Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder’s No. 2 in the 2022 NBA Draft, will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the team announced on Thursday. Holmgren sustained a Lisfranc injury to his right foot.
“Obviously we’re disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he’s had getting on the ground with his teammates this season,” Thunder chief executive Sam Presti said in a statement. “We know that Chet has a long career behind him within our organization and the Oklahoma City community. One of the things that most impressed us in selecting Chet was his determination and focus. We expect that same tenacity will help him through this.” period in which we work together and support him during his rehabilitation.”
Holmgren played at Jamal Crawford’s “The Crawsover Pro-Am” in Seattle last weekend and at one point went up to defend LeBron James on the rim. He seemed to land awkwardly and limped as he tried to get back across the field. He left the game after that game and a short time later, the entire event was canceled due to condensation on the field. (His injury appeared unrelated to the lawsuit.)
This is clearly disappointing news for both him and the Thunder. Holmgren impressed on both sides of the floor during Summer League action in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, fueling even more excitement ahead of his eventual NBA debut.
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In his first game in Salt Lake City, he left 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six blocks; over three games in Vegas, he averaged 12 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and two blocks. Sure, you can only read so much in the Summer League stats, but his ability to influence the game in so many different ways was exactly why the Thunder was eager to make him the second overall pick.
Heading into the draft, one of Holmgren’s few concerns was related to his body. Many had questions about how his spindly, 7-foot, 195-pound body would withstand the rigors of the professional game. Some may use this injury as proof that they were right, but it’s worth noting that this was a fluke and anyone can land on anyone’s foot under the basket.