three losses and “you” match

When the conquistadors left to explore the New World, their wives went to the harbor to give them a final hug. This season, Victor Wembanyama begins his last dance in the body of a French basketball player, most likely before jumping across the Atlantic Ocean. first choice. This monthly follow-up is our way of mastering it.

FOS at sea

The first box of the Advent calendar and already the best chocolate. This is both surprising and disappointing. According to this reception of Fos-sur-Mer, Victor hits Wembanyama 32 points on 12/20 shooting, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks, 1 foul for 9 deflections and only 3 turnovers… 36 ratings. Titanic, many advantages, the trend is confirmed: Victor will be the 1st pick of the 2023 draft and most likely the MVP of Betclic Elite. Metropolitans 92 are at the top of the standings with nine wins to one loss and even if Monaco come back strong, no individual can do as much as Victor (and no one is indifferent as Alain Beral and his team promote our championship). With the impression that the individual trophy is already in his hands, he is about to leave December with big hits of 30, 32, 35 or 39 units in the continuity of November, depending on his mood. of the day. But contrary to established form, Victor Vembanyama’s hype is wearing thin. We talk less about perspective because we are used to it. Its special “3 points in one leg” is no longer as impressive as in October. The number of articles written about him is decreasing. We’ll need a new 2m30 perspective that removes the logo to bring the frenzy to life. What a period.

Doubt

An eleven-day rivalry that Wembanyama will never remember. On paper, the trip to Roanna promised to be dangerous. Jean-Denys Choulet’s team is riding a three-game winning streak and is starting to slap on championship history: Cholet has been there, so has Gravelines, and Mets 92 could be next. But here, by “dangerous”, we still remembered the idea of ​​XXL Victor Wembanyama in the domestic sector, which included “only” Yannis Mori. An excellent position of 5th in the French championship, eh, dominant segments, but nothing too innovative to worry someone who no one limited below 30 points in November. Again, neither of the two interiors will actually be there. All things considered, of course: Yannis Morin was shutout with 5 points and 4 fouls in 16 minutes, while Wemby had 15 points on 7/14 shooting. A loud but not crazy base, Victor was kept below his standards… Silvio De Sousa, 5 broad full studs at the shoulders as at the top of the body. Blacksmith’s double-double, convex body, grind nameless : a real veteran game to remind the brat in charge.

There you are, you suffer your first defeat in the league since September 23rd and the following weekend it all starts again.

“Okay, it’s Monaco” you’ll say, and it’s somewhat true. On an individual level, Victor even passed brilliantly: 27 points on 11/20 shooting 0/5 from the floor (damn it), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls caused 5. But trivial problem, Monegasques will take the lead seat. The Mets are on a 92-straight losing streak and hope to get out of the tunnel on December 17th in Paris. A derby in Carpentier to revive a stuck car is not the easiest prospect. A very vague feeling, like the impression that it will be easy without being too easy against a team full of great individuals. Good spoiler, it was easy: the Mets 92, thanks to the brilliant duo Tremont Waters – Hugo Besson, from 71 to 91, really came alive with a tranquilou-bilou victory. Victor? Boarf had 11 points on 4/11 shooting, including 1/5 from 3-point range, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks and 2 steals. One of five fouls at the end of the game. Paris Basket never misses a goal: “Victor, Victor, SUR-CO-TE!” “. Neither is Aamir Simms. Great work from the opposite interior with a still body at the elbow and good laterality to avoid the slot.

Christmas Day(s)

The living room smells of fir. Mets 92 hosts Cholet for another duel at the top of the table. The Île-de-France residents, who led throughout the match with Victor, who was not so clear in his shot selection, finally managed to get rid of him in the final moments of the game with a score of 92-87. Victor was great. You know a bit about the binary editor. In the finish, Levallois Ave hit a three-run bomb from distance, salvaging a Mets 92 rebound. A great contrast to her fit body. Struggling below the circle, Victor continued to step aside to do tricks on one leg, a bit like Kristaps Porzingis after the first injuries of his career. Defense works Justin Patton and Kim Tillie it should be emphasized, but it is not normal to see this well locking this December. when you say “not normal”, it’s about his personal standards, yes. Too clean for the rest. Especially for an 18 year old boy (19 today).

It’s too bad to celebrate the Christmas period with a defeat in Strasbourg. Moreover, a defeat that is very difficult to analyze 26 points on 6/18 shooting and 12/12 free throws, 18 rebounds (personal best), 2 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, 1 foul led to 7… 36 ratings. Two of the three stats are great, but it’s hard to argue that the 6/18 shot isn’t there. In addition, Victor still holds the career record with 18 rebounds. Therefore, if we say that it is good, the readership is angry “And the 6/18 shoot is ping pong? »however, if we talk about an average match, it turns out to be half the size “Well, 26 points and 18 rebounds is just ‘average’ for an 18-year-old. And you stopped basketball reporters? ». That’s the whole magic of Victor. Unanimity divides observers. The kid is great, but sometimes he can do better. And when it’s not good, there’s obviously no death. But this does not mean that we will ignore its rare shortcomings. Vincent Collet summed it all up perfectly after the defeat in Strasbourg.

“He was one of those pushers. He could not adapt to the opponent’s defense system. As a team, it’s been two matches that the flow is low, the passes are low. We have to work on it.

Still, his 37 rating shows just how exceptional he is. Had he converted some of his shots into assists, he could have finished with 45 without scoring too many points. It shows who he is and who he can be. »

-For Vincent Collett Team

The brightest of stars

It wasn’t the event of the year, but the resume says: Victor finished Betclic Elite All-Star Game MVP with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists on 1/9 from the park. It should have been Juhann Begarin and that’s good because Wembanyama gave him the MVP trophy in the locker room. A wonderful friendship between these two great generous people who can be united under the collective name “The Future of the NBA”. Arrogant for Juhann? Maybe a little, but we wish him all this happiness.

VICTOR WEMBANYAMA’S PHOTOS FOR OCTOBER:

  • December 2nd vs Foss sur Mer (Championship): 32 points on 12/20 shooting and 5/7 shooting, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks, 1 foul on 9 deflections and only 3 turnovers… 36 ratings
  • Dec 6 @ Roanne (championship): 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals and +/- -17 on 7/14 shooting
  • December 11 – Monaco (league): 27 Points on 11/20 shooting, including 0/5 from the floor, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers for 32 ratings
  • December 17 @ Paris (Championship): 11 points on 4/11 shooting, including 1/5 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 steals and no turnovers
  • December 23 – Cholet (Championship): 8/21 shooting and 4/4 free throws, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 22 rating and 24 points at +/- -17
  • December 26 @ Strasbourg (Championship): 26 points on 6/18 shooting and 12/12 free throws, 18 rebounds (personal high), 2 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, 1 foul on 7 challenges… 36 ratings

A month without big waves. Nothing but the championship, the overall percentages are perfect, but still and always this ability decides the fate of a meeting. Three defeats is a lot, but it’s not all about him. And at the same time, many things belong to him. We really don’t know. This guy is weird.

Thanks to “@_ad.visual_” on Instagram for their photos.

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