HomeSportsVictor Wembanyama lived up to the hype. Was his rookie season...

Victor Wembanyama lived up to the hype. Was his rookie season the best of all time?

Welcome at the Victor Wembanyama experience. Come one, come all, because there’s a 6-foot-4 Frenchman who you can make nutmeg from the bounce, block your three-pointers, step back from 3, took his own step back in two steps And dive on you from a standstill outside the restricted area. See the human cheat code.

Here, we’ve tracked the San Antonio Spurs rookie’s progress against the most anticipated prospects of the past 50 years, using Yahoo Sports’ own default fantasy basketball settings to rank their production.

But first a few words…

Let’s take a moment to reflect on what Wembanyama has just accomplished. After the first week of the season, he was never worse than sixth on this list, climbing as high as second and finishing third – one of the best rookie seasons with the best prospects of the past half-century.

The question wasn’t whether Wembanyama would be good. We wondered if he was the best prospect since LeBron James or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the three greatest players in NBA history.

And he lived up to those expectations.

(For the record, it’s impossible to know how many Victor Vector points Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) would have generated as a rookie, as the league didn’t track steals, blocks and turnovers at the time, but he generated more points than anyone therefore on this list for we even try to explain his blocks. He was also a 22-year-old rookie who competed in a 14-team league that split the player pool with the ABA.)

Wembanyama is the greatest teenage rookie ever in the NBA, even better than James, and it’s not close:

  • Wemanyama (2023-24): 21.4 PTS (47/33/80), 10.6 REB, 3.9 AST (3.7 TO), 1.2 STL, 3.6 BLK

  • James (2003-04): 20.9 PTS (42/29/75), 5.5 REB, 5.9 AST (3.5 TO), 1.6 STL, 0.7 BLK

Wembanyama deserves consideration for All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year. He finished the season as one of the 20 most impactful players in a league that has never been so deep. It’s insane.

Even crazier: how Wembanyama characterized his progress after one season.

Asked how his current level compares to the level he hopes to reach, Wembanyama told French media“I’d say I’m currently 15% between my first NBA game and what I hope will be my best.”

Fifteen percent. It’s impossible to imagine a player who is about seven times better than Wembanyama is now. That is exaggerated. (His teammates are closer to 15% of what we hope they will be than he is.) But even if Wembanyama is at 60% of his maximum self, it’s easy to imagine him as the best player in the world one day.

See also  RBC Heritage Best Bets - Yahoo Sports

And that’s really all we could have asked for from his rookie season.

We discovered how it all came out in the wash. That’s what the tracker was for. Before we’re done, a key:

  • Seasonal averages: Points (FG%/3P%/FT%), rebounds, assists (turnovers), steals, blocks

  • Advanced: Player efficiency rating, true-shooting percentage, win shares per 48, box plus-minus

  • Via X-games (record): Total PTS-REB-AST-STL-BLK, TO (FGA-FGM, 3:00 PM-3:00 PM, FTA-FTM)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points (through week X): Standard seasonal settings

Without further ado, the Victor Vector rankings: Week 1 (16th)Week 2 (6th)Week 3 (6th)Week 4 (5th)Week 5 (3rd)Week 6 (4th)Week 7 (4th)Week 8 (4th)Week 9 (5th)Week 10 (6th)Week 12 (4th) • • Week 14 (6th)Week 16 (6th)Week 18 (4th)Week 20 (4th)Week 22 (4th)Week 24 (2nd) • The end …

20. Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks

  • 1985–86 (50 games): 20 PTS (47/0/74), 9 REB, 2.1 BLK, 2.0 AST (3.4 TO), 1.1 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 17.4 PER, 52.6 TS%, 0.084 WS/48, 1.1 BPM

  • During 82 games (23-59): 998-451-102-54-103, 172 TO (386-814 FG, 0-5 3P, 226-306 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 1,522.7

19. Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics

  • 2007–08 (80 games): 20.3 PTS (43/29/87), 4.4 REB, 2.4 AST (2.9 TO), 1.0 STL, 0.9 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 15.8 PER, 51.9 TS%, 0.040 WS/48, -0.1 BPM

  • During 82 games (20-62): 1,624-278-192-78-75, 232 TO (587-1,366 FG, 59-205 3P, 391-448 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 1,812.3

18. Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons

  • 1981–82 (72 games): 17 PTS (42/29/70), 7.8 AST (4.2 TO), 2.9 REB, 2.1 STL, 0.2 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 14.5 PER, 48.7 TS%, 0.046 WS/48, -0.8 BPM

  • During 82 games (39-43): 1.225-209-565-150-17, 299 TO (453-1.068 FG, 17-59 3P, 302-429 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 1,962.65

See also  NFL Draft primer: Raiders need a QB, but will likely have to work to get one of the top prospects

17. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

  • 2002–2003 (82 games): 13.5 PTS (50/50/81), 8.2 REB, 1.8 BLK, 1.7 AST (2.1 TO), 0.4 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 20.6 PER, 57.0 TS%, 0.176 WS/48, 2.2 BPM

  • During 82 games (43-39): 1.104-675-137-31-147, 173 TO (401-805 FG, 1-2 3P, 301-371 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,091

16. Grant Hill, Detroit Pistons

  • 1994-95 (70 games): 19.9 PTS (48/15/73), 6.4 REB, 5 AST (2.9 TO), 1.8 STL, 0.9 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 19 PER, 54.1 TS%, 0.097 WS/48, 2.0 BPM

  • During 82 games (28-54): 1,394-445-353-124-62, 202 TO (508-1,064 FG, 4-27 3P, 374-511 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,256.45

15. Dikembe Mutombo, Denver Nuggets

  • 1991–92 (71 games): 16.6 PTS (49/0/64), 12.3 REB, 3 BLK, 2 AST (3.5 TO), 0.6 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 16.5 PER, 54.0 TS%, 0.086 WS/48, 0.0 BPM

  • During 82 games (24-58): 1.177-870-156-43-210, 252 TO (428-869 FG, 0-0 3P, 321-500 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,443.45

DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 02: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against Victor Wembanyama #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Ball Arena on April 2, 2024 in Denver, Colorado.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)DENVER, COLORADO - APRIL 02: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against Victor Wembanyama #1 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first quarter at Ball Arena on April 2, 2024 in Denver, Colorado.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photo, user agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Victor Wembanyama led the league with 3.6 blocks per game. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

14. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

  • 2003-04 (79 games): 20.9 PTS (42/29/75), 5.9 AST (3.5 TO), 5.5 REB, 1.6 STL, 0.7 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 18.3 PER, 48.8 TS%, 0.078 WS/48, 1.7 BPM

  • During 82 games (35-47): 1,654-432-465-130-58, 273 TO (622-1,492 FG, 63-217 3P, 347-460 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,564.6

13. Luka Doncić, Dallas Mavericks

  • 2018-19 (72 matches): 21.2 PTS (43/33/71), 7.8 REB, 6 AST (3.4 TO), 1.1 STL, 0.3 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 19.6 PER, 54.5 TS%, 0.101 WS/48, 3.9 BPM

  • During 82 games (33-49): 1.526-563-429-77-25, 247 TO (506-1.186 FG, 168-514 3P, 346-485 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,736.05

12. Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers

  • 1996-1997 (76 games): 23.5 PTS (42/34/70), 7.5 AST (4.4 TO), 4.1 REB, 2.1 STL, 0.3 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 18 PER, 51.3 TS%, 0.065 WS/48, 0.9 BPM

  • During 82 games (22-60): 1.787-312-567-157-24, 337 TO (625-1.504 FG, 155-455 3P, 382-544 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,751.7

11. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

  • 2005–06 (78 matches): 16.1 PTS (43/28/85), 7.8 AST (2.3 TO), 5.1 REB, 2.2 STL, 0.1 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 22.1 PER, 54.6 TS%, 0.178 WS/48, 5.2 BPM

  • During 82 games (38-44): 1.258-400-611-175-6, 183 TO (407-947 FG, 50-177 3P, 394-465 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,804.1

See also  Penske suspends key personnel at Indy 500 over St. Pete scandal: 'I apologize for any mistakes; I deeply regret it'

10. Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets

  • 1983-1984 (82 games): 21 PTS (52/25/66), 11.1 REB, 2.4 BLK, 2 AST (3.6 TO), 0.9 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 20.1 PER, 55.1 TS%, 0.108 WS/48, 0.9 BPM

  • During 82 games (29-53): 1,720-913-163-70-197, 294 TO (716-1,369 FG, 1-4 3P, 287-434 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,832.95

9. Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 1979-80 (77 games): 18 PTS (53/23/81), 7.7 REB, 7.3 AST, 2.4 STL (4.0 TO), 0.5 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 20.6 PER, 60.2 TS%, 0.180 WS/48, 4.8 BPM

  • During 78 games (60-22): 1.387-596-563-187-41, 305 TO (503-949 FG, 7-31 3P, 374-462 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,911.95

8. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

  • 2010-11 (82 games): 22.5 PTS (51/29/64), 12.1 REB, 3.8 AST (2.7 TO), 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 21.9 PER, 54.9 TS%, 0.152 WS/48, 2.6 BPM

  • During 82 games (32-50): 1,845-989-312-63-45, 223 TO (696-1,376 FG, 7-24 3P, 446-695 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 2,930.55

7. Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

  • 1984-1985 (82 games): 20.6 PTS (54/0/61), 11.9 REB, 2.7 BLK, 1.4 AST (2.9 TO), 1.2 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 21.1 PER, 56.4 TS%, 0.168 WS/48, 2.1 BPM

  • During 82 games (48-34): 1,692-974-111-99-220, 234 TO (677-1,258 FG, 0-0 3P, 338-551 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,053.65

6. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

  • 1997-98 (82 games): 21.1 PTS (55/0/66), 11.9 REB, 2.7 AST (3.4 TO), 2.5 B LK, 0.7 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 22.6 PER, 57.7 TS%, 0.192 WS/48, 4.6 BPM

  • During 82 games (56-26): 1,731-977-224-55-206, 279 TO (706-1,287 FG, 0-10 3P, 319-482 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,088.35

5. Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

  • 1979-1980 (82 games): 21.3 PTS (47/41/84), 10.4 REB, 4.5 AST (3.2 TO), 1.7 STL, 0.6 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 20.5 PER, 53.8 TS%, 0.182 WS/48, 4.5 BPM

  • During 82 games (61-21): 1.745-852-370-143-53, 263 TO (693-1.463 FG, 58-143 3P, 301-360 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,192.15

4. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

  • 1984-1985 (82 games): 28.2 PTS (52/17/85), 6.5 REB, 5.9 AST (3.5 TO), 2.4 STL, 0.8 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 25.8 PER, 59.2 TS%, 0.213 WS/48, 7.3 BPM

  • During 82 games (38-44): 2,313-534-481-196-69, 291 TO (837-1,625 FG, 9-52 3P, 630-746 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,335.75

3. Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs

  • 2023-24 (71 games): 21.4 PTS (47/33/80), 10.6 REB, 3.9 AST (3.7 TO), 1.2 STL, 3.6 BLK

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 23.1 PER, 56.5 TS%, 0.085 WS/48, 5.2 BPM

  • During 82 games (22-60): 1.522-755-274-88-254, 260 TO (551-1.186 FG, 128-394 3P, 292-367 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,365.55

2. Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando Magic

  • 1992-1993 (81 games): 23.4 PTS (56/0/59), 13.9 REB, 3.5 BLK, 1.9 AST (3.8 TO), 0.7 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 22.9 PER, 58.4 TS%, 0.163 WS/48, 3.5 BPM

  • During 78 games (41-41): 1,893-1,122-152-60-286, 307 TO (733-1,304 FG, 0-2 3P, 427-721 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,389.95

1. David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs

  • 1989-90 (82 games): 24.3 PTS (53/0/73), 12 REB, 3.9 BLK, 2.0 AST (3.1 TO), 1.7 STL

  • Advanced Beginner Stats: 26.3 PER, 59.7 TS%, 0.241 WS/48, 6.9 BPM

  • During 82 games (56-26): 1,993-983-158-132-306, 252 TO (652-1,227 FG, 0-2 3P, 585-798 FT)

  • Victor Vector Yahoo Fantasy Points: 3,545.85

- Advertisement -
RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments