It was the Victor Vembanyama everyone was expecting.
In their second summer league game, No. 1 overall pick put up 27 points while shooting 9 of 14 and pulling down 12 rebounds.
The effort, which included a double-double, was a step in the right direction after a very good performance in his first game on Friday.
Wembanayama, who has been one of the most hyped prospects in the NBA for some time now, added three blocks and showed glimpses of the big man’s potential in the Spurs’ 85-80 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
“It’s just me getting comfortable with myself, with my body, with the court,” Vembanyama said after the game. “Before today, I had two practices and one game, so I just got going.”
It certainly showed in the first game when he missed 13 of 15 shots.
On Sunday, Vembanyama managed to draw plenty of fouls – going to the line 12 times and making seven attempts – while showing an ability to hone his shot from midrange as well as go for his own rebounds.
It would be an exaggeration to say that life has been a whirlwind since Wembanyama was drafted first overall by Spurs in June.
The tall Frenchman’s media tour didn’t give him enough time to practice either.
“It’s normal to get better at every sport,” Vembanayama said. “I had my first game two days back. I have a lot about drafts, media stuff, so it makes sense.
He added: “In the last month, I think basketball was not even 50% of my schedule. I can’t stand it. I know this is a special moment in my life, but I’m glad it’s over. I just want to circle.
Part of this for Vembanyama has also been the need to adjust to the differences in the sport between the United States and Europe.
Vembanayama said of the adjustment, “The court is more open, it’s faster moving, but it’s less physical.” “I get humiliated a lot, but not that much. There is nothing to compare with and here the players are just flying. There it is higher on the ground, pushing the ground, the bigger box is out. There are great athletes here, the best in the world. A lot of talent, but still I like it more.
Wembanyama’s next game with the Spurs in the summer league is against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
The 7-foot-4 player has had an interesting start to his NBA career, especially off the court when he became embroiled in a brief feud involving pop icon Britney Spears.