Spurs’ Wembanyama, Hornets’ Miller Named Rookies Of The Month

Spurs big man Victor Wembanyama and Hornets wing Brandon Miller have been named the NBA’s Rookies of the Month for January, the league announced on Thursday (Twitter link). Wembanyama, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft, won for the Western Conference, while Miller, the No. 2 pick, won for the East.

A 7’4″ French phenom, Wembanyama spent much of January on a minutes restriction after suffering a sprained ankle, but was extremely effective while on the court. In 26.7 minutes per night over 14 games, the 20-year-old averaged 24.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3.4 blocks on a .506/.324/.831 shooting line.

Wembanyama currently leads the NBA with 3.2 blocks per game while also chipping in 1.1 steals.

Miller, meanwhile, averaged 16.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 14 games for Charlotte last month (30.3 minutes per game). The 21-year-old posted a .421/.333/.833 shooting line.

According to the NBA, Chet Holmgren and Cam Whitmore were the other nominees in the West, while Bilal Coulibaly and Jaime Jaquez were nominated in the East (Twitter link). Holmgren and Jaquez took home the monthly awards for October/November and December.

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