Tony Parker celebrates Spurs' draft lottery fortune with Wembanyama love

Spurs fans erupt in celebration after team gets top pick (1:12)

Check out a group of Spurs fans celebrating the team receiving the top pick and the chance to draft Victor Wembanyama. (1:12)

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 shoutout 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.

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-4 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.

Spurs fans celebrated the lottery win along with the team.