Update — Holmgren will miss the entire 2022-23 season due to a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, the team announced on Thursday morning. This is a huge blow to the Thunder, who selected Holmgren with the second pick in the 2022 NBA Draft this summer. We always knew there would be concerns over Holmgren’s durability. This is unfortunate, but doesn’t mean Holmgren’s career is over by any means. OKC has no reason to rush Holmgren into the lineup, going through a very lengthy rebuilding process. This does shake up the Rookie of the Year race heading into this season.
The Oklahoma City Thunder might be without No. 2 overall pick Chet Holmgren for a while, as the rookie suffered ligament damage in his foot according to Shams Charania. Holmgren is currently exploring his treatment options.
Exams show Chet Holmgren has potential torn ligaments in his foot, sources said. A timetable is being determined based on further evaluations. https://t.co/vig5zWOSzz— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 24, 2022
This was a concern with Holmgren coming out of college, as his frame and playing style lend to wear and tear on his legs. The rookie impressed in Summer League and was the co-favorite to win Rookie of the Year with Paolo Banchero at +350 per DraftKings Sportsbook after the Las Vegas edition.
The Thunder aren’t in a big hurry to win a lot of games, so they’re going to take the cautious approach with Holmgren regardless of the final outcome of his injury. However, this is not a great sign early in his career given the concerns many had about him. We’ll see if he’ll be ready to start the season or whether he’ll miss time.