Victor Vembanayama and the pressure of being selected with the first pick in the NBA draft | relief

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Alejandro Gaten

Since 1947, the NBA has held an annual draft to attract young talent., In the early years it was only for college players, but with the globalization of basketball it was opened to all. HFrom Clifton McNealy to Paolo Banchero last June, a draft has been held 76 times and 76 players have been selected with the No. 1 pick. The San Antonio Spurs will have the chance to pick 77 from a VIP list that includes some of the best players in the world. LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan or Hakeem Olajuwon, Because coming out first is a source of pride, but also a lot of pressure, and this week it’s Victor Vembanyama’s turn.

Out of 76 players who have been selected in the first place, 19 have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield. The other 15 are not yet eligible, either because they are still active in basketball, such as lebron james or dwight howard, or recently retired. and 44 of the 76 have been named All NBA or All Star at some point, as the case may be. Anthony Edwards, elected in 2020, or Zion Williamson, elected in 2019, the last to receive that honor. of those who have never been Anthony Bennett, Kwame Brown, Joe Smith or Purvis Allison, even have two Clifton McNealy and Jean MelchiorreWho never made his NBA debut.

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Eleven players who have been voted No. 1 and gone on to win MVP, including five this century: Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan (twice), LeBron James (four times) and last but not least, Derrick Rose, Between them all they accumulated 21 MVPs, more than any other position in draft history. In addition, they add 19 MVPs from the NBA Finals. other players like hakeem or howard was great defensive dominator and in Has gone on to take the #1 Rookie of the Year award 23 times, along with Paolo Banchero as a final example. Being first has a great significance in history, and if the team you choose is the Spurs. Because twice they’ve been selected and both times the players have been basketball legends.,

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In 1990, San Antonio selected David Robinson. Eight years later he did the same to Tim Duncan, The former won two rings, an MVP, Rookie of the Year, 10-time NBA All-Star and All-Star, and Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. Duncan, There are also five titles, three MVPs from the Finals and two from the regular season, 15 All Stars and another 15 All NBA and All Defensive Rookie of the Year. Both are in the Hall of Fame and their numbers 21 and 50 hang from the ceiling of the AT&T Center. Next to the banner with the winning rings, first during Robinson’s time and later during Duncan’s Big-3, Also he will represent the whole world.

Because the player picked #1 eleven times has a passport and nationality different from the United States Bahamas (Michael Thompson and DeAndre Ayton), Australia (Andrew Bogut w Ben Simmons), Canada (Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins) and Nigeria (Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Olokandi) In the lead, with two each. China has to yao ming, 2002, Italian Andrea Bargnani in 2006 and Karl Anthony-TownesWith Dominican nationality, first elected in 2015. Kyrie Irving was born in Australia to an American citizen and Tim Duncan despite being in the United States Virgin Islands, a US territory. Victor Vembanyama will be the first French and the fourth European Once San Antonio makes its selection official, it should be selected with the first pick in the draft as early as Thursday through Friday.

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Alejandro Gaten

Sports reporter covering the NBA from Toronto. Hailing from Barcelona, ​​he has lived in Boston, Sydney and Bogotá before moving to Canada to bring home the best basketball league on the planet. All NBA, a little bit of basketball, as he grew up with Tracy McGrady and Pau Gasol, but also Sarunas Jasikevicius and Arvydas Macijauskas. He studied journalism in Barcelona, ​​where he worked in various media and radio stations, and currently also collaborates with Gigantes del Basket and NBA Spain. It was in the NBA Finals that Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Sergio Scariolo got their first rings. If you don’t see him here, he’s probably on Twitter. ,

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