Why Is Victor Wembanyama Out vs Bucks? Exploring the Severity of Spurs Star’s Injury

Published 12/19/2023, 2:33 PM EST

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The San Antonio Spurs are currently one of the least-performing teams in the league. Despite poor showings by the Spurs, rookie Victor Wembanyama has impressed many people. In a brief span of time, it has become extremely clear that Wembanyama is the centerpiece around which the Spurs would like to build a future dynasty. Amongst many positive aspects, his durability has shone through. He has missed just one game this season.

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However, the Spurs fanbase faces an anxious wait, as the severity of Wemby’s ankle injury remains uncertain. Wembanyama is expected to miss tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

How serious is Wembanyama’s injury?

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The San Antonio Spurs face the daunting task of playing the in-form Bucks later tonight at the Frost Bank Center. The Spurs face an even tougher challenge as reports indicate that Victor will be absent from the game. Wembanyama is currently nursing a sore right ankle, hence his absence. According to San Antonio Express’ Tom Orsborn, “Victor is out tonight with a sore ankle but is expected to return Thursday night at Chicago.” This comes as great news for the San Antonio faithful, as Wemby’s injury isn’t serious.

Wembanyama’s teammate, Zach Collins, disclosed that Victor is feeling a sense of frustration stemming from his injury. He said, “I think Victor is frustrated he can’t play,” Collins said. “I can’t speak for him, but he’s a competitor, so he wants to be out there.” Wembanyama will miss just his second game this season. He sat out against the Pelicans on 1st November due to tightness in his right hip. With Victor sidelined, the Spurs’ frontcourt depth will be tested. Above mentioned Zach Collins could take Wembanyama’s place in the starting-5 against the Bucks.

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Crown jewel of the San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, with just 4 wins and 21 losses. However, this was expected, as the Spurs are one of the youngest teams in the league. Their main priority right now isn’t winning, but developing young talents like Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, and Keldon Johnson.

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However, amongst the array of young talents, Victor Wembanyama stands out as the crown jewel of the Spurs’ rebuild. Their future success is invariably linked to the development of Wembanyama. Victor is averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2.7 assists. The most impressive aspect of his game remains his otherworldly defensive prowess, especially rim protection. In fact, he has already become one of the best shot-blockers in the NBA. He is currently averaging 3 blocks per game, which is the joint highest with Brook Lopez. If he is this good right now, we can’t fathom how good he will become in his prime.

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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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