5 Takeaways As Wembanyama, Scoot Dazzle In Exhibition Game Originally On NBC Sports Chicago
The 2022 NBA Draft is just months away, but all eyes are already on 2023.
Why is this the case? Let’s sum it up in four words: Victor WembanyamaScott Henderson.
Both of these rising prospects are playing like budding NBA stars, though they still have a developmental season before they’re eligible for the draft.
Wembanyama is a 7ft 4in tall man who can handle the ball and shoot 3s while Henderson is a 6ft 2in electric guard who has staggering shooting and playing potential.
After the G League Ignite’s 122-115 victory over the Metropolitans 92 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday, let’s look at some takeaways from an entertaining contest:
Victor Wembanyama is a clear, No. 1 overall prospect
It’s no small feat for Henderson’s potential, but the Metropolitans’ Wembanyama is the prospect no team should pass up. Prospects who are 7 feet 4 inches tall with a 8 foot wingspan rarely come, but when you add that Wembanyama can pull up 3s, attack downhill defenses and score in the paint and protect the perimeter against sneakier players, it’s a combination you can’t help but to salivate.
He finished the game with 37 points, five blocks and four rebounds on 11 for 20 total shooting, 7 for 11 from deep and converted 8 for 12 free throw attempts. Yes, you read that right.
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Scoot Henderson has honed his game to a new level
Henderson played 11 games for the Ignite last year, but his game still needed polishing. If it remains far from a finished product, its first returns a year later are encouraging. He’s hard to dispossess due to his close dribbling, can change direction faster than most, and has an improved 3-point shot that raises his ceiling.
Add the fact that he’s not afraid to face anyone, as evidenced here against Wembanyama, and there’s a future No. 1 option for an NBA team in the works. He finished the game with 28 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals while shooting 11 of 21 overall, 2 of 3 from long range and 4 of 6 from the charity strip.
Hugo Besson could be a steal in the second round
After being drafted No. 58 overall in 2022 by the Indiana Pacers, the very last pick, the Milwaukee Bucks rushed quickly to acquire his draft rights via trade. As he remains in France for now, Besson’s night was swept under the rug by Wembanyama and Henderson. The 6-foot-5 guard dropped 18 points, shooting 5-for-9 overall and 4-for-7 from deep (his last miss was a desperate hit). Milwaukee may have something in the works with the 21-year-old.
Leonard Miller struggles to find his shot
Miller, a 6-foot-10 tall man with a 7-foot-2 wingspan, struggled on Tuesday. The 18-year-old has the tools and advantages to become an intriguing shooting striker, but his shooting inside and outside the arc hasn’t worked. Miller finished the game with eight points, eight rebounds and two of 4 assists for 15 shooting total and 0 for 4 from deep. He has first-round potential due to his age and strengths, so he will be the one to learn from.
Efe Abogidi impresses on the bench
After two years with Washington State, Abogidi is looking to increase his stock with the Ignite for 2023.
The 20-year-old 6ft 10in tall man has a wingspan 7 feet 4 inches and highlighted that against Wembanyama and Co. His performances for the Cougars in college didn’t do much to boost his stock, but his tenure with the Ignite got off to a promising start. He scored 14 points and converted all five of his shots while defending defensively. If he can blossom at a steady pace, he could become a worthy second-round contender next year.
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