What Is Victor Wembanyama’s Salary Compared to Every Rookie on the Lakers Roster?

Published 12/08/2023, 4:21 PM EST

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The San Antonio Spurs knows its fair share of success. Under the leadership of the legendary Gregg Popovich, they have won five NBA titles. The Spurs have, nevertheless, struggled in recent seasons. Despite their current limitations, the Spurs fanbase can look to the future with hope and optimism. Victor Wembanyama’s addition has completely rejuvenated the San Francisco franchise. Making an instant impact on the court, he, while doing so, has also developed a deep connection with the fanbase.

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The French player has blossomed into one of the best young talents in the NBA and is already the team’s star player. But is Wembanyama being adequately compensated by the San Antonio Spurs?

How much is Victor Wembanyama earning?

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The San Antonio Spurs won the Wembanyama sweepstakes when they were awarded the 1st pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. Wembanyama came into the league as one of the most hyped draft prospects since LeBron James in 2003. Many people were skeptical of Victor’s talents. However, Wembanyama has hit the ground running in the NBA. He has wasted no time in proving his doubters wrong, signing a four-year rookie contract worth $55 million. But, Victor is slated to receive around $12 million, this season.

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Wembanyama is earning considerably more than his rookie peers. With the Lakers being a “big-market team”, many would expect rookies on their roster to earn considerably more. That, however, isn’t the case. Lakers’ rookie, Jalen Hood-Schifino, is earning approximately $3.6 million. Lakers’ second-round pick, Maxwell Lewis is earning around $1.1 million. Meanwhile, undrafted rookie Alex Fudge is making a modest $559,782 under a two-way contract with the Lakers.

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Wembanyama’s immense talent has led to a massive difference in salaries. While the rookies on the Lakers roster observe from the bench, Wembanyama has become the cornerstone of the Spurs franchise.

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Dichotomies of the NBA dawn on Wembanyama

Wembanyama has hit the ground running in the NBA. Despite the immense hype surrounding him, Wemby hasn’t let expectations weigh him down. He has averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 19 games this season.

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Although he has impressed so far in his debut season, the Spurs have been the worst team in the NBA. They are rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, with 3 wins and 17 defeats. Can Wembanyama turn their fortunes around? Time shall tell.

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers? triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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Jayant Chhabra

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