Draymond Green says people are ‘setting Victor Wembanyama up for failure,’
Draymond Green says people are ‘setting up Victor Wembanyama for failure’ as he explains how he would defend 7-foot-4 rated rookie
- Wembanyama was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft by the Spurs as predicted
- He predicted that Wemby’s ability to defend the edge would make him successful
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Golden State Warriors superstar Draymond Green believes people are putting too much pressure on No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama and misleading the young star.
NBA scouts, executives, fans and even players spent months hovering over Wembanyama after watching the 7-foot-4 Frenchman display the shooting and ball-handling ability of a player half his size before being selected by the San Anthony Spurs.
“I think people trap him like, ‘Oh, he’s going to be an All-Star next year.’ Man, it’s hard to be an All-Star in this league,” Green continued Podcast P with Paul George.
“If he does now, God be upon him, more power to you,” Green added. “But to say he’s going to be an All-Star next year like he doesn’t have to figure this game out, I don’t really believe it.
“I think he’ll be special, but an All-Star next year, I think that’s a bit much.”
Draymond Green said he believes people are ‘trapping Victor Wembanyama’
Wembanyama was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs as predicted
The 7-foot-4 Frenchman has amazed scouts with his shooting and dribbling skills at such a size
Spurs fans recently greeted Wembanyama with chants of “Wem-VP!, Wem-VP!, Wem-VP!” when he got off a flight to Texas last week.
Hype among San Antonio’s fanbase has been at an all-time high for months, seeing season ticket sales skyrocket after the team was awarded the first pick in this year’s draft.
Spurs fans also formed a huge queue outside the team store at the AT&T Center in the moments after the Wembanyama pick was officially made.
Green, who has been named to eight NBA All-Defensive teams, also talked about how he planned to guard the 19-year-old giant when they eventually go head-to-head, noting that it was going to be a physical battle.
“You don’t just dribble through me like the Harlem Globetrotters. I’m sorry,’ said Green.
“You can’t let him get comfortable. You make him feel comfortable and you lose, because you can’t block his shot.
“Maybe he doesn’t even see your game. So with a guy like that you have to do your work early.’
“I’ve been pushing him from the moment he starts running down the field. When they get the rebound and they start coming, I jostle because I can’t get him into a space where he’s comfortable.”
Green also predicted that Wembanyama’s ability to defend the rim would lead him to success
The 33-year-old Green went on to say that he believes Wembanyama will become a successful player in the league largely because of his tall stature.
“But I’m going to tell you what I think separates him the most and that’s going to make him pretty special in his own right, apart from anything else he can do: him as a rim protector,” said Green.
“That’s what most people don’t talk about, I think, and I actually think that’s what sets him apart, because when all else fails…he’s as elite an edge guard as we have in the NBA.” So you already have one thing that puts you in an elite category.”