NBA Summer League: Victor Wembanyama’s Complicated Offensive Night Against Brandon Miller’s Hornets

2023-07-08 04:00:00

NBA – Opposed to Brandon Miller’s Hornets, his runner-up in the Draft, Victor Wembanyama left with the victory, but he had a very complicated evening on the offensive level: 9 points, 2/13 to shoot.

“Posterized” by Kai Jones on “alley-oop”, limited to 2/13 to shoot and 1/6 to 3-pointers (including a few “airballs”), or even very behind in sequences, Victor Wembanyama (9 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 assists) certainly did not imagine living such a first in the Summer League with the Spurs.

Nevertheless, his team, leading from start to finish, logically won against the Hornets (76-68), picking up their third win in three summer league games. Under the eyes of Gregg Popovich, but also of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, J-Cole or Trae Young, to name but a few.

Overall, it was therefore a rather contrasting evening for “Wemby”, victorious but in difficulty in scoring. However, everything is not to be thrown away, on the contrary, because he notably delighted in the pass with his vision of the game, demonstrated that he had what it took to positively influence the defensive level of Saint Anthony and flaunts his basketball IQ. Proof that any criticisms concerning him would obviously be hasty.

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Level “highlights”, in addition to the dunk received from Kai Jones, we will in any case remember the first basket of the French, namely an “and-one”, a few well-felt passes, his “3 + 1”, or even his dribbling session followed by a pass, as well as his multiple counters. Including the one on a 3-point attempt by a certain Brandon Miller…

Precisely, facing Victor Wembanyama, first choice of the last Draft, Brandon Miller

second choice of this same vintage, meanwhile finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals on the clock (5/15 to shoot and 3/10 to 3-pointers).

Not enough to avoid the defeat of Charlotte in this rather poor meeting in the game, despite the contribution of Bryce McGowens (15 points) or James Bouknight (14 points, 9 rebonds).

It must be said that, on the side of the Spurs, the collective was much more provided and effective around “Wemby”, with in particular Julian Champagnie (20 points, 8 rebonds, 6 passes), Big Branham (17 points, 5 rebonds, 3 passes), Blake Wesley (13 points, 8 rebounds) or Dominick Barlow (12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) who have shown themselves a lot, in turn.

Next San Antonio game, whether Victor Wembanyama is dressed or not? Sunday night against the Blazers, who will probably be without Scoot Henderson. As for the Hornets, they will face the Lakers on the same day.

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