Chet Holmgren's debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't have gone any better as he helped lift the team to a 98-77 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
Holmgren put up an impressive 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and six blocks in nearly 24 minutes. He hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor and went 4-of-6 from deep, showing off his ability to drain a basket at all three levels.
The 20-year-old rookie had NBA experts and fans salivating over his performance, and they can't wait to see what he'll be able to accomplish once the 2022-23 season officially begins this fall.
Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless
I know it's "just Summer League," but Chet Holmgren looks far more comfortable tonight at Utah than he did in his last two NCAA tourney games. 1st quarter: 3-4 from 3, 13 points, 3 blocks and a steal. Just dominated. Sam Presti took him over Jabari Smith. Presti strikes again?
The Thunder selected Holmgren with the second overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft out of Gonzaga. After a freshman season that saw him average 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.7 blocks per game for the Bulldogs, fans knew he would be a star at the next level.
If Holmgren can continue to play at this high of a level moving forward, the Thunder should be one of the best teams to watch next season. They boast one of the most impressive young lineups in the NBA that includes Josh Giddey, Aleksej Pokusevski and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
A couple of other notables from Tuesday's Thunder-Jazz matchup:
- Jalen Williams (2022 12th overall pick): 17 PTS, 5 REB
- Josh Giddey (2021 6th overall pick): 14 PTS, 5 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK
Holmgren and the Thunder will be in action again on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City Summer League action. Las Vegas Summer League will begin on July 7 and run through July 17.