Since last night we have known the official order of the 2022 Draft. Thus, the Top 3 will be made up of Magic, Thunder and the Rockets. Clearly, Chet Holmgren Logically, he should land in one of these three teams, along with Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero, the other two attractions of this vintage focused on interiors.
It remains to be seen which leaders will be tempted before others by the 20-year-old, who this season averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks with Gonzaga University in the NCAA. Among the most talented prospects in this Draft, he could make an immediate impact in the Major League.
” The team that will select me will inherit a versatile player, who weighs in on victories. That’s what I look for when I go on the field, try to make win-win plays and I feel like that has been seen this season. “, he warned last night, in order to somehow defend his case against the Top 3 GMs.
Compensates for physical limitations with shooting quality
Observed for a long time, Chet Holmgren, however, can cause concern among specialists and observers, due to his physique a little too fragile for his position (2m13 for 88 kilos).
But, here again, the “Zags” nugget wanted to reassure the most skeptical, upstream of the Lottery.
” It’s not necessarily a goal to gain weight, because it’s more to gain muscle, and by doing so, I think I’ll get to the right weight. “, he confided thus on this subject, necessarily mentioned. ” I just have to keep getting stronger, like any young player coming into the NBA should, and I think that’s going to affect a lot of things, including the way I play. He is going to help me. »
On the other hand, what should have no difficulty transposing Chet Holmgren from the NCAA to the NBA is his basketball IQ and his protection of the circle. Not to mention the quality of his shot.
” I have a feeling my ability to create my own shot and score for myself will be highlighted. I already feel like a high-quality shooter from anywhere on the field, but I think I need to take it one step further and take it to the next level. I think I can become a member of the 50-40-90 club. »
It shines individually, but not only
Minimum 50% shooting accuracy, 40% 3-point shooting and 90% free throw shooting during a season? A feat accomplished by just nine players in the NBA, including Dirk Nowitzki in 2006/07. Afternoon the only interior of the lot, who was 2m13 and could play in 4/5 positions, like Chet Holmgren.
In fact, the Gonzaga center has the potential to enter this circle as closed as it is prestigious, since this season he shot with success percentages of 61% in shots, 39% in triples and 72% in free throws. All in respectively 9, 3 and 3 attempts per game. But Chet Holmgren also warns: having arrived “among the greats”, he does not intend to shine only on an individual level. Because, although he is first preparing to join one of the weakest in the country, it is the collective successes that attract him.
” I aim for nothing but heights “So announced the Minneapolis native. ” I have won throughout my career and I want to be able to say that I have won at all levels. So winning an NBA title is definitely my number one goal. It is above everything, above any individual distinction. »