Earlier this week, the San Antonio Spurs got some absolutely massive news for the future of their franchise.
Their horrible 2022-23 season paid off and they won the draft lottery, giving them the right to draft Victor Wembanyama.
It gives hope to a franchise that had really fallen off after they spent nearly 2 decades as one of the NBA’s best teams.
It also puts a lot of pressure on Wembanyama to immediately become a star and lead the organization to success.
Luckily, it looks like he’ll have one of the players who was responsible for their past success around to help him.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Tim Duncan is expected to work with Victor Wembanyama early in his career.
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— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 18, 2023
“At the behest of longtime Spurs patriarch Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan agreed to join Pop’s coaching staff for the 2019-20 campaign interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That one season was enough for Duncan to reaffirm what many suspected and what he surely already knew—full-time coaching isn’t for him—but the expectation is that he will regularly visit the team’s practice facility to work with Wembanyama when the Spurs are home.”
There aren’t many better mentors you could ask for in the NBA than Tim Duncan.
Duncan retired having won 5 NBA titles and a pair of MVPs.
He is widely regarded as one of the best players to ever set foot on an NBA floor.
If Wembanyama’s career even comes close to what Duncan achieved, it will be considered a huge success and he would have absolutely lived up to the hype that is coming with him to the league.