How tall is Victor Wembanyama, the expected No. 1 pick in 2023 NBA Draft? Height, wingspan...
From his unprecedented height, to his unreal wingspan and let’s not forget his shooting accuracy, the Frenchman has got what it takes and then some.
The 18-year-old French sensation is on every basketball fan’s mind as we draw closer and closer to the 2023 NBA Draft in which he is widely expected to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick. Let’s take a look at Victor Wembanyama.
The NBA hasn’t seen a player like Victor Wembanyama before
Between his attributes and his physical size, it’s now more than clear that the NBA and its fans are in for something special when Victor Wembanyama finally arrives in the league. Currently on the roster of the Metropolitans 92, Wembanyama will actually be taking on fellow top prospect Scott Henderson of the G League’s Ignite on Thursday night. With all the hype surrounding their showdown in Las Vegas, perhaps the most interesting soundbites is that of Draft Express founder, Jonathan Givony.
“The 18-year-old Wembanyama, who recently measured 7-foot-4 barefoot with an 8-foot wingspan, has wowed NBA executives for the past three years with his exceptional combination of fluidity, perimeter skill, shot-blocking instincts and feel for the game, and has cemented himself as the likely No. 1 pick, barring a major surprise. He was named French LNB Pro A Best Young Player two years in a row and made his EuroLeague debut last season.” Further to that, Givony disclosed that the 18-year-old Wembanyama stands at 7-foot-4 barefoot and possesses an 8-foot wingspan. Yes, that’s incredible. With that in mind, here are a few factors to consider:
Victor Wembanyama is about to be the NBA’s tallest player NBA
At the moment, there is only one player in the league who is taller than than 7-foot-three and that’s Tacko Fall, however, as he’s about to be on his way to China to play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, that leaves just Boban Marjanovic and Kristaps Porzingis, who are both listed at 7-foot-3 flat. That’s to say that Wembanyama is about to officially be the tallest player in the NBA. Needless to say, that doesn’t hurt at all.
Victor Wembanyama will also have the longest wingspan
With an 8-foot measurement, you’d think we were talking about a large bird, but no it’s just an 18-year-old French basketball prodigy. Assuming that stat is accurate, Wembanyama will edge past Marjonovic and Mo Bamba — who are both listed as having a 7-foot-10 wingspan.
The NBA hasn’t seen a player as tall as Victor Wembanyama in a long time
While some might mention the name of Dekembe Mutombo or Yao Ming who was came through the NBA Draft back in 2002, the reality is we haven’t had an NBA prospect with this much anticipation surrounding him for quite some time. Indeed, when he’s drafted, he will in fact be the tallest since the aforementioned Chinese sensation.
Though he’s huge, Victor Wembanyama can definitely shoot
When taking a look at the handful of players across league history who’ve measured above 7-feet tall, there really aren’t many who have averaged more than one 3-point attempt a game. Where the Frenchman is concerned, he’s been averaging 2.8. Indeed, when compared to Porzingis and the other 25 players in the league’s history who were 7-foot-3 or taller, their combined effort was 4.0 per 36 minutes which incredibly, is still less than what Wembanyama is posting with 5.7 per game in the same time frame. Rest assured; we’re witness the arrival of a genuine star.