NBA 2022 Draft Ranks: Oklahoma City Thunder Selects Chet Holmgren Second Overall Pick

With the overall number 2 pick in Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder have selected Chet Holmgren, a great 7-foot stretcher with potentially game-changing guarding and defensive skills.

One of college basketball’s most dominant two-way stars during his lone season at the Gonzagas, Holmgren joins budding superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 2021 sixth overall Josh Giddey as the core of a Thunder franchise that remains stocked with capital. pending futures just waiting to be cashed.

CBS Sports Gary Parrish gives Thunder’s choice A +.

Concerns about Holmgren’s lightweight structure are legitimate, but it’s such a unique prospect with incredible potential that it’s the right choice here. This 7 foot wheel cover which can also bounce like a guard and do 3 points reliably. He has the highest ceiling in this draft and, for that reason, he shouldn’t drop below here.

Holmgren looms as a protection of the elite circle and a change of pellets in the paint; many really smart analysts refer to Holmgren’s instincts on the defensive side as “off the charts.” Holmgren has been compared to Pau Gasol, or even Rudy Gobert with perimeter abilities, by Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. This is a real praise.

Offensively, Holmgren’s ability to stretch the floor as a shooter is a perfect complement to Gilgeous-Alexander, who is one of the most aggressive pilots in the league and it becomes nearly impossible to keep out of paint on a spaced-out floor.

Meanwhile, Giddey, who isn’t a great shooter but is a special passerby, now has a 7-foot shooting target for his sixth sense readings and more room to operate as a playmaker.

Holmgren’s Scouting Report

There is, of course, some doubt that Holmgren will live up to the hype. His slim build is where most of the doubt begins and ends. Will he be able to withstand the physical weight of the NBA? Everyone will cite the fact that Scouts expressed similar concerns about Kevin Durant when he was coming out of college, and indeed the NBA has become much more about skill than physicality. But that doesn’t mean Holmgren’s career will unfold the same way. For one, he’s nowhere near as skilled as Durant. Not even close. None are that size.

Here’s what CBS Sports senior writer Matt Norlander said about Holmgren, who he ultimately projects as a good but not great player:

I think it’s more than reasonable to project at least one of the big three (Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Holmgren) not to be one of the top five players in this class before we look up in 2030 and take stock of everything that has happened. Since Holmgren is still haunted by questions about its structure and shelf life as an enduring presence, he’ll be picking it as the worst of the three. I don’t question his work ethic or love of the game. I can’t wait to see him in the NBA, but I think he ends up being a good, but somewhat inconsistent, modern stretch-center.

As Norlander says, Holmgren’s floor still appears to be quite high. He will be a good player. The seven feet that can shoot and protect the circle will always be very valuable. The question is whether Holmgren is a viable spin player or a legitimate franchise milestone. OKC is betting on the latter.

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