Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren will miss the upcoming season with a foot injury, the team announced Thursday.
Holmgren, who was selected second overall in this year’s draft by Gonzaga University, was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, affecting the area between the mid and forefoot.
Holmgren, 20, appears to have suffered the injury last Saturday while playing in a pro-am game in Seattle that featured NBA stars LeBron James, Jayson Tatum and first overall pick Paolo Banchero, between others.
“Certainly we are disappointed for Chet, especially given how excited he was to be back on the field with his teammates this season,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. communicated.
“We know Chet has a long career ahead of him in our organization and in the Oklahoma City community.
“One of the things that impressed us the most during Chet’s selection process was his determination and focus.
“We expect the same tenacity to carry him through this time as we work together and support him through his rehabilitation.”
It comes after Holmgren impressed in this year’s Summer League – an off-season competition in which teams play mostly rookies, sophomores and fringe NBA players to give talent development minutes and see who fits and who doesn’t.
In a particular win over the Utah Jazz earlier this summer, Holmgren wowed fans in 24 minutes on the court, setting records as he went.
The big man finished with 23 points – including 4 of 6 three-point attempts – seven rebounds and four assists.
He also finished with six blocks, the most ever in an NBA Summer League game.