Victor Wembanyama is one of the few basketball players who has made headlines before ever stepping on an NBA court. His generational skillset, which defies his 7’4″ height, make him the consensus number one player in the NBA Draft for 2023. Rarely do players of this stature possess guard-like skills. His ability to shoot from the dribble is a valuable skill in NBA. Wembanyama’s rare combination of ball handling and shooting ability, along with his size, has the potential to revolutionize basketball.
Wembanyama will be a game changer in the league. Before he can answer whether he is a once in a lifetime athlete, the youngster has already answered one of the questions that many believe he’ll be part of: who was the greatest player ever: LeBron or Michael Jordan.
Wembanyama, during an interview was asked about the ongoing dispute between MJ and James. He was also asked which he thought was superior. He gave a thoughtful response in French that was translated into English. He replied, ” I thought for a very long time that LeBron was the best basketballer.” Wembanyama added,
Rich Paul, LeBron James agent, has spoken on this topic in the past. Let’s dig deeper into the “winning argument”.
Michael Jordan Victor Wembanyama: The winner of the debate between LeBron and is Michael Jordan
The argument is much more complex. While Wembanyama may have the right to choose his GOAT based on his own criteria, it’s not the only way. Rich Paul, LeBron James agent, weighed in with his own inputs on this debate. Paul’s arguments appear to counter Wembanyama’s. He weighed into the ongoing debate over the GOAT by referring to Bill Russell’s record of eleven championship rings. Paul suggested that championships should not be the only criteria for determining who is the GOAT. If this were true, Russell’s record would automatically make him the greatest ever.
Paul acknowledged LeBron James for his remarkable consistency, having reached the NBA Finals ten times in 20 years despite winning only four times. He did note that other factors, such as statistics, impact on sports, and legacy, were also important in determining the GOAT.
The issue is much more complex than most people think. While players may express their support of James and Jordan, it’s not as simple as that. The conversation would change if James won his fifth championship in 2018.