Victor Wembanyama could change everything for Michael Jordan.
For more than a decade, the NBA’s greatest player endured disappointment after disappointment as owner of the underperforming Charlotte Hornets.
But as the NBA Draft Lottery — or the Wembanyama Lottery as it’s commonly known — came to an exciting conclusion on Wednesday, Jordan’s Hornets were one of only two teams left with a chance of beating the French basketball prodigy.
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Unfortunately for Michael Jackson, the San Antonio Spurs’ wildest dreams came true, with the number one pick and the right to pick a gifted 19-year-old from the outskirts of Paris.
Jordan’s Hornets were given the second pick, losing not only a player who is expected to quickly change his team’s fortunes, but hundreds of millions of dollars.
An NBA executive said that ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, accepting Wembanyama, could boost the franchise’s value by $750 million (AUD) immediately.
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“Victor Wembanyama is the single greatest prospect in NBA draft history,” Wojnarowski said. “He’s so advanced in terms of skills that no one has ever seen anyone like him.”
When LeBron James was asked last October what he thought of Wembanyama, he said the Frenchman’s skill set made him not a “unicorn” but “more like an alien.”
“No one has ever seen someone as tall as him, as fluid and graceful as he is on the floor,” James said. “He’s definitely the talent of a generation.”
The Wembanyama Sweepstakes caused a lot of drama when the numbers were announced in Chicago.
The biggest losers were the Detroit Pistons, who were in the lottery with an even chance of getting the first pick but slipped to No. 1.5.
2023 NBA draft order
1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Charlotte Hornets
3. Portland pioneers
4. Houston Rockets
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Orlando Magic
7. Indiana Pacers
8. Washington Wizards
9. Utah Jazz
10. Dallas Mavericks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Oklahoma City
13. Toronto Raptors
14. New Orleans Pelicans
NBA teams with the best chance of being drafted
According to the NBA lottery format, the 14 teams that failed to make the playoffs competed for the top pick.
As recently as four years ago, the team with the worst regular season record was the most likely to get the top pick.
However, in 2019 the rules of the lottery were changed to level the playing field to keep teams from deliberately losing or “gouging” for the top pick.
The top three teams were the Detroit Pistons, who finished last in the Eastern Conference with a league-worst 17–65 record, and the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, who finished 14th and 15th in the tournament table. West with identical 22-60 entries.
After these three teams, Charlotte (12.5%), Portland (10.5%), Orlando (9%), Indiana (6.8%), Washington (6.7%), Utah (4.5%) %), Dallas (3%), Chicago (1.8%), Oklahoma City (1.7%), Toronto (1%) and New Orleans (0.5%).
Wembanyama admitted last month that he is still adjusting to the fact that his dream of playing in the NBA will soon become a reality.
“It’s something crazy that I don’t realize yet,” Wembanyama told ESPN after the draft was announced. “At a fairly young age, I realized that I wanted to play in the NBA, but every day it becomes more and more a reality. I am so lucky that this dream is within the reach of my hand.”
Vembanyam is also not deterred by the prospect of joining a team that is unlikely to immediately claim the championship, simply saying in an interview earlier this year: “There is no wrong team.”
However, whoever wins the race for Wembanyama’s services will receive a transformational talent.
The teen’s size – he’s 221cm tall – and smooth throw have long-time NBA fans drooling over his potential.
– with AFP
Originally published as Michael Jordan lost $750 million in three seconds after Tottenham’s touchdown at Wembanyama.