Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama reaches two epic feats only done once in NBA history

Victor Wembanyama is making waves in year one.

Victor Wembanyama in the middle of Rafe LaFrentz and Tim Duncan

While there hasn’t been much to like about the San Antonio Spurs this season, 2023-24 may nevertheless be one of the most insane runs for a rookie in NBA history. Victor Wembanyama seemingly has it all: Plays you thought you’d only see in NBA 2K, increasingly insane stat lines and mounting NBA records.

Victor Wembanyama’s record-setting night

San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center

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The 20-year-old sensation has already left a major mark on the league in his NBA debut. His latest milestone is becoming  the second player in NBA history to record 200 blocks and 100 three-pointers in a single season, a feat initially accomplished by former Denver big man Raef Lafrentz  in 2000-2001.

Additionally, he became the first rookie since Tim Duncan in 1997-1998 to rack up 200 blocks in a season.

Wembanyama’s record-setting night came against the Denver Nuggets, a game the Spurs hosted in Austin, Texas. Nikola Jokic and the defending champs went up big early, coasting en route to a 117-106 victory. The Rookie of the Year frontrunner ended the game with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Wembanyama struggled with his shooting, going 4 for 12 from the field and 1 for 5 from beyond the arc, during his 33 minutes on the court.

The loss pushed San Antonio to 14-53, good for last place in the Western Conference.

Wembanyama’s season averages and earlier feats

Wembanyama has had a stellar rookie season, maintaining averages of 20.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.4 blocks per game across 59 appearances. He’s shooting a respectable 46.5% from the field and 33.1% from beyond the arc during this period.

Against the Toronto Raptors back in February, the Frenchman achieved a historic triple-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks and five assists. That epic performance placed him in an exclusive group of players with a 25/15/10/5 stat line, alongside basketball legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson and Spurs predecessor David Robinson. Just 10 days later, Wembanyama delivered an impressive performance with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks—earning the vaunted ‘five-by-five’ stat line— in just 31 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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