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Wemby versus Kareem as rookies

 We already know that the Spurs Victor Wembanyama is going to be an NBA phenomenon, but will he surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by the end of his career. It is highly likely. 

I did a "per-36-minutes" comparison between the two stars, mainly because Kareem logged 43.1 MPG in his rookie campaign - while Wemby has been held to only 29.4 MPG.

Kareem: 24.1 PPG - 12.1 RPG - 3.4 APG - .518 FG - .653 FT

Wemby:  25.9 PPG - 12.9 RPG - 4.5 APG - .463 FG - .796 FT

No blocks, steals or 3-pointers were looked at since they were not tracked in Jabbar's first year in the NBA. It should also be noted that Kareem was 22 years old at the time, while Victor started at age 20.

Two factors favoring Wembanyama ultimately surpassing Jabbar on any "Best-of-All-Time" charts are his point guard skills, shared by so many European players.  and the fact he is being mentored by Gregg Popovich. His potential seems astounding.

But the question remains. Can he garner six Titles and six MVP awards - as Kareem did? Give the kid the right coaches and supporting cast, and he has a great shot at being one of the best to ever take the court.


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