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Giannis Antetokounmpo is excited by the prospects of Victor Wembanyama in the NBA: “I think it’s a good challenge for everybody around the league.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo is in awe of Victor Wembanyama's skillset.
Victor Wembanyama and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Victor Wembanyama and Giannis Antetokounmpo

Victor Wembanyama has wreaked havoc in NBA circles after two back-to-back nights of showing class on both ends of the floor. Multiple players in the league have already envisioned greatness for him, given what he can do with a 7-foot-3 frame.

Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke about how he's seen Wembanyama play before – in 2021 – alongside his brother Kostas and liked what he saw.

"He's incredible man, like I believe in 2045 everybody is going to look like Victor," Giannis said. "He's unbelievable, you know, and I believe it's a matter of time for him to, you know, be in the league."

What does a player like Wembanyama bring to the NBA?

The league has had many physically gifted athletes since its inception, but Victor belongs to a smaller group of them – given the versatility of his game. When the Milwaukee Bucks star entered the league, his frame set him apart, but he had to work to add more angles to his game.

Although there is no doubt that Victor will have to work hard and stay consistent, his repertoire is already vast. Given how the competition in the league keeps increasing with every passing year, Wembanyama's arrival will help the league push in the same direction.

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"I think it's a good challenge for everybody around the league, to have somebody that's 7'2", be able to shoot over you, to dribble like he's a guard, to block shots, to run down the floor, uh fast; we got to get ready for this kid, you know, he's going to be really good," Giannis said.

Giannis' word of advice for Wembanyama

Finding the next big star is one of the biggest wins for any franchise in the NBA. Teams will be happy to move things around to accommodate the possibility of getting Wembanyama on their roster. However, many factors affect the said player living up to the hype.

That's where Giannis stepped in and shared some advice for the youngster.

"From him the key is to just keep getting better, keep staying humble and stay healthy. You know, a body like that, with a skillset like that - as long as he stay healthy he's going to keep improving," Giannis said.

"He has the chance to be one of the best - not in his age, or not in Europe; one of the best to ever play this game," he added. "Like, we've never seen something like that before."

Wembanyama has been quite impressive so far, averaging 36.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks, in two exhibition games. It will be interesting to see what kind of progress he makes before the 2023 draft.

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