Chet Holmgren injury: Thunder rookie out entire 2022-23 season after injuring right foot at Pro-Am – CBS Sports

Chet Holmgren injury: Thunder rookie out entire 2022-23 season after injuring right foot at Pro-Am - CBS Sports

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Chet Holmgren, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday. Holmgren suffered a Lisfranc injury to his right foot.

“Certainly, we’re disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he’s had on the floor with his teammates this season,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “We know Chet has a long career ahead of him within our organization and the Oklahoma City community. One of the things that impressed us most during the process of selecting Chet was his determination and focus. We expect that same tenacity will carry him through this. a period of time when 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 to defend LeBron James at the rim. He appeared to land awkwardly and limped as he tried to walk back down the yard. He left the game after that game and a short time later the entire event was called off due to condensation on the court. (His injury did not appear to be related to the court issue.)

This is obviously disappointing news for both him and the Thunder. Holmgren impressed on both ends of the floor during Summer League action in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, which generated even more excitement for his final NBA debut.

In his first game in Salt Lake City, he dropped 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 into Summer League stats, but his ability to impact the game in so many different ways was exactly why the Thunder wanted to make him the second overall pick.

Entering the draft, one of the few concerns about Holmgren was regarding his body. Many had questions about how his thin, 7-foot, 195-pound body would handle 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 random play and landing on someone’s foot under the basket can happen to anyone.

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