Chet Holmgren's Return for Thunder a Little Rusty to Start but Positive Overall

Chet Holmgren made his long-awaited return to the court on Monday, and while he showed some signs of rust

he also flashed plenty of the potential that made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Holmgren, who missed his entire rookie season after suffering a foot injury in August, finished with 15 points, nine rebounds

and four blocks in the Thunder's 95-85 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Summer League action.

The 7-foot-1 big man shot just 6-of-14 from the field, but he made some impressive plays on both ends of the court. He blocked four shots,

including a highlight-reel rejection of Justin Robinson late in the game. He also showed off his passing skills, dishing out two assists.

Holmgren admitted that he was a little rusty in his first game back, but he was pleased with the overall results.

"I felt good," Holmgren said. "I was a little rusty at first, but I got into a rhythm as the game went on. I'm happy with the way I played."

Thunder coach Mark Daigneault was also pleased with Holmgren's performance.

"He was good," Daigneault said. "He was a little rusty, but he's a special player. He showed some of his flashes tonight."

Holmgren's return is a major boost for the Thunder, who are looking to build around their young core of players.

Holmgren gives the Thunder a versatile defender who can protect the rim and switch onto guards on the perimeter.

He's also a capable shooter from the outside, which will open up the floor for the Thunder's other scorers.

Holmgren could be one of the most exciting players to watch in the NBA next year. Google itthumb_upthumb_downupload more_vert