If one play can sum up the impact Victor Wembanyama has on the court, it’s this one against the Raptors on Sunday: He doesn’t just block Jalen McDaniel’s shot, he eats it and then runs the fastbreak the other way.
It’s been said since Summer League, but it can’t be said often enough: Although Wembanyama scored three points and produced impressive offense early in his career, his greater impact will come on defense. It just changes the geometry of the playing field. He blocks shots he shouldn’t be near. He had five blocks against the Raptors, which is a new career high (after six games) that looks set to be surpassed fairly quickly.
Asked about this block after the game, OG Anunoby laughed and said: “He is too big. He’s way too big.”
Wembanyama finished Sunday with five blocks and 20 points for San Antonio, and Keldon Johnson continued his hot play with 26. However, it wasn’t enough against a Toronto team that shot a little better as a team, turned turnovers into transition balls and got 30 from Scottie Barnes.