“It’s Going to Be Some Kind of Struggle”: Despite 7’5 Victor Wembanyama’s Craze Taking Over NBA World, Draymond Green and Paul George Still Put Question Marks

Published 07/06/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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Victor Wembanyama is currently taking the NBA world by storm. With analysts predicting that the 19-year-old Frenchman will be an All-Star by his sophomore year, the expectations on the No.1 pick are sky high. But Draymond Green and Paul George think otherwise.

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Green recently sat with George to discuss the league’s intricacies and it’s supposed poster boy. The talk of the town has already gained tremendous attention from fans around the world.

Draymond Green and Paul George have their say about Wembanyama

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Green was part of “Podcast P with Paul George” to discuss the generational prospect. Interestingly, both the superstars agreed on what they feel Wembanyama’s future is going to be in the NBA.

I think in the beginning its gotta be some type of struggle,” George said. The Golden State Warriors forward seemed to agree, “I think people are setting him up for failure.” He followed that up with stronger statements saying, “It’s hard to become an All Star in this league,….I think he’ll be special but All Star next year is a bit much.”

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Green, however, explained what sets Wembanyama apart from others. “Him as a rim protector….him as a rim protector is as elite as we have in the NBA.”

George mentioned “it’s a unicorn. It’s a rare area that he’s in” describing players of Wembanyama’s size and their position in the NBA.

The discussions surrounding the No.1 pick have been prevalent ever since he was identified by NBA scouts. But what makes Wembanyama so exciting?

Wembanyama’s potential is unlike any other

Victor Wembanyama is one of the tallest players to play in the NBA. However, his skillset is unlike anyone his size. With elite shot making ability and rim protection, Wembanyama makes a strong case for being a generational talent.

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Besides, Wemby is already seen as the face of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, which boasts of big names like Tim Duncan and David Robinson in their history.

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Wembanyama’s potential is undeniable. Although, with the questions raised by the two NBA veterans, it would be interesting to see how Wembanyama fares against them. 

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Were the veterans right in their assessment of the No.1 pick? Will Wembanyama prove them wrong? Well, let the game begin.

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Sachit Kaundinya

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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it’s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Bilal Handoo

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