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How far would teams go for Victor Wembanyama?

The crew from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz discusses the anticipation some franchises have for Victor Wembanyama.

The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz discussed the great prize of the next NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama, who you can say is just a little bit tall.

The discussion came about after a recent ESPN profile on the big man revealed that the people around Wembanyama are actually trying to downplay his height, claiming that he is actually shorter than he really he is. Witty marvels at the fact that Wembanyama is 7-foot-5, and perhaps not even done growing(!), while also pondering if part of the reason people are trying to list him at a shorter height is that it could cause injury concern.

Stugotz notes that the Spurs are giving “max effort” to win the Wembanyama sweepstakes, losing their last 14 straight games. The Spurs are still one game behind Houston for the worst record, but in actuality this year that doesn’t matter as much as being one of the three worst teams as Witty points out, the NBA has flattened the odds to get the No. 1 pick for the three worst teams. Witty says there are four teams — Houston, San Antonio, Detroit and Charlotte — clearly all in on being woeful for Wemby.

Dan laments that breaking the record for losses basically gains you nothing, because that would be fun to watch. He says you would have such a great race if somebody knew that yu could get the next LeBron, a 7-foot-5 Giannis just by losing. He says if that were the case, we would see a professional basketball team finish with ZERO wins. He says that if we had a confluence of events where the worst team just got Wembanyama, you would have an NBA team with zero victories and if at the end of the season there were multiple teams with zero victories you would have them scoring in their own basket.

Stugotz helpfully suggested they should play a tiebraker series for Wembanyama, where whoever loses gets him. However, Witty wants to go a different way — what if you gave it to the team that wins in that scenario? You go from losing all season to the whiplash of trying to win all of a sudden. Jessica is the real winner of this debate, however, as she suggests that the worst teams at the All-Star Break play against each other for the No. 1 pick. You’re welcome NBA, All-Star Weekend fixed!

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