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" NBA DRAFT 2022 : CHET HOLMGREN ON OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER "

Updated: Sep 8, 2022


NBA DRAFT 2022 OKLAHAMA CITY THUNDER BY 11IC BLOG
Chet Thomas Holmgren born on May 1, 2002, is an American professional basketball player of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Drafted 2nd overall in the 2022 NBA Draft.

He was born Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up playing basketball under of his father. Holmgren improved his shooting range while recovering from a broken right wrist during his first season.

He was attended as a freshman Minnehaha Academy, Holmgren averaged 6.2 points and three rebounds per game. His team won it’s second straight in a state championship. His sophomore season, Holmgren averaged 18.6 points and 11 rebounds per game and led his team to another Class 2A state title.

He had success with his Amateur Athletic Union team Grassroots Sizzle at the Under Armour Association, earning tournament most valuable player honors. As a result, he emerged as one of the highest ranked players in the 2021 class and started receiving more NCAA Division I interest.

As a senior, averaging 21 points and 12.3 rebounds, Holmgren won the Class 3A state title, his fourth state championship at Minnehaha. He was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, Naismith Prep Player of the Year, Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American, and Minnesota Mr. Basketball.

At the conclusion of the regular season, Holmgren was named West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. At the NCAA Tournament, Holmgren recorded 19 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists in their 93–72 opening round victory over Georgia State.

As a freshman, he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. On April 21, 2022, Holmgren declared for the 2022 NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.

Holmgren was selected with the second overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the highest draft pick ever taken out of Gonzaga and the highest pick from the state of Minnesota, topping Kevin McHale as well as being the highest drafted white American since Adam Morrison in 2006.

 Holmgren joined the Thunder's 2022 NBA Summer League roster. In his Summer League debut, Holmgren scored 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal in a 98–77 win against the Utah Jazz. Holmgren also broke the record for the most blocks in a single Summer League game after recording six blocks. On July 5, 2022, Holmgren signed a rookie-scale contract with the Thunder.

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