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Victor Wembanyama Gives Rudy Gobert The DPOY: ‘Let Him Win It Now, Because After That It’s No Longer His Turn’

Rudy Gobert and Victor Wembanyama. Photos by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Victor Wembanyama gives Rudy Gobert the chance to win Defensive Player of the Year. The French big man warns the Minnesota Timberwolves player that he’ll be winning it after this season.

Victor Wembanyama Is Sure He’ll Win It Over Rudy Gobert

Despite the San Antonio Spurs‘ standing this season, it’s impressive how confident the 20-year-old rookie is. However, he seems to be playing well enough to back up his smack talk. Thanks to a report by Tom Orsborn and Theo Quintard, fans get to see Wembanyama’s competitive side.

Meanwhile, it seems more of a challenge than outright shading the three-time All-Star. It shows how the French phenom wants to push himself through pressure. Additionally, it’s also poking fun at a fellow French player.

Feb 27, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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Some NBA analysts already want Wembanyama to look for a better team to help him win the championships now. Fans are starting to agree with this sentiment and are asking for the Spurs to move him to a better team.

However, others believe San Antonio will mold him into a better big man with great fundamentals. The future Tim Duncan, as some would say. Even Draymond Green thinks the young rookie will be MVP in the next few years.

There’s A Future With The Spurs

Wembanyama is committed to staying with the team as he wants to help them grow as he improves with them. He understands that while they are losing this season, San Antonio has a track record of improving the players they have.

“I am part of this. I am part of the Spurs and part of this journey. And making them grow and become something more than it has been in the past is one of my convictions and what I want to do. So, yeah, for me, it’s very important.”

Victor Wembanyama

Meanwhile, Gregg Popovic supports his rookie, especially with how well he’s conducted himself on the team. Additionally, the head coach highlights the positive attributes of the big man and how “he’s not a fan of himself.”

Do you think Wembanyama will take the DPOY from Gobert in future seasons?