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Victor Wembanyama Notches Rare Triple-Double in Blowout Win Over Raptors

San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) celebrates after a basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cason Wallace (22) in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sarah Phipps)

Victor Wembanyama has just scratched the surface of his potential and is doing things we have never seen before. The 20-year-old rookie secured his second career triple-double in a 122-99 win over the Toronto Raptors by compiling a rare 10 blocks on top of 27 points and 14 rebounds. 

In addition, Wembanyama dropped five dimes and swiped two steals in 29 minutes of work.

A triple-double with blocks is such a rarity, even in the NBA. The last person who did it was Clint Capela on January 22, 2021 (13 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks). In fact, it is so rare that it has only been done 23 times since 1990. There was an eight-year drought between Dikembe Mutombo’s triple-double in 2000 and Dwight Howard’s in 2008.

Yet, the seven-foot-five French phenom is making it look easy. He is the first to have such a game with five assists since Hakeem Olajuwon. 

The win is only the 11th for the Spurs this season. However, with Wembanyama’s fast-tracked development, especially as a rim protector, the future is bright for the San Antonio Spurs. Their prized rookie is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, has a chance to be the Defensive Player of the Year, and is the current league leader in blocks.

If the game was any closer, the Spurs center had a chance to secure a quadruple-double. That said, he has a whole career in front of him to accomplish the feat

Nevertheless, Wembanyama’s skills are on full display early. If the Spurs can hit a home run and land Trae Young in the offseason, the team will be a problem for the league.