Shaq gives worrisome assessment of Victor Wembanyama ahead of NBA draft, claiming he’s “not that strong”.
SHAQUILLE O’Neal has expressed concern about Victor Wembanyama’s size and is not ready to crown him as the NBA’s next big talent.
The 51-year-old NBA legend believes Wembanyama’s height and weight could lead to durability issues at the next level, claiming “he’s not that strong”.
Wembanyama is tall and lean at seven feet five and 230 pounds.
The great Hall of Famer has expressed his doubts and skepticism about Wemanyama’s NBA future.
He told Sportscasting.com he needs to see more movies about the French prodigy before saying goodbye to him.
“I’m a bit skeptical because there’s the good and the bad about highlights,” Shaq said.
“When you put on your highlights, you always show the good parts. I want to see this kid play a full game.”
Shaq continued to emphasize size concerns.
“He’s not very tall – he’s tall, but he builds a lot of muscle, not that strong. He can shoot, he can dribble, he can do it all.”
Some of Shaq’s doubts stem from how Wemnanyama plays the game; he would like to see it more in color.
“But I only see highlights of him dunking the ball and kicking jumpers.”
“I haven’t really seen a lot of post moves. We haven’t seen much of this stuff. So again, now you could be a star in France. If you come here you will definitely have to start over. “
The French big man had a dominant year playing for the Metropolitans, averaging 21.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.2 blocks in 25 games.
But it takes more to convince Shaq.
He said: “A lot of guys have a lot of hype and came here, some played and some didn’t. So I’m going to be more on the skeptical side like Charles.”