Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman Chet Holmgren continues to see his name heating up in the basketball world. As the days continued to pass until the 2022 NBA Draft took place, Holmgren found himself at the center of the conversations.
The Orlando Magic was awarded the first overall pick at the NBA’s Draft Lottery. Many have begun speculating whether Holmgren might be the first name to hit the board.
There’s no denying that Chet Holmgren will have a lot of skeptics when it comes to his long-term potential.
The talented freshman is listed at 7 feet, 195 pounds, leaving concern that his slim frame will struggle to keep pace with the NBA’s physical style of play. While his weight may raise questions, Holmgren has been a dominant force throughout the 2021-22 NCAA season.
In a recent interview at the NBA Draft Combine, Holmgren said that he believes he will be the best player in the NBA when he enters the league.
On an episode of the “Quick Couple” podcast, analyst Chris Broussard commented on Holmgren’s comment. Broussard believes that there is no such thing as a young man who immediately becomes the best player in the tournament.
He emphasized that, although Holmgren is extremely talented, people cannot compare him with Larry Bird because Holmgren’s youth and body are not the same. Broussard stated:
“Because there’s no way, I don’t care how good you are, there’s no way in God’s green earth you’ll be the NBA’s best player in two months…yes and some people did say they like it .
“Ah, you know, Larry Bird said after three practice sessions. He knew he was going to dominate the NBA … and it’s a true story. Well, Larry Bird is also 23.
“This kid has an NBA body, I don’t know this kid. Is he 18, 19? … But he’s been out of high school for a year and doesn’t have an NBA body.”
Chet Holmgren continues to cause fever in the NBA Draft circle
As the days continue to go by until the 2022 NBA Draft, the buzz surrounding Chet Holmgren as the top pick will only grow louder.
Holmgren has quickly become one of the most polarizing prospects in recent draft history. While Holmgren had the frame and length of a large man blocking a shot, he also had the skills of a guard.
Holmgren has the talent to make a return shot from coast to coast, using a variety of handles and counters to attack defense while also bouncing from outside the NBA.
While many will continue to point out his weight, Holmgren is as likely as any potential customer in this class. He can become a dangerous weapon to the next level if everything comes together.
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