Chet Holmgren is considered one of the best prospects in the Class of 2022. He is a truly unique player, one with the potential to become a two-way force for the team that selects him at Thursday’s NBA Draft.
However, there is one major concern that the Gonzaga star has been unable to shake. As The Sporting News’ Kyle Irving noted on his final big board, Holmgren’s future success will come down to whether his body type will hold up at the next level.
Once he makes his NBA debut, Holmgren will join the Thunder’s Aleksej Pokusevski as the only players in the league who stand 7-0 or taller and weigh under 200 pounds. Pokusevski is officially listed at 7-0, 190 pounds on Oklahoma City’s roster, and he has struggled to earn consistent playing time.
Of course, Holmgren possesses much more overall talent and has a significantly higher ceiling than Pokusevski. Holmgren’s frame should fill out as he gets older, but it is fair to wonder how he will handle the physicality of NBA big men on a nightly basis.
Chet Holmgren measurements: Height, weight, wingspan
Holmgren didn’t participate in the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, but he is listed at 7-0, 195 pounds on his Gonzaga bio page. He has a gigantic 7-6 wingspan, per BasketballNews. If that measurement is accurate, it would have landed him second on the NBA Draft Combine wingspan list behind only Duke’s Mark Williams.
Chet Holmgren scouting report
Irving offered this evaluation of Holmgren:
- Strengths: impeccable timing as a shot-blocker, savvy rim protector, mismatch problem for opposing bigs because of his ability to create shots from the perimeter
- Weaknesses: size and frame, must improve ball-handling and shot off the dribble, will be hunted by teams with elite guards
NBA mock draft: Which teams could select Chet Holmgren?
Despite the concerns about his body, it would be shocking if Holmgren drops out of the top three (Magic, Thunder, Rockets). He is firmly in the same tier as Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. and Duke’s Paolo Banchero.
In his latest mock draft, Irving projected that the Thunder would select Holmgren with the No. 2 overall pick.
“The Thunder already have their backcourt of the future in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey, and with this pick, they’ll get some much-needed length and rim protection in Holmgren,” Irving wrote in his breakdown. “Holmgren fits Oklahoma City’s tendency to target players with size and length, and next to Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey, he’ll be able to ease into an offensive role as a post threat and secondary scorer.
“Holmgren will also help stretch the floor for the Thunder, but most importantly, it’s his defense that will be an asset to this rebuilding OKC roster.”