2022 NBA Draft Grand Prize Victor Vembanyamais in the United States this week as he and his Metropolitans 92 of France take on G League Ignite in a pair of exhibition games in Las Vegas.
Features of G League Ignite Scoot Hendersonconsidered by many to be the second best pick in the upcoming draft, as well as Leonard Miller and Sidi Sissoko, two other potential first-round picks.
Representatives from all 30 NBA headquarters are expected to be in Las Vegas for most of the week as both teams practiced on Monday in anticipation of Tuesday night’s game and will do so again on Wednesday before Thursday’s game. Both games are scheduled to air on ESPN2 (Tuesday at 10 pm ET and Thursday at 3 pm ET).
Can Wembanyama live up to the hype?
Victor Vembanyama invariably called the talent of the generation. Former ESPN NBA draft analyst and current assistant general manager for the Portland Trailblazers. Mike Schmitz tweeted“Best Lead I’ve Ever Evaluated” in March of this year.
In May, sports illustrations said that Wembanyama “has gained as much strength in the NBA community as any other up-and-coming player since LeBron James”, echoing the belief that this is not a story born solely from the media, but a reflection of what journalists hear from sources in the NBA.
Enthusiasm is based on a unique combination of size, length, offensive skills and protective rim protection. He is reported to be 7’4″ with an 8′ wingspan. Some have gone as far as to say that he shoots like Kevin Duran and block shots like Rudy Gobert.
That’s an incredibly high bar for anyone, let alone an 18-year-old Frenchman playing his first major game in the United States.
If there is any concern at this point, it is a lack of strength given his long and currently lean build. The fact is that Chet Holmgrena player with a similar body structure freshly injured at the end of the season before heading off to training camp will only add to the focus on his body type and associated longevity.
Can Henderson substantiate case number one?
Scoot Henderson’s first season in G League Ignite was nothing short of a complete success. He was the program’s top long-term player and a top target in the 2023 draft. Now there are even those who are wondering if he can potentially overtake Wembanyama in the next eight months.
In short, Henderson is likely approaching this week’s games like he has everything to win and nothing to lose.
As a prospect, he ticks all the boxes you could want in a leading defenseman. He has a positional size of 6 feet 3 inches, a wingspan of plus six, a strong build, explosive athleticism and playing ability. Scouts will be following the progress of his decision-making and hitting not only this week in Las Vegas, but throughout the upcoming G League schedule.
Who else should you know?
Leonard Miller and Sidi Sissoko are considered the next best players on the Ignite roster. Miller originally applied for last year’s draft after his season at the Fort Erie International Academy in Canada, but ended up taking the G-League route after falling to develop more first-round traction. However, an extra year can do wonders for his stock as his physical abilities are undeniable.
Sissoko as a French-born who joined Ignite in the summer and openly declared his attempt to model his path after Dyson Danielsan Australian native who played his part in the lottery after spending last season with Ignite.
Lahau Conate, Tremont Waters, and Hugo Besson are three other names to know at Metropolitans 92. Konate is a 30-year veteran and 6ft 5in who is one of the best players on the team. Waters is a former LSU star who was drafted by the Celtics in 2019 and has spent the past three years bouncing between the NBA and the G League before signing with the Metropolitans this summer. Besson, a 21-year-old guard, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with 58 points.th selected in last year’s draft but opted to stay in Europe for the current season.