You have the right to swap first-round picks with the Lakers, and while none of us think they’ll be winless forever, their opening schedule isn’t entirely forgiving. Follow Lakers Nuggets with TimberwolvesNuggets again, and those swans that fly high. If outside shots don’t start dropping soon, there’s a very real chance the Lakers will start this season 0-7. If they did? They would find their way to the bottom of the race completely by chance.

Saturday 29 October: the heat in kings

In all likelihood, neither of these teams will spend a lot of time at the bottom, but the Heat and Kings will spend a lot of time at the bottom this is Wednesday 1-6 combined. Both teams have higher ambitions, and both teams will likely face losses in their schedule between now and Saturday. host kings grizzly Thursday, while The Heat has a brutal back-to-back road with the Blazers and the Warriors Looming on Wednesday and Thursday. There’s no such thing as an October game to be won, but Saturday’s loser will likely leave that game in pretty bad shape.

Tuesday November 1st: Magic in the Thunder

Those were two of the last four teams to win in the NBA, and although Oklahoma City claimed their first win on Tuesday, the Magic still had a big zero fat in the “W” column.

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