That is the type of uncommon stat line the San Antonio Spurs envisioned once they landed the No. 1 decide in final summer time’s draft.
The rookie Spurs heart posted 27 factors, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks, 5 assists and two steals in a 122-99 blowout of the Raptors in Toronto. He shot 10 of 14 from the sphere, 2 of 4 from 3-point distance and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. He did all of it in 29 minutes. His seven turnovers marked the one blemish on his stat line.
The feat arrives simply weeks after Wembanyama’s first career triple-double. In that recreation, a 130-108 win over the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 10, Wembanyama posted 16 factors, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It took him all of 21 minutes to do it.
Wemby leaves blowout early after securing triple-double
Wembanyama recorded his career-high ninth block late within the third quarter on Monday with a stuff of a Scottie Barnes dunk try from behind.
His tenth block emphatically despatched again a Gradey Dick putback try with 6:35 remaining and secured the triple-double.
The 112-87 Spurs lead at that time was sufficiently big that head coach Gregg Popovich felt comfy pulling his prized rookie from the sport.
Uncommon triple-double evokes recreation’s greats
Monday’s effort places Wembanyama in uncommon firm. Per ESPN, he is the primary participant since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1996 to tally 20-plus factors, 10-plus rebounds, 10-plus blocks and 5 assists in a single recreation.
Per StatMuse, he is solely the fourth rookie in NBA historical past to document a triple-double with blocks and the primary since Spurs nice David Robinson did it 3 times in 1990. Mark Eaton and Ralph Sampson are the opposite two, every reaching the feat in 1983.
The triple-double was the primary of its variety since Atlanta Hawks heart Clint Capela recorded 13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 23, 2021.
Wembanyama’s within the midst of a exceptional rookie marketing campaign that is largely seen him meet the gargantuan expectations that he arrived with within the NBA. He entered Monday averaging 20.3 factors, 10 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals and a league-best three blocks per recreation whereas capturing 46.4% from the ground and 31.6% from 3-point distance on 4.9 makes an attempt per recreation.
His percentages and effectivity solely undertaking to enhance as his recreation matures. The subsequent step shall be translating his particular person accolades into staff success. The Spurs entered Monday in final place within the West at 10-43. Monday’s effort in opposition to the Raptors in a 23-point win is the precise type of impression the Spurs have been hoping for.