Really big praise! Lakers legend Magic Johnson declares Victor Wembanyama the ‘best player in the world’ as a couple catches up in Paris…even though the 19-year-old French phenom has NEVER touched an NBA spot
Victor Wembanyama is consensus No. 1 for the upcoming NBA draft – but Lakers legend Magic Johnson has gone one step further by unbelievably claiming the French teenager is the best player alive.
Johnson, considered by many NBA fans to be the greatest point guard in league history, was blown away by Wembanyama’s ability despite not playing a single minute in the NBA.
The pair were due to meet at NBA Paris on Thursday ahead of the Pistons’ clash with the Bulls, and Johnson tweeted his bold claim when the game was over.
Lakers icon Magic Johnson (left) named Victor Wembanyama (center) the best in the world
Johnson made the bold claim after the two met in front of Pistons-Bulls on Thursday at NBA Paris
“Had a chance to meet and speak to the best player in the world and this year’s number one pick in the NBA draft Victor Wembanyama!” Johnson tweeted along with two photos of him and Wembanyama.
Wembanyama was pressured over photos before the tip-off, and Johnson wasn’t the only one keen to speak to him.
But it remains an enormously bold call to anoint Wembanyama, 19 and without a minute of an NBA ball on his résumé, the greatest in the world when superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokoumpo succeed.
Johnson (left) blown away by planned No. 1 pick for 2023 NBA draft (right)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could hardly contain his excitement that Wembanyama will enter the league as No. 1 later this year – the pick is almost set in stone, it’s just the team that picks him that remains in the air .
“Everything I’ve heard has been tremendously positive,” Silver told the Associated Press in Paris.
“Not just about his height, his strength, his agility, his skill on the pitch, but I’ve been told that he’s a wonderful young man and that he’s very smart, very dedicated and at the same time humble.
Silver added: “I just want to be fair to him. You know, I don’t think it should be my job to make him the next big thing. I let others do that.
The French phenomenon was a man in demand as he was bullied over pictures before the tip
Wembanyama (left) plays for Metropolitans 92 and shines with a unique blend of skills
“But I know the league is excited to have him. And the fact that he’s French and the interest he’s going to arouse in this country, but also in Europe, hasn’t escaped my notice. And so far everything is positive.”
Wembanyama plays for Metropolitans 92 in France and sold out their arena in his final months before the NBA draft.
His ability to shoot from the perimeter and dominate as a rim guard like none seen in decades has teams drooling when looking for franchise talent.
But whether he runs in the league and lives up to Johnson’s bold claim is another matter entirely.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/nba/article-11659453/Victor-Wembanyama-best-player-WORLD-claims-Magic-Johnson.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Victor Wembanyama is “the best player in the WORLD,” claims Magic Johnson