Victor Wembanyama is a unique player, but early returns from the Rookie of the Year favorite suggest he has one thing in common with LeBron James: He appears to be the rare highly touted prospect who is worthy of all the hype.

On Thursday, Wembanyama made NBA history in the Spurs’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the first player to score 25 or more points, 10 or more rebounds, five or more assists, five or more blocks and five or more made 3-pointers in a game.

It should perhaps come as little surprise that Wembanyama is the first player to achieve that stat line. After all, one of the reasons he is unique is his combination of height and skill—at 7-foot-5 with the longest wingspan in the NBA, he handles like a guard and is shooting 3-pointers at a 32.7 percent clip. That’s below league average, but he’s shooting five per game and 81.4 percent from the free-throw line, both of which suggest an encouraging comfort level.

“He’s not afraid to put himself out there,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Thursday’s win. “He’ll take shots. He’s not worried about if he misses it, what the consequences are or anything like that. He likes those moments.”

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Forward Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs runs down the court during Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wembanyama is making history as a rookie.

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Meanwhile, Wembanyama’s comfort down the stretch against the Thunder was striking. He scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 3-pointer from half a step in front of the Spurs’ half-court logo, with 3:26 remaining and a 6-point lead.

“Vic shoots a crazy three, and I’m looking at him, like, There’s no way he shot that,” Spurs guard Devin Vassell told reporters. “Then it goes down. It’s like, ‘Nah, this kid is special.'”

A minute later, Wembanyama buried a second 3-pointer that pushed the Spurs’ lead over the Thunder—who previously were tied for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference—to 9. On the ensuing possession, Wembanyama’s fellow rookie Chet Holmgren (who, at 7-foot-1, is impressively skilled in his own right) tried to put a dribble move on Wembanyama to create space. Holmgren’s field-goal attempt barely left his hand before Wembanyama smothered and grabbed it as Holmgren hit the deck.

“He’s gotten more and more physical as the year has gone along,” Popovich told reporters. “Understanding how many games is 82…it’s all an education for him. But he obviously did a good job tonight.”

Wembanyama admitted to reporters afterward that the Rookie of the Year race is “very important” to him, which likely added some fuel to his fire against fellow contender Holmgren. Thursday’s game may have solidified his case, although the 20-year-old wasn’t ready to declare it over.

“There’s still 22 games left,” he said. “So no. It’s not over.”

That might be true, but Holmgren would need a big rally. Wembanyama is averaging 20.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He has recorded the NBA’s relatively rare 5×5 stat line (5 or more points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in a single game) twice already as a rookie.

He has the potential to become the first player since former Spurs great David Robinson in 1994 to record a quadruple-double—he blocked 10 shots against the Toronto Raptors earlier this month, as well as eight against the Grizzlies last November, and he dished out 10 assists against the Pistons in January.

Meanwhile, his on/off impact is nearly 7 points per 100 possessions, which is third among rookies, and the two players above him—Dallas Mavericks big man Dereck Lively II and Golden State Warriors guard Brandin Podziemski—play supporting roles to Luka Doncic and Steph Curry on their respective teams. The Spurs are building around Wembanyama, and after 54 games of NBA action, he already looks the part of a future cornerstone superstar.

After Thursday’s game, which was the Spurs’ first back at home after a lengthy road trip, Wembanyama grabbed a microphone and addressed the crowd.

“I missed this s***,” he said as the crowd roared (and Robinson nodded approvingly in the front row). “I love it.”

Wembanyama joked postgame that he’s “still not used to the standards here.” But whether or not he’s ready for the in-arena microphone, he’s clearly ready for the NBA game.

“Most players in the league have been through a lot of challenges,” Wembanyama said. “I’ve been through a lot of challenges in my basketball life. It’s something you have to live with. It is what it is. You want to be great, or you don’t.”

The Spurs return to action Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, starting at 7 p.m. ET.