NBA drtaft lottery – Tony Parker celebrates Spurs’ draft lottery fortune with Wembanyama love – ESPN


Talk about a French connection.

On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs won the 2023 NBA draft lottery and the right to pick Victor Wembanyama, whom ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski called “the most highly anticipated player to ever enter the NBA.”

The 19-year-old Wembanyama, who is from Nanterre, France, and currently plays for Paris-based Metropolitans 92, got a shout out from a former Spurs star and fellow countryman. Tony Parker, who was drafted by the Spurs in 2001 before winning four NBA titles with the team, tweeted a photo of a very young Wembanyama sporting Parker’s No. 9 Spurs jersey.

Yesss he’s going to the @spurs !!! So proud of youπŸ’ͺ🏽

β€” Tony Parker (@tonyparker) May 17, 2023

The Spurs have twice before won the draft lottery. They turned those picks into hall of famers David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Wembanyama, who is 7-foot-5 with an 8-foot wingspan and can shoot 3s, is the consensus top prospect in the 2023 draft class.

Before the lottery, Wembanyama hung with another member of French sporting royalty — soccer star Kylian Mbappe, who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and led France to the 2018 World Cup title and 2022 World Cup final.

est prΓ©sent pour la soirΓ©e de la #NBADraftLottery avec @vicw_32 !

Γ€ suivre sur beIN SPORTS et via l’app NBA

β€” NBA France (@NBAFRANCE) May 16, 2023

Spurs fans celebrated the lottery win along with the team.

The San Antonio way πŸ₯³πŸš˜#NBADraftLottery | @Ticketmaster

β€” San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 17, 2023

We got a whole 2 hours of sleep last night πŸ˜€

How are y’all feeling, Spurs fam?

β€” San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 17, 2023


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