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The 2023 NBA draft might forever go down in history as the Victor Wembanyama draft. Wembanyama is one of the most sought-after NBA prospects. He could get a blank check if he wanted it. In the recent NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs locked down this #1 overall pick. This choice was a no-brainer for the Spurs. After all, no other basketball player has been in such demand since LeBron James. 

As Wembanyama preps for his NBA debut, everyone’s looking up to the Spurs rookie to smash Michael Jordan‘s ‘most points per game by a rookie’ record. After 39 long years, will Wembanyama finally surpass Jordan’s record?

Can Wembanyama do what Shaq and LeBron James couldn’t?

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People often compare Wembanyama’s presence on the court to that of NBA legends, such as LeBron James and Michael Jordan. However, Michael Jordan is the GOAT for a reason. Jordan’s player stats are off the charts, with some high-standing records that are yet to be crossed by his NBA descendants. 

39 years ago, Jordan went down in history as the rookie with the most points per game (ppg). He averaged 28.2 ppg in his rookie season of 1984-85, and that record has been untouched since 1976.

 

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Even high-caliber players like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James have failed to beat this record. Shaq made his NBA debut in 1992. He was the Orlando Magic‘s first overall draft pick. O’Neal finished the season as the NBA Rookie of the Year, averaging 23.4 ppg. 

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LeBron James, on the other hand, was the first-overall pick for the 2003 playoffs. He made it to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2004 and also finished the season with the Rookie of the Year title. However, he averaged only 20.9 ppg as a rookie. Shaq and James, as rookies, couldn’t even get a little closer to Michael Jordan’s iconic player stats. 

Wembanyama intends to outdo Michael Jordan

But Wembanyama can get the job done. The NBA draft of this 7-foot-2-inch, French-born basketballer itself has been so historic. With all eyes on him, Wembanyama is expected to shatter all records as he debuts as a Spurs’ rookie. Wembanyama will be seen on the court on July 7 in a contest with the Charlotte Hornets

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Wembanyama’s performance in his rookie season depends on how many games he gets to play this year. Either way, he will be walking onto the court with tremendous pressure and will just have to make the most of his time.

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We are all dying to see Wembanyama play for the Spurs. After all, a talented athlete like him comes maybe once in a generation.

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Do you think Victor Wembanyama has what it takes to beat Jordan’s record and make a new record that other players will aspire to reach? Let us know in the comments!