On October 4th and 6th, Paris’s Metropolitan 92 will travel to Las Vegas for a pair of exhibitions against the G League Ignite. Although these games are glorified scrimmages that have no intrinsic value on their own, they’ll still be the highlight of this year’s draft cycle, marking the first-ever showdown between Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, the consensus best two prospects in this—or just about any—draft class. With ESPN slated to broadcast both games, this is the first chance that most NBA fans will have to watch Wembanyama play a full game without having to hunt down elusive streams of France’s domestic league. For dedicated NBA Draft sickos, this is our Super Bowl.
Hailed as one of the best prospects of all time, Wembanyama defies hyperbole. Just 18 years old, he’s already a 7’4 goliathan with a soon-to-be NBA record wingspan (8’ wingspan??? 8’ wingspan!!!!!) who’s an elite rim protector but also bangs threes off movement and creates his own shot off the dribble. It’s impossible to describe him without sounding unhinged—he’s the Thon Maker Who Was Promised, Evan Mobley jacked up on Captain America super serum, the end result of a fusion dance between Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns.