Spurs make controversial Wembanyama decision
San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama. Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs make controversial Victor Wembanyama decision

Two games. That's all we're going to see of Victor Wembanyama in Summer League. According to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News , the San Antonio Spurs will be shutting down the top pick in the 2023 NBA draft.

"Can report Victor Wembanyama is now 100% finished with summer league, per the Spurs," Finger reported on Twitter. "All along, two games was the plan. Spurs wanted him to get a taste of the NBA, and he got it. Team saw what it wanted to see, now giving him a break after a busy 12 months."

Wembanyama provided fans with mixed performances during his two Summer League outings. 

The highly touted prospect showed tremendous upside as a rim protector and shot blocker. Wembanyama also flashed a multitude of scoring skills. However, the Spurs rookie also appeared to struggle with the physicality of play and often looked too slight when trying to work in the post.

In truth, Wembanyama had a solid two games. However, the media hype and fan expectations raised the bar to an unrealistic level. We have to accept that Wembanyama is not LeBron James. You don't have to be athletically gifted when you're 7-foot-3 with three-level scoring, a tight dribble and reportedly an excellent work ethic. 

The Spurs will need to give Wembanyama time. Fans will need to give Wembanyama times. And most of all, Wembanyama will need to give himself time. San Antonio will likely get their latest recruit into the weight room over the summer as they look to improve his core strength and durability. Coming over from the French league will ensure Wembanyama is in for a tough adjustment period. 

San Antonio still has a potential generational talent on their hands; he's just not coming as ready-made as James once did. Everybody's journey is different. And if we learned anything from Wembanyama's first two games, it's that his journey is going to be one heck of a ride. 

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