Wemby Watch: Reasons why each NBA team racing to the bottom for Victor Wembanyama can be thankful


It’s Thanksgiving week, so naturally, since this space is dedicated to a single basketball player, it was only natural to do a little research on how our French protagonist would spend his vacation. And “research” is a replacement for Google, and “holiday” means (in this case) Thanksgiving, but of course, in France, Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated. In fact, according to Google, most of France doesn’t even know what Thanksgiving is. (Royale with cheese. Hey, if you know, you know, if not, do your “research”.)

So for now, Victor Vembanyama has to live his normal life. In a year, he’ll be munching on turkey legs and all the side dishes in the middle of the day, watching the Detroit Lions hit their fifth touchdown of the day with the rest of us. But until then, he’ll just have to make do with the wealth and fame that comes with his amazing basketball gifts. Speaking of those gifts…

Wembanyama keeps the Mets 92 hot

After a successful two-legged spell for France in a pair of FIBA ​​qualifiers, Uembanyama picked up where he left off with his Mets 92 this week, scoring 30 points, his second 30-time mark. season – in a victory over “Nanterre 92” with a score of 92-85.

Against Nanterre, the side he first signed as a professional in 2019, Vembanyama also equaled his season high with five blocks. With this victory, the Mets 92 extended their winning streak to seven games and finished first in the league after opening the season with a loss.

Watching Wemby

The Mets 92 will return to action on November 26, with a 2:00 p.m. scheduled bout against SLUC’s Nancy Basket. The game – in fact, all of Wembanyama’s games this season – will be streamed for free on the NBA app.

  • November 26 – Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in Nancy, 2:00 pm ET
  • December 2 – Fos-sur-Mer, 2:30 pm ET
  • December 6 – in Roan, 2:00 pm ET

Race to the bottom

This week we will do something a little different. In honor of Thanksgiving, let’s find one thing each of our seven worst teams should be thankful for – besides their weak shot at Wembanyama.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder: Shai Gilgeus-Alexander eats the sun and drinks the sky. If there is an opportunity to compete for the MVP award on a team under .500, he will do so. He is one 3 points short of the 50-40-90 season and is averaging over 31 points per game. The result doesn’t even matter to the Thunder this season. Tune in to their games to see this Basketball Jedi do what no one else on Earth can do.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis has found the Fountain of Youth, and apparently he is in El Segundo. LeBron James thinks Davis plays like before, and it’s hard not to agree with his game, as James got injured. The season could have ended 2-10 for the Lakers without James. Instead, Davis pushed them back to the abyss of respectability. The Pelicans may not be thrilled about this, but the Lakers are very grateful that superstar once they exchanged for the back in full force.

5. San Antonio Spurs: Remember when Devin Vassell was supposed to be a 3-and-D role player? He too. The third year thrives in the extended role, scoring over 20 points per game. More importantly, he creates many of these glasses for himself. Wassell has a 1,111 pick-and-roll ball possession score of 92 in the league. He may not be a superstar, but he’ll make a great teammate for the Wembanyama if the lottery goes in San Antonio’s favor.

4. Orlando Magic: I will just leave this video of Bol Bol here for you to enjoy at your leisure. The Magic may not get Wembanyama, but they do have a discounted version.

3. Charlotte Hornets: Okay… that’s a challenge… I guess they’re seventh in the NBA in offensive rebounding? Their uniforms are still cool. Yes, it works. Be thankful for the cool uniform.

2. Detroit Pistons: Jayden Ivey is averaging over 21 points per game in his last five games, and he’s doing it near league average with three-point shots. In an ideal world, the Pistons would have had a healthy Cade Cunningham, but the upside for them is the opportunity his injury gave them to develop Ivey. No. 4 made the most of this opportunity and if he continues to shoot well, his incredible speed will make him an even more deadly racer.

1. Houston Rockets: It’s often said that fans don’t like to see losing teams. These fans have never watched the Rockets. They are bad, but not boring. KJ Martin is one of the best dunkers in the NBA. Alperen Sengun is by far the best Alperen Sengun in the NBA, and to better understand what that means, you should probably just look at some of the funky stuff he does in the post. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are scoring a ton of points and giving away even more of them. No one in Houston is demanding that the Rockets speed up the recovery process because they are so much fun already.

Loss of the week

There hasn’t been anything too egregious this week, so we’ll take this opportunity to remind everyone to kill the opposing guards. Bol Bol didn’t do it well enough in Saturday’s loss to Indiana. Otherwise, a 108–107 loss is equivalent to a 109–106 victory for the Magic.

It seems like we use this excuse for the Magic every week, but it’s a young team’s fault. As of this writing, Bol Bol has only played 80 NBA and college games. These basic mistakes are corrected with age. What if they help Orlando land at Wembanyama? Well… nobody complains.

Games of the weak

Saturday, November 26: Thunder in rockets: Last week, OKC almost fell into the bottom seven, but they lost two matches in a row, and the limited composition of Gilgeus-Alexander will not allow them to win too much. A trip to Houston is just what the doctor ordered.

Saturday, November 26: Lakers vs. Spurs The Spurs and Lakers play twice this week, once on Friday and once on Saturday. If our goal is to find the worst games of the week, we should probably pick the second half of them in a row.

Monday, November 28: Pacers to the Lakers: Of course, the game itself will be good, but the real story here will be before and after the game. We’ll see hugs, handshakes and LeBron James’ cryptic quotes about Buddy Heald and Miles Turner. Who knows, maybe if the game goes well enough, the Pacers will just keep them in LA.

Source: www.cbssports.com