It lived up to the hype.
On Tuesday night, the first of two much-anticipated exhibition games took place near Las Vegas featuring the almost surefire top two picks in next year’s NBA draft, French do-it-all center Victor Wembanyama of Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and American guard Scoot Henderson of G League Ignite.
To say that Wembanyama and Henderson delivered on what was a huge stage (the game was televised on ESPN2 and between 120 and 150 NBA executives were expected to be in attendance) would be an understatement.
Both players were remarkable. Wembanyama finished with 37 points (including seven 3-pointers), five blocks and four rebounds, and Henderson scored 28 points with nine assists and five rebounds.
G League Ignite won, 122-115, with the second game of the series set for Thursday afternoon.
The Utah Jazz, of course, are widely expected to miss the playoffs this season and thus get a lottery pick. As Tuesday’s game was being played, many people took to Twitter to express thoughts about Wembanyama or Henderson being on the team next season.
Here is some of that Twitter reaction.
After watching that Wembanyama vs Scoot duel I sure hope the Jazz got winning out of their system tonight!— Brandon (@brdennis51) October 5, 2022
Man watching this game I would not be mad if the jazz got Scoot…at all— Art Vandelay (@vandelayinc7) October 5, 2022
Wembanyama already has 2 blocks and a sweet coast to coast move 3 minutes into the game. The jazz need to prioritize this man— Ryan Mortensen (@MortyRyan) October 5, 2022
I truly hope Victor Wembanyama doesn't have to wear this horrid Jazz jersey which took minimal effort and time to create.— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) October 2, 2022
This Scoot Vs Wembanyama game is the biggest game of the season for Spurs and Jazz fans— Chris (@Chris_ApTx) October 5, 2022
The Jazz have to get Wembanyama because I don’t know what I’m going to do if they don’t— Bradlee (@BRadGMT) October 5, 2022
Wembanyama is absurd. The Jazz need to go 0-82. Trade some picks. I don’t care. Get this dude next year— Eric V. Diamond (@el_diamante3) October 5, 2022
After this Met92-G League Ignite game Sexton, Conley, Clarkson, Vanderbilt, & Markkanen better average exactly 0.0 min per game for the Jazz. Wembanyama is worth it! Scoot looks like he might be too! Lol— James Peterson (@Jersyjames23) October 5, 2022
37 points 7/11 from 3 and 5 blocks. Whatever we need to do to get Wembanyama in a Jazz jersey we need to do it. He was somehow even better than I expected.— Jason Voorhees 🔪 (@JasonDJensen) October 5, 2022
Can we just give all of our future draft picks and add half of our roster to the another team that gets the first overall pick in next year's draft? Because I badly want Victor Wembanyama wearing the Utah Jazz jersey.— asler from ph🇵🇭 (@aslerrrr) October 5, 2022
Jazz gonna land Wembanyama, Rudy will come back in a few years, Markkanen will have developed a bit and the Jazz will start three seven footers in the Finals.— Dustin Taylor 💎⌚️ (@DustinT_NBA) October 5, 2022
Tweeting it into existence.