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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday that the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Chet Holmgren, will miss the entire 2022-2023 season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his right foot.
“Certainly, we are disappointed for Chet, especially given the excitement he had about getting on the floor with his teammates this season,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.
“We know Chet has a long career ahead of him within our organization and the Oklahoma City community. One of the things that most impressed us during the process of selecting Chet was his determination and focus. We expect that same tenacity will carry him through this period of time as we work together and support him during his rehabilitation.”
A Lisfranc injury is an injury to the bones or ligaments in the middle part of the foot, according to the Cedars Sinai website.
The 7-foot Holmgren, who Oklahoma City drafted out of Gonzaga, is expected to be a major part of OKC’s rebuilding efforts alongside point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and forward Josh Giddey.
Holmgren played just one year at Gonzaga, where he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game in the Bulldogs’ run to the Sweet 16.
He had an impressive debut in the NBA’s Summer League, averaging 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 blocks in five games.