How Victor Wembanyama was inspired by Warriors' unique style of play
How Wembanyama was inspired by Warriors' style of play originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors' dynasty served as an inspiration to many young basketball players around the world. Including one Victor Wembanyama.
In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo, Wembanyama discussed his style of play and how watching the Warriors during the 2010s served as inspiration for him.
"They won, they enjoyed themselves and they did it in style," Wembanyama said of the Warriors.
Projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, the French basketball star is one of the most sought-after prospects in years.
This season with the Metropolitans 92 of the LNB Pro A (France's top basketball league), the 7-foot-3 forward/center is averaging 22.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game on 47.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.9 percent from 3-point range.
What makes Wembanyama such an elite prospect is his eye-popping size and playmaking ability. The 19-year-old also is not afraid to take shots from anywhere on the court.
“Taking, like, bad or weird shots, it isn’t new for me,” Wembanyama said. “You can ask any coaches I’ve played for. They’ve seen me do crazy stuff. Sometimes they thought I was crazy.
“Something I’m proud of in my life is that I’ve kept [going] this whole time. And it required a lot of mental strength.”
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Teams such as the Houston Rockets (13-45), San Antonio Spurs (14-46), Detroit Pistons (15-45) and Charlotte Hornets (18-43) seemingly have been in a race to the bottom of the league's standings and likely will have the best odds to secure the top pick.
Despite the disappointing season, the Warriors almost certainly will come nowhere near close enough to selecting Wembanyama in the draft.
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