Sam Presti not worried about Chet Holmgren’s development

As every Oklahoma City Thunder fan knows, Chet Holmgren suffered a Lisfranc injury this offseason that will sideline him for his entire rookie campaign.

Sam Presti, who has a good base on the injury and on Holmgren’s position, sees no setbacks for Holmgren’s long-term development.

This is important because Holmgren’s expectations are incredibly high and injury is a factor that could hamper Holmgren’s ability to become a franchisee. But how does this affect reconstruction?

It’s easy to look at Holmgren’s injury and assume this season will turn into another tanking season, with the main guys out of the lineup towards the end of the season.

Of course, if more unfortunate injuries ensue, the season could always end up in another losing season.

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For now, the assumption is that the Thunder will have an otherwise healthy season. So if Holmgren will fully recover and be ready to play next season, the Thunder should spend next season competing as best they can all 82 games, which includes playing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey as much as possible. . The duo could improve their chemistry by playing together, so when Holmgren makes his Thunder debut, he’ll fit right into the rotation.

“As far as Chet is concerned, what we lose more than anything is being able to see him tactically and how he interacts with the rest of the guys. We’re not going to get that exposure. declared Presti in his pre-season availability.

As long as the rest of the team grows as a group, not seeing Holmgren alongside the rest of the team isn’t that bad. As Presti mentioned to the presser, this Thunder team will be the second-youngest team ever behind last year’s team. The thing is, if they do their best to compete, they’ll enter next season, with Holmgren a better team than this year to put him in position to succeed early.


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Sara H. Byrd