The lottery has delivered its verdict: Spurs clinched the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. A news welcomed with joy by Victor Wembanyama, promised in place of number 1.
In San Antonio the jackpot! The lottery organized this Tuesday by the NBA has indeed allowed the Spurs to obtain the first choice of the next draft, which will be held on June 22. A draw greeted by cries of joy among fans of the Texas franchise, which had a 14% chance of winning the lottery, and by PJ Holt, its owner. ” I’m going to faint “, he said after NBA No. 2 Mark Tatum announced the result.
This first choice will indeed allow the Spurs to select Victor Wembanyama, the most anticipated prospect since LeBron James in 2003. “He will change the destiny of his next franchise, but also that of the NBA as we probably did not. never seen so far,” journalist Adrian Wojnarowski told L’Equipe, for whom this lottery was “simply the most anticipated lottery in history”.
The Frenchman also set the scene when reacting to the news during an evening organized by Nike near the Champs-Élysées, surrounded by his family and a few guests, including Kylian Mbappé. “I will try to win a ring as soon as possible. So be ready.” he told Spurs fans after welcoming the result with both fists clenched.
Victor Wembanyama is preparing to follow in the footsteps of Tony Parker, drafted in 2001 and four-time NBA champion, but also Boris Diaw, Nando De Colo and Ian Mahinmi. For San Antonio, his arrival is obviously reminiscent of that of Tim Duncan, first draft pick in 1997, and which allowed Gregg Popovich to build one of the most beautiful dynasties in the history of the League with five league titles.