At the moment, it seems likely that the San Antonio Spurs are going to have one of the best chances of getting the first pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. With the 15th seed in the Western Conference and the worst record in the league outside the Orlando Magic, the Spurs could potentially draft Victor Wembanyama.
Wembanyama, who many believe might be one of the best prospects the game has ever seen, could be the perfect fit for coach Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs as they look to continue building with some of their young talent.
It's tough to tell if the Spurs are tanking at the moment, or if they're just truly that bad a team. They haven't won a game since November 11. However, that could be due to their talent, or lack thereof. Spurs fans want Wembanyama, and that was clear when two fans came in with a Wembanyama and tank jersey.
What fans said after they saw the jersey might be even funnier than the jerseys. Here're some reactions:
A Houston Rockets fan made sure to let the Spurs know that Wembanyama is going to play in Houston.
Tanking would disrupt our business model - NBA Commissioner
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made it known previously that teams aren't allowed to tank:
"It would so disrupt our business model," Silver told employees. "And even if you took two teams up from the G League, they wouldn't be equipped to compete in the NBA."
"It's something we have to watch for," Silver said. "A draft is, in principle, a good system. But I get it, especially when there is a sense that a once-in-a-generation player is coming along, like we have this year."
Silver didn't mention Wembanyama by name, sources present said, but added that the league would adjust as required. He said:
"Teams are smarter; they are creative, and they respond -- we move, they move -- so we're always looking to see whether there's yet a better system," Silver told employees.
Well, San Antonio Spurs fans don't care at all about what Silver said about tanking. He's going to try to crack down on that, but are other teams that will start to lose games towards the end of the year and fully get into tank mode.
We've seen it happen plenty of times in the past decade, and it would be unlikely if that changes any time soon, despite what Silver says.