The first pick of the 2023 NBA Draft was a foregone conclusion. Victor Wembanyama was always going to be the top choice, and the Spurs were fortunate enough to have won the draft lottery. As he prepares for his rookie season in the NBA, there is immense pressure on him to perform at an elite level. However, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors believes that this high level of expectation could be detrimental to Wembanyama’s success.
While Green may not have experienced the hype of being a top pick in the draft, he is well-versed in championship basketball. During a recent podcast with Paul George, Green expressed his thoughts on Wembanyama. He believes that the French player has the potential to be special, but he needs time to adjust to the NBA game before fans can expect him to become an all-star.
Green acknowledges that Wembanyama possesses exceptional talent, particularly as a rim protector, but he remains unsure about his offensive abilities. Ultimately, playing in the NBA will be a significant adjustment for Wembanyama, and it may not be fair to expect him to excel right away. However, Green is optimistic that Wembanyama has what it takes to become one of the league’s brightest young stars.