He came with a lot of hype and expectation, and on his first professional outing, Chet Holmgren shone.
The summer league is an off-season competition in which difference He mostly plays Rookie, Sophomore and Fringe NBA players to give minutes to develop talent and see who fits and who doesn’t.
In the 98-77 win over the Utah Jazz, Holmgren wowed fans in his 24 minutes on the court, setting records as he went.
The big 20-year-old finished with 23 points – including 4 of 6 attempts from a three-point range – seven rebounds and four assists.
He also finished by six blocks, the most ever in an NBA summer league game.
When he was then told he had broken the record, Holmgren said he wanted more. “Only six? This is the record? Oh, well, I’m coming to break it again” ESPN . said In his post-match TV interview.
According to ESPN, Holmgren became the first player in summer league history to score at least five blocks and hit four three-pointers.
Playing alongside a wide range of Thunder’s young talents – Josh Giddey, Alekesej Pokusevski, Jaylin Williams and Jalen Williams – Holmgren’s size and shooting ability stood out right away.
The seven-footed player from Gonzaga snapped the paint off his size and displayed some of the cunning offensive skills he’s already learned.
He dunked the ball emphatically to score his first points, hitting a three-point shot against a seven-foot-six-foot Taco Fall, and hitting a lackluster mid-range shot that bore an uncanny resemblance to NBA Hall-of-Famer Dirk Nowitzki.
“He shouted out to my teammates for preparing me, talking to me, and putting me in a position to be successful,” Holmgren He saidAnd his arm is around the Jedi.
“Shout out for this guy here,” he said, pointing at the Jedi. Double double with assists. A great night for him and that helped me a lot.”
Jedi was very irritable in his praise of Holmgren. “The hype he came in, the way he played tonight was a big deal for us,” the Australian goalkeeper He said.
“Being such a high-choice, there’s a lot of pressure coming in, and he handled it as well as he could. He makes my job easy to play with someone like him. He can extend the floor, finish off the edge. He protects me, he supports me on the defensive side. So I love to play. With him. It was one match, and the chemistry is getting stronger.”
The coaching staff at Thunder were also impressed by Holmgren’s debut performance.
“I thought he was really good in attack. What impressed me the most was the way he played our style,” Cameron Woods, Thunder summer coach, He said.
“Obviously he had a great game, but the most impressive part for me was that he did it in our attacking line. It looked like a basketball team out there and they found success in what we do.”
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