Oklahoma City Thunder starter Chet Homgren will miss the entire 2022-23 season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot. Holmgren was selected No. 2 overall in this year’s NBA draft.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the news on Thursday. The 7′ center out of Gonzaga suffered the injury on Saturday while defending against four-time MVP LeBron James at the CrawsOver Pro-Am League event in Seattle.
Thunder damage update. A statement from GM Sam Presti
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Thunder GM Sam Presti released this statement: “Obviously, we’re very sorry for Chet, especially given the joy he’s shown this season in being on the floor with his teammates.
“We know Chet has a long career ahead of him at our company and the Oklahoma City community. One of the things that impressed us most about Chet was his dedication and focus,” continued Presti.
We expect the same tenacity to carry him through this time as we worked with and supported him during his recovery.
Thunder starter Chet Homgren could miss the entire 2022-23 season.
While with the Thunder in the NBA 2K23 Summer League, in five games played, Holmgren averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. His influence was felt on the court.
Other NBA players at the CrawsOver Pro-Am event include No. 1 overall picks Paolo Banchero, Jayson Tatum, Aaron Gordon and DeJuante Murray.
However, the away game was canceled due to questionable game conditions in the second quarter. On Saturday, the high temperature in Seattle was 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although the high humidity mixed with condensation inside the court was dangerous for the players. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a year to see Holmgren play his first official NBA game.
Injuries during meaningless games are not uncommon.
On July 1, the Gonzaga product signed a four-year entry-level contract with the Thunder. He will earn $9,891,240 through the 2022-23 season. From there, Holmgren is projected to earn $10,386,000 through the 2023-24 season.
The center has a 2024-25 team option worth $10,880,640 and another team option through the 2025-26 season for $13,731,368. Regardless, his future is secure.
Holmgren, a freshman at Gonzaga in 2021-22, averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.7 blocks per game. He won WCC Defensive Player of the Year and was selected to the WCC All-Freshman Team. Additionally, Chet Holmgren was named to the All-WCC first team.