Chet Holmgren’s first Summer League has been just as polarizing as his pre-draft hype. Pundits have criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder’s light frame. Fans have disregarding said concerns. On Saturday night, the army of Holmgren deniers got more ammo to use, as he was posterized by Rockets undrafted center Aric Holman. (replay via ClutchPoints)
Aric Holman throws down the hammer over Chet Holmgren 🔨 pic.twitter.com/81E75xq0w3
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 10, 2022
Rockets’ Aric Holman POSTERIZES Chet Holmgren 😳 pic.twitter.com/5x8B6feNb3
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 10, 2022
The opinions on Chet Holmgren have greatly differed ever since he applied for the 2022 NBA draft. On one hand, fans were enamored by his long frame, diverse offensive skillset, and incredible rim protection. On the other hand… critics were vocal about their concerns about Chet’s thin frame. Still, the Thunder liked him enough to grab him with the second overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Holmgren’s first Summer League game was a rousing success, posting a monster statline of 23 points, seven rebounds, a Summer League record of 6 blocks, and 4 assists. Since then, though, the rookie has struggled to replicate that success in the next few games. Already, some people are hitting the panic button for him.
There’s no need to overreact about all of this though: getting posterized is part of the job description of most elite shot-blockers. The Thunder organization knows that Chet Holmgren is a long-term project. No one should start labeling him a bust, especially since he hasn’t played a single official minute in the NBA.