The NBA is amazed with Victor Wembanyama taking his very first steps within the league.
It is regular with probably the most anticipated participant within the league since LeBron James, though his mere presence maybe takes the highlight away from different deserving gamers.
That is the case with Chet Holmgren, the Thunder rookie who spent final season injured in a pickup sport. He is reclaiming his spot.
Bodily he’s one other ‘unicorn’, measuring 2.16 meters and weighing 88 kilos, and with the ball in his arms he’s one other genius. His affect within the NBA, like that of ‘Wemby’, has been rapid.
The ‘7’ led the Thunder, a contender for the title, to a 108-105 win in Cleveland.
How did Holmgren dominate the Cavaliers?
Whereas Donovan Mitchell towards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort have been going at it, Chet was shutting down the rim. Spida’ went for 43 factors, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 55 p.c taking pictures.
Then the Thunder answered with 32 factors and 11 rebounds from Shai and 25 with three three-pointers from Dort. Holmgren, of all issues, introduced out his repertoire of pictures and passes.
He totaled 16 factors, on a great 5/9 taking pictures conversion share and he had 13 rebounds and 7 blocks.
An enormous document for a rookie who determined to be vitally vital on protection.
“Within the first sport I did not have a single block and solely grabbed 4 rebounds. I believed it was unacceptable, I must have one other customary,” Holmgren defined.
It isn’t regular for a rookie to have that form of defensive potential. Solely all-time greats on the inside positions have the identical or extra blocks than Holmgren in his NBA debut.
Invoice Walton had 9 (1974), Shawn Bradley and David Robinson each had eight, while Mark Eaton had seven in 1982. He is among the many elite.
“Verify the video and provides me my appropriate variety of blocks. I do not care about them … however I labored exhausting for it,” he went on to quip because the NBA made an error when including them up.
His affect did not cease there, as a result of on offense he additionally delivered the products. His three-pointer to tie the sport within the remaining minute spoke volumes.
Victor Wembanyama clearly has a robust rival in an NBA crammed with generational abilities.