LAS VEGAS – The Oklahoma City Thunder continued their strong Summer League play on Monday with a win over the undefeated Orlando Magic. Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren have been the two biggest catalysts in OKC's wins and the reason they're in the running for the Summer League championship.
The duo of Giddey and Holmgren has now played four games together in Summer league, boasting a record of 3-1. The lone loss came at the hands of Jabari Smith and the Houston Rockets in a 90-88 loss. For the better part of this summer, they've been great. And it's led to a lot of inquiries about the best nickname for the duo.
There were a few names that made the round on Twitter, but one stuck out about the rest: Chetmate (or Chetm8).
Naturally, we decided to ask Josh Giddey about his favorite nickname for the two after the Thunder's win over the Spurs.
Me: “There’s been a few nicknames going around for you & Chet [Holmgren]. Have a favorite?”@joshgiddey: “What are the few going around?”
Me: “Chetmate is one.”
JG: “Chetmate, I like that one! Chet keeps it American-Australian, so I like that one.”
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) July 12, 2022
Chet Holmgren led the way for the Thunder, scoring 16 points, grabbing 12 boards, and swatting away two shots. Josh Diddey did't shoot the ball all that well, but he did finish with 12 points, seven rebounds
The OKC Thunder look promising this year, and a lot of that will depend on their young core. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will come back and improve. Fresh off of his new five-year deal, Lu Dort will likely do the same. Josh Giddey and Chet Holmdgren will take a bit of time to round up into stars, but the potential is clearly there.
In year's past, the Thunder would bench/rest guys down the stretch. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey have already been shut down multiple times] in the past, so it'll be interesting to see who the Thunder play.