The 2023 NBA Draft is only a few days away and Victor Wembanyama will soon hear his name called as the No. 1 overall pick to the San Antonio Spurs. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Spurs will draft Wembanyama, arguably the best NBA Draft prospect since LeBron James. For those that aren’t too familiar with Wemby, don’t worry. Check out a brief NBA Draft profile below as we look at the strengths and weaknesses of the 19-year-old, 7-foot-5 phenom from France. We’ll also break down some 2023 NBA Draft betting odds for Wembanyama and other top NBA prospects ahead of Thursday’s draft. Enjoy this NBA Draft profile of Victor Wembanyama as you check out NBA mock drafts and prepare for your upcoming fantasy basketball drafts for the 2023-24 season.
Victor Wembanyama 2023 NBA Draft Profile
If you’re an NBA fan, you’ve likely heard about Victor Wembanyama since at least last summer. Standing at 7-foot-5 and just 19 years old, the French center is viewed as arguably the top NBA prospect since LeBron James and even better than Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson. At his height and with a wingspan at nearly 8 feet, Wembanyama will be one of the tallest centers in the NBA right away as a rookie. Some taller NBA centers are too lanky to last, but Wemby weighs in at over 230 pounds and is very fluid as a shooter, scorer, and ball-handler. He also just anchored his Metropolitans 92 team to the French League finals.
Of course, with his elite length and size, Wembanyama is one of the best shot blockers to enter the NBA in some time. The ability to defend the rim and lock down the paint defensively should make him a true two-way NBA star. His shot-blocking threat makes him a plus-defender overall, despite not having the true quickness to stay with smaller ball-handers. Wemby is also a natural rebounder with his height and arm length while gobbling up missed shots on both ends.
On the offensive end, Wembanyama is an impressive shot creator and dynamic scorer for someone with his size. He has a fantastic pull-up jumper shot in the mid-range but can also step back and drain from three-point range. Wemby’s ball-handling and use of the dribble to create open shots for himself is something we rarely see from a center, especially one who’s 7-foot-5. He’s also an elite finisher around the rim, whether it’s on put-backs, lobs, or from his own drives with the ball. Think Giannis Antetokounmpo but with better touch as a shooter and ball-handler – and a few inches taller.
When looking at potential weaknesses for Wemby, yes, there are a couple. First, his offensive game can be a bit inconsistent at times. Sometimes his shot isn’t totally there, and other times it’s his passing that is still raw. He can refine the offensive playmaking skillset as a rookie and over the next few seasons to fully develop into a true superstar, though. Another small weakness is his slight frame right now as a teenager. The Spurs would likely prefer him to bulk up the upper body to match the physicality of some thicker-bodied bigs in the NBA. We saw this with Anthony Davis, who was very lanky coming out of college but eventually tacked on muscle to become a dominant NBA center.
Victor Wembanyama 2023 NBA Draft Odds FanDuel Sportsbook for San Antonio Spurs
If you’re looking to bet on Victor Wembanyama’s 2023 NBA Draft odds, FanDuel Sportsbook currently has some lines out there. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Wemby is a lock to go No. 1 overall to the San Antonio Spurs and there is no value betting on his odds. Wembanyama is -50000 to be the Number 1 overall pick, per FanDuel.
If you do want to wager on some Wemby betting odds, FanDuel has other props worth considering. You can bet on the exact order of the first three, first four, or first five NBA Draft picks. There are -195 odds for the first three picks to be Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, and Brandon Miller in that order. Or, there are +175 odds for the first three picks in order to be Wembanyama, Miller, and Henderson.
Victor Wembanyama 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year Odds on FanDuel Sportsbook
As the No. 1 overall pick, Victor Wembanyama headlines the 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds for the upcoming season. Wemby is the betting favorite at -180 to win the ROY award for the 2023-24 NBA season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Here are the top 10 odds, per FanDuel.
- Victor Wembanyama -180
- Scoot Henderson +600
- Chet Holmgren +650
- Brandon Miller +1600
- Cam Whitmore +2500
- Amen Thompson +3000
- Jarace Walker +3500
- Ausar Thompson +3500
- Anthony Black +4500
- Taylor Hendricks +4500
On FanDuel, you can also bet on Victor Wembanyama vs The Field to be the 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year. Wemby is -180 while “The Field” is at +140.
If you want some NBA betting advice on the 2023 NBA Rookie of the Year odds, check out the below conversation from Monday's Bettor Sports Betting show. Dan Servodidio and Howard Bender discuss NBA Rookie of the Year best bets and predictions ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft. The discussion starts at 43:19 in the video: