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GG Jackson Thinks Victor Wembanyama Will Be One Of The Greatest Defenders Of All Time

Victor Wembanyama and GG Jackson. Photo via Getty Images via AFP Scanpix

GG Jackson jokes that Victor Wembanyama‘s height makes his trash talk seem funny. He also gives the French big man his flowers. He predicts that the 20-year-old will soon be one of the greatest defenders of all time.

GG Jackson On Victor Wembanyama’s Trash Talk

Matt Infield gets Jackson’s thoughts on his fellow rookie on the San Antonio Spurs. He starts by praising Wembanyama and how well he defends the different types of players in the league in his first year.

He thinks the French phenom will eventually become one of the NBA’s best defenders. However, to get there, Wembanyama will have to focus on acquiring new skill sets while improving on his already existing repertoire. He thinks the big man will lose his momentum if he doesn’t take advantage of other players’ abilities.

“I don’t want to take a leap, but he’s going to be one of the greatest defenders of all time when it’s all said and done. But if you don’t have [Brandon Clarke] or Ja [Morant’s] floater or Desmond Bane’s mid-range or Jaren [Jackson Jr.’s] strength, it’s going to be tough.”

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Apr 9, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson (45) drives to the basket between San Antonio Spurs guard Sidy Cissoko (25) and center Victor Wembanyama (1) during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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Furthermore, the rookie forward jokes about Wembanyama’s height and how it affects his trash-talking. The height difference is so significant that the French phenom’s trash talk turns into a whisper on the court.

“When we played them in San Antonio, he blocked my shot back into my hands. I wrapped around and gave it to [DeJon Jarreau]. He’s so high in the air, so when he talks trash, it sounds like he’s whispering. He was like, ‘Go back, up, go, go. You scared, you scared, you scared.’ So, I had to remind him of that, ‘You said I was scared.'”

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There’s a reason why Jackson and other players and fans point out how great of a defender the big man is. The fact that he stops playing just by being present shows his defensive threat.

Just look at this three versus one fastbreak. It’s stopped dead in its tracks when the Memphis Grizzlies players hesitate against Wembanyama alone.

Does Wembanyama Stand A Chance To Win Defensive Player Of The Year?

There’s still a chance, but even NBA.com’s writers aren’t voting for the rookie. Instead, they point towards the other defensive powerhouse helping the Minnesota Timberwolves lead in the West. Rudy Gobert is taking the win on some conversations for the DPOY.

However, odds point higher towards the rookie than his fellow French counterpart in Minnesota.

Who do you think will win DPOY this season?