Wembanyama denies ROTY race is over, names what could deprive him of the award

Victor Wembanyama explained why individual awards like Rookie of the Year are very important to him and what success in the NBA is all about.

Victor Wembanyama’s meteoric rise in his inaugural NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs has captivated basketball fans worldwide, positioning him as a frontrunner for the coveted Rookie of the Year (ROTY) award.

The French phenom has been nothing short of spectacular, boasting impressive averages of 20.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game, solidifying his status as the leading contender on the rookie ladder.

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With a remarkable 31 games of scoring 20 or more points and 31 double-doubles to his name, Wembanyama’s dominance extends beyond mere statistics. His league-leading shot-blocking prowess and a memorable 5×5 performance against the formidable Los Angeles Lakers further underscore his impact on the court.

Notably, Wembanyama has also transcended the realm of traditional metrics, amassing over 1 billion social media video views, a testament to his burgeoning popularity and global appeal, trailing only NBA superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry in online engagement.

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However, despite his commanding lead in the ROTY race, Wembanyama remains humble and focused on the task at hand. In a recent statement, he emphasized his commitment to team success, emphasizing the importance of maintaining peak performance throughout the remainder of the season.

“I don’t even ask myself the question if this race is over or not because I want to win games, and we have 22 remaining,” he remarked. “So I have to keep performing. It’s very important for me because I’m convinced that the best way for me to help my team is by also individually performing on a whole season. So, yes, individual awards like Rookie of the Year are very important for me.”

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Despite his remarkable achievements and statistical superiority over his competitors, Wembanyama remains grounded, citing the exemplary consistency of NBA luminaries like Joel Embiid, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Giannis Antetokounmpo as models to emulate.

“To me, the great players, especially today, when you see [Joel] Embiid, Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander], Giannis [Antetokounmpo], they don’t score 30 points one night and then 15 or 20 the next,” he observed. “They score 30 every night. Success in this league is performing during the 82 games; you must have it at every game. They aren’t satisfied with performing only a few times. I’d like to follow their example.”

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In a season filled with electrifying performances and rookie sensations, Victor Wembanyama has undoubtedly emerged as a transcendent talent, poised to leave an indelible mark on the NBA landscape for years to come.

As the race for the Rookie of the Year award reaches its climax, one thing remains certain: Wembanyama’s unwavering dedication to excellence and team success will continue to set him apart as a true force to be reckoned with in the basketball world.

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