From Center to Point Guard, Victor Wembanyama's Range Knows No Limits

All eyes are on Victor Wembanyama, the towering young star whose position on the San Antonio Spurs remains tantalizingly undefined.

by Faruk Imamovic
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From Center to Point Guard, Victor Wembanyama's Range Knows No Limits
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All eyes are on Victor Wembanyama, the towering young star whose position on the San Antonio Spurs remains tantalizingly undefined. In just a few days at training camp, Wembanyama has showcased versatility that's left fans and analysts alike pondering his ultimate role.

A Jack of All Trades?

Head coach Gregg Popovich, a legend in his own right, recently dubbed the question of Wembanyama's position as one of the camp's "cool" puzzles. Standing at an astounding 7-foot-3 ½, one might expect Wembanyama to fit neatly into the center position.

Yet, the fluidity with which he has integrated into the Spurs' gameplay has the team – and the league – buzzing. "It just goes without saying that I'm sometimes playing the same role as (point guard) Tre Jones, sometimes the same as (center) Zach Collins, sometimes as (guard/forward) Devin Vassell," said Wembanyama in a Tuesday afternoon interview.

He emphasized the absence of positional confines, adding, "On a lot of set plays, it really depends on where you are. But I can be the point guard just like I can be the wing. It doesn't matter."

The Rookie's Early Impact

Aside from the on-court versatility, these training days have been instrumental in fostering camaraderie. "I mean it was very useful in order to get to know each other," Wembanyama shared.

He feels the game becomes "more free" in open runs, allowing players to showcase their court personalities. Veteran forward Doug McDermott had a firsthand experience of Wembanyama's prowess during these open runs. Reflecting on a play where he thought he had secured a shot, he said, "I came off a handoff in open gym a couple weeks ago and I thought I had a wide-open three and all of a sudden an arm just comes out of nowhere and takes the ball out of the air." For McDermott, having Wembanyama on the team has been a defensive boon, half-jokingly stating it eases his defensive lapses, knowing the rookie is there to rectify them.

In McDermott's words, "He does some things you can't really explain." As fans eagerly await the season's kickoff, there's a palpable excitement surrounding Wembanyama. His exceptional coordination, unselfish gameplay, and ability to shoot from anywhere on the court promise an electrifying NBA season.

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