San Antonio Wins NBA Lottery, Right To Pick Projected Generational Superstar Victor Wembanyama Of France

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The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night and are expected to make Victor Wembanyama, a 7-foot-4 wunderkind from Le Chesnay, France, the first pick in the draft on June 22.

Wembanyama, 19, is considered the greatest draft prospect since LeBron James of Akron, Ohio, 20 years ago. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected James, and he has won four NBA titles, leading the Cavs, Miami (two) and Los Angeles to the crowns. James and the Lakers were scheduled to open the Western Conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Denver later Tuesday.

Projected to be one of the best players in the NBA on offense and defense within two or three years, Wembanyama previously played professionally for the Metropolitans 92 in France and for the French national team.

Charlotte Finished 2nd In Lottery

The Charlotte Hornets were runners-up in the lottery held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Portland finished third with Houston fourth.

The rest of the lottery included picks 5 through 14, which were Detroit, Orlando, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Dallas, Orlando again via a trade with Chicago, Oklahoma City, Toronto and New Orleans.

Will Victor Wembanyama Be A Can’t Miss?

Wembanyama is considered a can’t-miss, but beware. Just ask the New Orleans Pelicans. They won the lottery in 2012 and 2019, taking Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Zion Williamson of Duke. But the Pelicans made the playoffs just twice in Davis’ seven seasons before he left for the Lakers.

And Williamson has never played in a playoff game and missed most of three of his four seasons in New Orleans with various injuries.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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