NBA: Victor Wembanyama reportedly won’t be playing in the summer league | Here’s why

Victor Wembanyama not playing in the summer league

The highly touted basketball prodigy Victor Wembanyama is set to skip the upcoming NBA summer league, leaving fans and scouts wondering about the reasons behind this unexpected decision. The 7-foot-5 French sensation, often dubbed a future game-changer in the league, has garnered immense attention for his extraordinary physique, skills, and potential. However, speculations have surfaced regarding the rationale behind Wembanyama’s absence from the summer league, leaving fans eager to unravel the mystery surrounding his absence from the court during this crucial developmental period. This article delves into the possible factors influencing his decision, shedding light on its implications for his NBA journey.

Victor Wembanyama unlikely to participate in the 2023 Summer League

According to spurstalk.com, Victor Wembanyama is expected to sit out for the whole duration of the Summer League. The 2023 NBA draft will be held on June 22, 2023, wherein the first pick would obviously be Wembanyama (to the Spurs). Meanwhile, the Spurs will begin their summer league games early in July. The San Antonio Spurs seems to be taking some preventive measure with regard to generational talent.

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Fans have mixed reactions to this shocking news. Aside from a huge list of talented prospects in the upcoming draft, Victor Wembanyama is undoubtedly the best among all of them. With this, people are asking the reason why the Spurs and Wembanyama agreed to not play in the summer league.

Reason 1: Victor Wembanyama is set to compete in the LNB Pro A championship in France against Monaco

Wembanyama may be the best player in France, which makes sense that his team, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92, reached the Finals in the LNB Pro A league. Subsequently, this is also the team’s first-ever finals appearance, thanks to Wembanyama’s help.

It may not be the biggest game of his life, but this finals matchup is his biggest event in the French league. Moreover, the Mets92 are up against a very talented Monaco team featuring former NBA players like Mike James. Mets 92 lost the first two games in the finals and are looking to win game 3 to survive the best-of-five series. They will meet again on Thursday, June 15 @ 2:30 P.M Eastern Standard Time. Below are the schedules of the finals matchup between Mets 92 and AS Monaco:

  • Game 1: Mets 92 loses 87-64
  • Game 2: Mets 92 loses 95-88
  • Game 3: Thursday, June 15 at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 4 (if necessary): Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, June 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET

As informed on November 2022, NBA will stream all of Victor Wembanyama’s LNB Pro A games. The 19-year-old prospect’s games can be streamed on the NBA App and also in the official website of the NBA. The NBA App is a free streaming app and can be downloaded on PlayStore and AppStore

Reason 2: Wembanyama just played 49 games this season with the Mets 92 in the LNB Pro A and probably needs time to rest before the NBA season begins

The San Antonio Spurs were awarded the No.1 pick in the 2023 Draft during the lottery. Spurs fans were extremely happy that they have the chance of getting Victor Wembanyama to San Antonio. With the French stud just barely finishing his season in France, it’s evident that the Spurs want him to rest.

Victor Wembanyama played 49 games this season and averaged 30 minutes of playing time. It seems that the Spurs can’t afford to make the mistake of injuring their future superstar, let alone risking it in the summer league. Some are already calling out Wembanyama for “load management”, a term that, ironically, the Spurs coined during the Kawhi Leonard era. Regardless, Wembanyama needs to recover after an intense battle in the LNB Pro A Finals. With that, Wemby is expected to sit out Summer League. However, he will be practicing with the Spurs after draft night.


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