How Tall Is Victor Wembanyama?
If you’re an NBA fan and don’t know about Victor Wembanyama yet, it’s about time you learn. The French phenom has been touted as the most tantalizing NBA draft prospect since LeBron James, and he might be even better than King James was at his age.
When you watch Wemby on the court, you almost can’t believe how fluid and skilled he is for his size. Speaking of his size, how tall is Victor Wembanyama, how much does he weigh, and how wide is his wingspan?
Victor Wembanyama was declared a unicorn, then became the first overall pick of the 2023 NBA draft
We’ve seen the “generational” tag placed on a handful of NBA draft prospects this century. It all started with LeBron in 2003, then came Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson years later. Considering all three superstars are currently playing in the same generation, it didn’t make much sense to call them all generational draft prospects, but I digress.
In Wembanyama’s case, however, the label might actually fit the player.
Born in Le Chesnay, France in 2004, Wembanyama has exploded on the professional basketball scene over the last few years. The 19-year-old is taller than Rudy Gobert, has a wider wingspan than Giannis Antetokounmpo, and can handle and shoot the ball like a guard. In the 34 games of his final season in France, Wemby averaged 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3.0 blocks.
As you might expect, the combination of those physical tools and that stat line made the unique prospect a lock to become No. 1 overall in the 2023 NBA Draft. Even before the teenager joined the San Antonio Spurs, though, LeBron James saw a bright future ahead for him.
“Everybody’s been a unicorn over the last few years, but he’s more like an alien,” James recently told reporters. “No one has ever seen anyone as tall as he is but as fluid and as graceful as he is out on the floor.”
Victor Wembanyama height: How tall is the 2023 first overall pick?
When you watch Wembanyama float down the length of the court in a few long strides, you might think he’s standing over eight feet tall. He’s not quite there, but he’s pretty darn close.
While several numbers were thrown around before the center arrived in North America, we learned the official answer shortly after draft night.
According to an AP report (h/t ESPN), Wembanyama stands at 7-foot-3.5 inches tall without shoes. His wingspan wasn’t mentioned in the write-up, but it’s still safe to assume that it’s somewhere within the eight-foot neighborhood that ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Jonathan Givony discussed in early 2023. The teenager’s weight wasn’t mentioned, either, but that same feature pegged him at 230 pounds.
But if you’d prefer visual aids to pure numbers, we’ve got those, too. Not only has the teenager taken a photo with Rudy Gobert, as seen above, but he also shared a selfie in what looks like a rather cramped elevator.
It’s also worth remembering that Wembanyama might not be done growing at 19 years of age, so we might see him sprout to 7-foot-6 or 7-foot-7. Either way, he’s going to be an unstoppable force in the NBA for years to come.