Former Gonzaga Bulldogs star and the No. 2 pick of the 2022 NBA Draft Chet Holmgren will miss the entirety of the 2022-23 season because of a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Thursday.
Holmgren suffered the injury while defending LeBron James during the CrawsOver Pro-Am event in Seattle this past weekend.
Holmgren, who averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game for the Zags in his only season, demonstrated his unique “unicorn” prospect status. Throughout a short stint in the Summer League, he cemented his value, shooting 42 percent from long range and averaging 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 2.8 blocks per game.
Although there were “concerns” about his size and durability going into the NBA from people with nothing better to do in life than be stupid, freak foot injuries do happen when you jump up and land awkwardly on the foot of another player.
As such, we will have to wait another year for Holmgren to make his impact in the NBA. And that will happen—less a matter of if, more a matter of when.