March 27, 2024, Salt Lake City, UT: San Antonio Spurs forward Victor Wembanyama dunks during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, UtahWednesday, March 27, 2024. (Photo by Reginald Thomas II/San Antonio Spurs)

Victor Wembanyama Named March Rookie of the Month

Wembanyama Wins Western Conference Award for Third Consecutive Month

SAN ANTONIO (April 2, 2024) – The NBA today announced that Victor Wembanyama has been named the Western Conference Kia Rookie of the Month for games played in March. This marks his third straight Rookie of the Month honor, making him the first Spur since Tim Duncan to capture the award three months in a row. Kia became a partner of the San Antonio Spurs during the 2023-24 season.

Wembanyama appeared in 12 games (all starts) for the Spurs in March, averaging 21.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, a league-leading 3.83 blocks and 1.17 steals in 31.7 minutes to lead all rookies in scoring, rebounding and blocks for the month.

In an overtime win vs. Brooklyn on March 17, he finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds 7 blocks and 7 assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (three times), Charles Barkley (1986) and Joel Embiid (2017) as the only players with 30 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks in a game. 

During the month, he posted eight double-doubles including a season-high 40 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists vs. the Knicks on March 29, becoming the first rookie with 40+ points and 20+ rebounds since Shaquille O’Neal (1992-93).

The month also included five 30-plus-point games from Wembanyama, which is most for a rookie in a calendar month since LeBron James in Dec. 2003.

San Antonio Spurs x Kia America

The San Antonio Spurs cemented a new partnership with Kia America (Kia) earlier this season, joining 15 other teams in the Kia NBA family. Kia has an expanded presence at Spurs games with additional branding on the bottom pole pad and collaborated with the Spurs to feature a car display at Spurs home games and Frost Bank Center concerts and events at Section 115. In addition to the added branding, Kia and the Spurs teamed up to offer sweepstakes opportunities to their fans throughout the season for a chance to win free Spurs tickets. As one of the largest league partners, Kia has served as the official automotive partner of the NBA for 16 seasons.