Rookie Sensation Wemby Challenges NBA’s Defensive Elite: Is It Time to Rewrite the Rules?

Rudy Gobert is currently regarded as the player with the highest chance of winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. The defensive contributions of the French center to the success of the Minnesota Timberwolves are truly commendable.

However, when considering games with 5+ blocks, Rudy Gobert lags far behind his fellow countryman. Rudy has only played in 3 such games, while Wemby has an impressive 22 games with 5+ blocks.

Many people argue that since this is Wemby’s rookie season, he can only aim for the Rookie of the Year award, rather than competing for both awards right away. This sentiment is shared by many, including players who have won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the past, such as Draymond Green. They believe that Victor Wembanyama is highly deserving of the award, but it may come later as he optimizes his defensive prowess.

Isn’t there a first time for everything?

Why doesn’t the NBA break the mold to allow Wemby to directly compete with Rudy Gobert for the Defensive Player of the Year award? Could it be because the overall performance of the San Antonio Spurs has had too much influence?

It’s a question worth pondering as fans and analysts alike watch the season unfold. Will Wemby’s outstanding defensive abilities eventually earn him the recognition he deserves, or will he have to wait for his time to shine in the league? Only time will tell.

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