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Denver Nuggets | Nikola Jokic pays Victor Wembanyama respect after first matchup: “He’s gonna change the game, 100%”

Michael Malone commended Julian Strawther for his courage in the face of potential humiliation. But the truth is, the No. 29 draft pick didn’t even consider the possibility of a slam dunk attempt until it was too late, when the No. 1 draft pick was rising about four feet above him.

Strawther avoided getting posterized into oblivion by fouling. Victor Wembanyama wasn’t able to finish the dunk through contact, leaving Strawther nervously laughing as Ball Arena applauded him.

“He was really far out, so my initial mindset was, ‘OK, I’m gonna contest the layup here,'” Strawther told The Denver Post.