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  • Bianca Brown


Victor Wembanyama was named to the Kia NBA All-Defensive First Team for 2023-24. He becomes the first rookie to make first team All-Defense and the youngest in league history. The last NBA rookie named to an all-defensive team was Tim Duncan on the 1997-98 second team.

Wembanyama, who finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting, averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and a league-leading 3.58 blocks along with 1.24 steals per game in 29.7 minutes. He led the NBA in blocks per game (3.58), total blocks (254) and 10.01 block percentage. He’s the first rookie to lead the NBA in blocked shots since Manute Bol. He's also the first rookie to average 3.00 blocks per game since Shawn Bradley in 1993-94.

Wembanyama ranked top-10 in total deflections (205), defensive rebounds per game (8.4), total defensive rebounds (594), and defensive rebound percentage (27.3%). The 20-year-old is the first player since Marcus Camby in 2007 who has averaged at least 10.0 rebounds, 3.00 blocks, and 1.00 steals each game.

Wembanyama has set many records as a rookie and is potentially ready to become a superstar in the NBA. The first player to win both rookie and defensive player of the year in the same season should have been Wemby. However, Rudy Gobert was awarded the DPOY. As stated by Wemby "Let him win it now because after that, it’s no longer his turn.” I can't wait to see what the future holds for him.

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