Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren will miss the 2022-23 season with a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, the team announced Thursday.
Holmgren, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, suffered the injury Saturday while defending LeBron James on a fast break during a pro-am game in Seattle.
“Certainly, we’re disappointed for Chet, especially because of the excitement he has 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 impressed us most during the selection process for Chet was his determination and focus . We hope that same resilience will carry him through this period of time as we work together and support him during his rehabilitation.”
Holmgren was one of several NBA players to participate in the CrawsOver Pro-Am event, along with James, Jayson Tatum, No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, Dejounte Murray and Aaron Gordon.
The game was canceled in the second quarter due to court conditions. An unusually humid day in Seattle accompanied by large crowds caused repeated wet spots and condensation.
The 7-foot-1, 195-pound Holmgren averaged 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in five games for the Thunder last year in the Las Vegas Summer League.