Victor Wembanyama’s historic triple-double by the numbers: Spurs star rookie blocks 10 shots against Raptors

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We all knew that Victor Wembanyama would rewrite the NBA record books when he arrived in the NBA, but no one could have predicted that this would come so quickly. On Monday, Wembanyama and his San Antonio Spurs faced the Toronto Raptors in a battle of sub-.500 teams that even the staunchest of NBA League Pass addicts could be forgiven for skipping. However, those who tuned in saw perhaps the best game of the Rookie of the Year’s young career: 27 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks, five assists and two steals in San Antonio’s 122-99 win.

His performance was an all around masterpiece. Not only did he set a career high in blocks, but he also finished among his own highs in points, rebounds and assists. It was just the second triple-double that a No. 1 pick has ever posted. But it’s not just personal history that Wembanyama has made here. It was league history. Let’s take a look at Wembanyama’s monster game by the numbers:

  • It was the 91st overall triple-double that included at least 10 blocks. The last one was from Clint Capela in 2021.
  • Wembanyama is just the fourth rookie to record a triple-double that included blocks. Mark Eaton and Ralph Sampson both did it once in 1983. In 1990, another Spur, David Robinson, did it three times. That means that four out of the six rookie triple-doubles with blocks were recorded by Spurs.
  • Remember, Eaton and Sampson were both four-year college players, while Robinson spent two years in the Navy following his college career. That makes Wembanyama the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with long blocks. Wembanyama is currently 20 years and 40 days old. Sampson, at 23 years and 155 days, was the youngest person to do so before.
  • Let’s remove the triple-double requirement for a moment. Before Monday, only five rookies had ever recorded 10 blocks in a game: Josh Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Harvey Catchings, Mark Eaton (once each) and Manute Bol (five times). Mac Smith, who was still a teenager at the time, was the youngest of that group. Wembanyama is now in second place.
  • Wembanyama ties Robinson for second on the scoring list among rookies with 10 blocks. Both reached 27. Sampson scored 28.
  • He is the fourth player in NBA history to record a total stat line of at least 27 points, 14 rebounds, 10 blocks and five assists, joining Olajuwon, Sampson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Wembanyama has now surpassed Tim Duncan’s career high of nine blocks in a single game.

The more you dig into the Wembanyama game, the more history you will find. What we are seeing now is a historical anomaly. This isn’t just a future star in San Antonio. Victor Wembanyama has already become one of the most formidable rookies in NBA history. With his unmatched combination of physical tools and skill, he has a chance to put up stat lines that will never be matched. If Monday was any indication, we might not even have to wait that long to see her.

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