Victor Wembanyama’s historic triple-double by the numbers: Spurs star rookie blocks 10 shots vs. Raptors

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We all knew Victor Wembanyama would rewrite the NBA’s record books when he arrived in the NBA, but nobody could have predicted that it would come this quickly. On Monday, Wembanyama and his San Antonio Spurs faced the Toronto Raptors in a battle of sub-.500 teams that even the most ardent of NBA League Pass addicts could be forgiven for skipping. Those who did tune in, however, witnessed perhaps the best game of the Rookie of the Year favorite’s young career: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks, five assists and two steals in San Antonio’s 122-99 victory.

His performance was an all-around masterpiece. Not only did he set a career-high in blocks, but he finished among his own top-10 outputs in points, rebounds and assists. It was just the second triple-double the No. 1 overall pick has ever posted. But it wasn’t just personal history that Wembanyama made here. It was league history. Let’s take a look at Wembanyama’s monster game by the numbers:

This was the 91st overall triple-double that included at least 10 blocks. The last was from Clint Capela in 2021.Wembanyama is just the fourth rookie to record a triple-double that included blocks. Mark Eaton and Ralph Sampson both did so once in 1983. In 1990, another Spur, David Robinson, did so three times. That means that four out of the total six rookie triple-doubles with blocks were recorded by Spurs. Remember, Eaton and Sampson were both four-year college players, and Robinson spent two years in the Navy after his college career. That makes Wembanyama the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with blocks by far. Wembanyama is currently 20 years and 40 days old. Sampson, at 23 years and 155 days, was the youngest rookie to do so before him, though Shaquille O’Neal, at 21 years and 259 days, was the youngest player overall to do so as his came in his second season.Let’s remove the triple-double…


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Author : Sam Quinn

Publish date : 2024-02-13 04:31:32

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