There is little doubt that center/forward Victor Wembanyama will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Where he will go, though, nobody knows. And the 7-foot-4 do-it-all said he doesn’t really care. He added that he hasn’t been following all that closely when it comes to teams in the race to win the draft lottery — such as the Rockets, Spurs, Hornets and Pistons.
“Let’s just say I’ve been following along, but it’s easier to watch teams at the top of the standings,” Wembanyama said, via Brian Windhorst and Jonathan Givony of ESPN. “It’s a little hard to look down.”
Currently starring for Metropolitans 92 of France, Wembanyama already looks ready for the NBA at the age of 19. While he said he tends to watch only the best and the brightest, he added he’s absolutely fine with wherever he may play next season.
“There is no wrong team,” Wembanyama said. “I am not worried; there is no bad organization. I never tell myself I don’t like to go there.”
Wherever it is, he’s expected to make an immediate impact and change the course of a franchise. So we may see some hard tanking here in the final 20-25 games of the regular season.
“The only thing I can tell you is I love winning, and I hate losing. I want to build something that eventually is going to be remembered,” Wembanyama said. “But it’s more about building every day, adding a little piece to the building every day.”
Meanwhile, Lakers star LeBron James offered a bit of advice — and that is to put basketball over business, at least at the start.
“The most important thing [for him] is stay true to the game,” James said, via Windhorst and Givony. “And that’s one thing for me. I always tell myself, ‘I’m going to commit to the game. I’m going to train. I’m going to prepare myself physically, mentally, spiritually, to give to the game if you want to be great.’
“The second thing is don’t forget to have fun because it becomes a business. It becomes a business right away. And he’s going through it right now, and it’s going to get even — I don’t want to say worse, but it gets even more demanding on you on the business side.”