The San Antonio Spurs, led by veteran Gregg Popovich, won the number 1 draft of the North American Basketball League (NBA) for 2023, which should be the French giant Victor Wembanyama.
In the draw held on Tuesday in Chicago, the Texas State team was one of three, along with the Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons, with a 14% probability of getting the number 1 draft.
This is the third time the Spurs have won the ‘draft’ lottery, having selected David Robinson in 1987 and Tim Duncan in 1997 on the previous two occasions, key members of the dynasty that won five NBA titles.
“I’m really excited,” said team principal Peter J. Holt after the lottery.
Victor Wembanyama “is an incredible young man” and “clearly appears to be the best talent of this generation,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN television during the lottery broadcast.
The ‘draft’ will take place on June 22 in Brooklyn.
Wembanyama, 19 years old and 2.21 meters tall, plays for Boulogne-Levallois, a team in the top division of French basketball owned by Tony Parker, a former baseman who shone for the San Antonio Spurs.
Wembanyama made his debut in November for France at the age of 18, having scored 20 points and nine rebounds in less than 23 and a half minutes in a 90-65 victory over Lithuania.
Source: Futebol 365 by www.futebol365.pt.
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