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Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren (Lisfranc injury) out for season

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Jul 9, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) reacts after a scoring play against the Houston Rockets during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward Chet Holmgren will miss the 2022-23 season after sustaining a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, the team announced Thursday morning.

Holmgren, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, was injured during Saturday’s CrawsOver Pro-Am game in Seattle after rolling his ankle. Holmgren was defending LeBron James on a fast break when the injury occurred.

“Certainly, we are disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he had about getting on the floor with his teammates this season,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “We know Chet has a long career ahead of him within our organization and the Oklahoma City community. One of the things that most impressed us during the process of selecting Chet was his determination and focus. We expect that same tenacity will carry him through this period of time as we work together and support him during his rehabilitation.”

Saturday’s exhibition eventually had to be called in the second quarter due to unsafe court conditions. Humid conditions plus a crowd of roughly 3,000 caused condensation on the floor at Seattle Pacific University.

Holmgren averaged 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in five games for the Thunder at the Las Vegas Summer League.

In his lone season at Gonzaga, Holmgren averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.9 assists. The Bulldogs entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed but lost in a regional semifinal to Arkansas.

–Field Level Media