Wemby Watch: Reasons every NBA team can be thankful for Victor Wembanyama

It’s Thanksgiving week and since this room is dedicated to a single basketball player, it seemed only natural to do a little research on how our French protagonist will be spending his vacation. And “research” is a placeholder for Google, and “holiday” means (in this case) Thanksgiving, but of course Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in France. According to Google, most of France isn’t even sure what Thanksgiving is. (Royale with cheese. Hey, if you know, you know – if not, do your “research”.)

So Victor Wembanyama has to go about his week as usual for now. A year from now he’ll be munching on turkey drumsticks and all in the middle of the afternoon watching the Detroit Lions concede their fifth touchdown of the day along with the rest of us. But until then, he’ll just have to settle for the wealth and celebrity that comes with his notable basketball gifts. Speaking of gifts…

Wembanyama keeps Mets 92 hot

After a successful two-game stint with France senior team for two FIBA ​​qualifiers, Wembanyama picked up exactly where he left off with his Mets 92 team this week and scored 30 points – his second 30-piece of the season – in a 92-85 win over Nanterre 92.

Against Nanterre, the team where he first signed as a pro in 2019, Wembanyama also tied his season-high with five blocks. With the win, Mets 92 extended their winning streak to seven games and finished first in the league after opening the season with a loss.

watching Wemby

Mets 92 will be back in action on Nov. 26 with a showdown against SLUC Nancy Basket scheduled for 2 p.m. The game – actually all of Wembanyama’s games this season – will be streamed for free on the NBA app.

  • Nov. 26 – Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in Nancy, 2 p.m. ET
  • December 2 – Fos-sur-Mer, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • December 6 – in Roanne, 2:00 p.m. ET

race down

We’re going to do something different this week. In recognition of Thanksgiving, let’s find one thing each of our bottom seven teams have to be thankful for — aside from their slim chance of Wembanyama.

7. Thunder from Oklahoma City: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander eats the sun and drinks the sky. If it’s possible to compete for the MVP award with a sub-500 team, he will. He’s a 3-pointer shy of a 50-40-90 season and he’s averaging over 31 points per game. The result doesn’t matter for the Thunder this season. Tune in to their games to see this basketball jedi do things no one else on earth can do.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis found the Fountain of Youth, and apparently it’s in El Segundo. LeBron James believes that Davis plays like his old self, and it’s hard to disagree based on his performance as James was injured. The season could have ended for the 2-10 Lakers if James had been sidelined. Instead, Davis has dragged her back to the abyss of respectability. The Pelicans might not be thrilled, but the Lakers are very grateful the superstar they were once traded back at full strength.

5.San Antonio Spurs: Remember when Devin Vassell was supposed to be a 3D role player? Neither does he. The third-year wing thrives in an extended role at over 20 points per game. More importantly, he creates many of these points for himself. Vassell’s pick-and-roll ball handler scores 1.111 points per ball possession, which ranks in the 92nd percentile leaguewise. He may not be a superstar but he would be a great teammate for Wembanyama if the lottery goes San Antonio’s way.

4. Orlando Magic: I’m just leaving this bol bol highlight roll here for you to enjoy at your leisure. The Magic may not get Wembanyama, but they do have the discounted version.

3. Charlotte Hornet: Okay… this one’s a challenge… I think they’re seventh in the NBA in terms of offensive rebound rate? Their uniforms are still cool. Yes, it works. Be thankful for cool uniforms.

2. Detroit Piston: Jaden Ivey has averaged over 21 points per game in his last five appearances, and he’s done it on a league-average 3-point shooting. In a perfect world, the Pistons would have a healthy Cade Cunningham, but the silver lining for them is the opportunity his injury has given them to develop Ivey. The number 4 pick made the most of this opportunity and if he keeps shooting well his incredible speed will only make him a deadlier driver.

1. Houston Missiles: It’s often said that fans don’t like watching teams lose. These fans have never seen the Rockets. They’re bad, but they’re not remotely boring. KJ Martin is one of the best dunkers in the NBA. Alperen Sengun is definitely the NBA’s best Alperen Sengun, and to better understand what that means, you should probably just check out some of the crazy stuff he’s doing in the post. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. rack up a lot of points and give up even more. No one in Houston is asking the Rockets to fast-forward their rebuild because they’re utterly fun the way they are.

defeat of the week

Nothing too outrageous this week, so we’re going to take the opportunity to remind everyone to take out enemy guards. Bol Bol didn’t do that well enough in Saturday’s loss to Indiana. If so, a 108-107 loss would be like a 109-106 win for Magic.

It seems like we use that excuse for the magic every week, but that’s a mistake by a young team. As of this writing, Bol Bol has only played 80 combined NBA and collegiate games. Basic bugs like this will clear up with age. And if they help Orlando land Wembanyama? Well… nobody complains.

games of the weak

Saturday, November 26: Thunder at Rockets: OKC almost escaped the last seven last week but they lost back-to-back and the limited Gilgeous-Alexander line-up will only allow for a limited number of wins. A trip to Houston is just what the doctor ordered.

Saturday, November 26: Lakers at Spurs: The Spurs and Lakers actually play twice this week, once on Friday and once on Saturday. If our goal is to find the worst games of the week, we should probably go for the second half of their consecutive game.

Monday, November 28: pacemaker at Lakers: Sure, the game itself will be nice, but the prelude and postlude will be the real story here. We’ll see hugs and handshakes and cryptic quotes from LeBron James about Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. Who knows, maybe the Pacers will just leave them in Los Angeles if the game goes well enough.


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