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Jamal Crawford on Victor Wembanyama: “He’s actually better than the hype… it’s scary”

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Former NBA star Jamal Crawford has lauded San Antonio Spurs rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama, declaring that the French prodigy surpasses the lofty expectations surrounding him.

Crawford commended Wembanyama’s attention to detail and his ability to impact the game beyond scoring, highlighting his knack for the little things that often go unnoticed.

During an appearance on The Draymond Green Show, Crawford reflected on a game where Wembanyama showcased his versatility and impact off the bench, scoring 23 points in the second half.

“I don’t think Wemby’s best attribute is scoring. I’m not sure what it is right now,” Crawford said. “But I called the game when they played the Hawks probably a month ago. That game in particular, this is what I love about him.

“Pop brings him off the bench the second half. He starts the obviously. He didn’t like the energy that group thad. Brings him off the bench and he came in in that second half and he scored 23 points.

“But it wasn’t that he’s blocking everything and this is what you’ll love about him. He’s a little things dude. That’s the game-changer. So he’s better than the hype. Not cause of the sh*t you can see. It’s the sh*t you can’t see.”

Crawford emphasized that Wembanyama’s dedication to continuous improvement and his eagerness to seek advice demonstrate his commitment to excellence.

“After the game we’re walking out, he’s in the weight room, he sees me, he drops the weights, he comes down he shakes my hand He shakes my hand, he doesn’t even say nothing. He just puts his head down. He wants some wisdom or knowledge.

“I saw he was going to be great. He wants to keep learning. But the little things he does besides the big things you see is why he’s going to be – he’s actually better than the hype… it’s scary.”

With impressive statistics this season, including averages of 20.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game, Wembanyama has solidified his status as one of the league’s most promising young talents.

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