Wembanyama, unanimous Rookie of the Year

Wembanyama, unanimous Rookie of the Year

Victor Wimbanyama has been named the NBA Rookie of the Year after a record-breaking first season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Victor Wimbanyama came into the NBA with enormous expectations and responded with one of his best rookie campaigns The most the league has ever seen.

Wembanyama was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year on MondayGetting 99 votes for first place. the hub Oklahoma City Thunder's Chet Holmgren, the second pick in the 2022 NBA DraftHe came in second place with 98 second-place votes. Second choice last season The Charlotte Hornets' Brandon Miller finished third.

Wimbanyama Become Sixth unanimous rookie of the year In the history of the NBA, join Ralph Sampson (1984), David Robinson (1990), Blake Griffin (2011), Damian Lillard (2013) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2016). He also joins the other two No. 1 picks in San Antonio Spurs in franchise history As award winners, they join Robinson and Tim Duncan (1998).

In 71 games this season Wimbanyama averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 3.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. The last player to average 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a season was Shaquille O'Neal, who did so in his MVP season in 1999-2000.

Wembanyama became the second rookie in NBA history Leading the league in blocks (since blocks were officially recorded as a statistic in 1973-74), join manute bol, who accomplished this feat in 1985–86. Wembanyama is the first rookie to record 250 blocks in a season since Alonzo Mourning and O'Neal did it in 1992-93. The 4.5 blocks per game that Wimpanyama averaged after the All-Star break were the most of any player after the All-Star break. Break since Dikembe Mutombo in 1994.

Your rate 4.81 steals and blocks per game are the most “actions” Of any player in one season Since Ben Wallace did it in 2001-2002the first year he won Defensive Player of the Year.

Wembanyama is one of three finalists for Defensive Player of the Year along with Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat. Due to the team's modest defensive nature. Wembanyama could eventually become the first rookie to make the All-Defense first team in the weekend.

As much as Wembanyama excelled on the defensive end, Wembanyama's offense moved faster than many expected. With 128 triples, he became the first player in NBA history with 250 blocks and 100 triples. In the same season.

middle 0.72 points per minute this season, The most in a single season for any rookie since Michael Jordan (Minimum 1000 minutes).

Wembanyama also scored triple doubles: One with assists and the other with blocks. On January 10, he recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Detroit Pistons. Just over a month later, on February 12, he recorded 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 blocks against the Toronto Raptors.

And just 11 days after that, Wembanyama scored the winning goal in the 5×5 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing the game with 27 points and 10 rebounds.eight assists, five blocks and five steals, becoming the youngest player to achieve 5×5 in NBA history.

In additional performance Against the New York Knicks on March 29, Wembanyama scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. In his highest game of the season.

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Since blocks became an official statistic, the only other players to have a 40-point, 20-rebound, 5-on-5 game and 10-block game in their careers are Hakeem Olajuwon and Anthony Davis.

For all of Wimbanyama's accomplishments, San Antonio finished with the same record as last season (22-60) and needed seven wins in their last 11 games to get there.

Tottenham are still a young team, and while no one thought their record wouldn't improve, Wimpanyama sees a long-term vision.

“At no point did I think I wasn't in the best position. I wasn't in the best place,” Wembanyama said on the final day of the season. He added: “Of course I hoped that we would be in the qualifiers and I hope that we do not lose 60 games, of course.

“But as hard as it is today, I know it's long-term. I trust my teammates 100 percent and I trust the project. So, my confidence really… has never been shaken at any point.”

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