No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama is the most highly-anticipated rookie since LeBron James, but during an appearance on Podcast P with Paul George, Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green expressed concern with the high expectations for Wembanyama.
“I think people are setting him up for failure,” Green said on the podcast according to Fox News. “To say he’s going to be an All-Star next year as if he don’t have to figure this game out, I don’t really buy that. I think he will be special but All-Star next year, I think that’s a bit much.”
But that doesn’t mean Green doesn’t have high hopes for Wembanyama. In fact, he thinks that even if all else fails for the 7-foot-5 phenom, he can have a long career as a rim protector in the NBA.
“Him as a rim protector. That is what I think most people aren’t talking about, and I actually think that’s what separates him,” Green said. “Because if all else fails, if he gets to the league and because he’s 7-5 he can’t handle it as much as he wants, or because the three-point line is much further his shot ain’t as good as it’s been … If all of that fails, him as a rim protector is as elite as we have in the NBA.
“So, you already have one thing that already puts you in an elite category. And as we all know, teams are always looking for rim protectors.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how Wembanyama adjusts to the NBA game.