The 2022 class of this NBA season is called to make a difference. At least in terms of his first picks. After an exciting Draft in which it was not known until the last moment which of the three favorites was going to be the first chosen of the night, it was time to show what they are made of.
And one of them is Chet Holmgren, one of the players who generates the most expectations due to his style of play and his striking physique. A pivot with ball handling typical of a base and a characteristic shot of a small forward or escort. He all in a body of 2.13 meters but barely 85 kilograms of weight.
But all the doubts generated by his physique dissipated, at least, after the first day of action in the NBA world, when he played for his Oklahoma City Thunder team in the debut of the Utah Summer League where he put on a real show .
Precisely against the local team, Holmgren was dispatched with a list of 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and no more and no less than six blocks, breaking an all-time record in the Summer League in this section. As if that were not enough, he converted four triples from six attempts for a 78% success rate in total field goals (7 of 9).
It should be noted that this performance, especially in the defensive aspect, has more merit if one takes into account that he faces players with a more dominant physique, such as the Senegalese Tacko Fall, who is 2.30 meters tall and weighs 140 kilos. Holmgren was not intimidated and even managed to cover a shot to the African giant.
When asked about his blocking record, Chet went for more. “Was it only six? There will be more soon,” he promised. In any case, he valued with more humility the work of his colleagues and how they help him in the adaptation process. One of them is Josh Giddey, chosen by the Thunder in the last Draft and one of the best rookies of the previous season.
“He makes work easier. Being such a high-ranking choice, he was under a lot of pressure and he has withstood it great. It will be great to have him on the team and share the pitch with him. We have to work so that society works well, but we are on the right path,” said the 19-year-old Australian point guard
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Chet Holmgren and a historic debut in the NBA world