NBA Rookie Chet Holmgren Stays Humble Despite Successful Start to Career

‣ Chet Holmgren, despite being a professional player for less than three months, is leading the Rookie of the Year race and has shown potential to dominate the NBA in the future.
‣ Holmgren is currently ranking 2nd among rookies in scoring and blocks, and 3rd in rebounds per contest. He has started every game for his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, which is second in the Western Conference.
‣ Despite his impressive performance, Holmgren remains humble and believes he still has a lot to learn. Similarly, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal believes Holmgren needs to show consistency over many years before earning true admiration.


Chet Holmgren’s professional basketball career is just three months old. But already, he’s leading the Rookie of the Year race and showing signs of a future NBA dominator. Despite being a newbie, he’s already a starter for Oklahoma. But don’t think for a second he’s resting on his laurels. He’s adamant he’s still got a lot to prove.

Holmgren, a former No.2 draft pick, has been putting up impressive numbers. Over 32 games, he’s averaged 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.7 blocks, and 1.7 three-pointers per game. He’s also proven to be a sharp shooter, with a 54.3% success rate from the floor, 40.7% from beyond the arc, and 83.2% from the free throw line.

The Thunder’s big man is currently ranking 2nd among rookies in scoring and blocks, and 3rd in rebounds per game. And that’s not all. He’s started every single game for his team so far, helping OKC secure the second spot in the Western Conference.

Despite the praise, Holmgren remains grounded. “I haven’t proven s**t. I’ve played 30 games,” he said after a recent practice. “I’ve still got a long way to go on that one.”

Shaquille O’Neal, in a recent appearance on “The Big Podcast”, echoed Holmgren’s sentiments. He dismissed the notion that labels the youngster as a “phenomenal” athlete. The Hall of Famer believes players should put in the work before earning true admiration. “Y’all throwin’ around words that we had to work hard for,” he said. “Phenomenal’s not the right word…He’s good, but don’t be going ‘promising’ and ‘great’ and ‘future Hall of Famer.’”

Shaq’s not done yet. “Startin’ today, I’m puttin’ an end to all that s**t. I am, startin’ today. Y’all can’t just be giving these people things who ain’t put in no work,” he added. The Lakers icon then explained that true worth should be earned through consistency over many years in the top league, not after a brief stretch of matches.

After a dominant performance against the Celtics, rival Kristaps Porzingis was left impressed by Holmgren. Following Oklahoma’s victory over Boston, the 21-year-old received admiration from many opponents for his 14 points, 4 blocks, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Porzingis is now convinced that Holmgren is the real deal. “I love his mindset,” he started out. “Just by the way he plays I can tell he’s a hard worker and he’s playing really hard.” The Latvian star even admitted feeling surprised after the contest. “He’s already effective playing with a really good team,” he concluded postgame.

Porzingis knows what he’s talking about. It’s definitely uncommon to see rookies leading teams to the top. But that’s exactly what Holmgren’s doing, as the Thunder currently hold an impressive 23-9 record.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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