NBA Rookie of the Year Race Led by Chet Holmgren.

NBA Rookie of the Year Race Led by Chet Holmgren.
NBA Rookie of the Year Race Led by Chet Holmgren.

Chet Holmgren, the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has had an incredible rookie season.

The youngster has averaged 17.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 55.7% shooting from the field and 43.4% from three-point range through 15 games.

Oklahoma City’s offense and defense have benefited greatly from him, which is in big part why the team has been so successful this season.

As a result of this and his 36-point showing against the Golden State Warriors the previous week, Holmgren moved up to the top spot on the NBA’s rookie ladder, surpassing Victor Wembanyama.

Wembanyama has been just as impressive as Holmgren early into their NBA careers, averaging 18.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

However, the forward has struggled to shoot the ball efficiently, while Holmgren has been shooting an elite percentage.

Of course, Wembanyama’s situation is far different than Holmgren’s as the San Antonio Spurs are in the beginning stages of a rebuild and hardly have high-level talent around the rookie.

Meanwhile, the Thunder have a superstar in the form of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, with a good supporting cast featuring the likes of Jalen Williams and Luguentz Dort.

On the flip side, Holmgren being able to have as large of an impact on a playoff competing team could be considered just as impressive as Wembanyama leading the Spurs. Without having him at the center position, Oklahoma City would not be in second place in the Western Conference.

He’s one of the biggest reason why its shaping itself in being a contender in the West, which isn’t something many rookies can do so early in their careers.

As of right now, Holmgren has the most compelling case to be the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, and will likely continue to compete back and forth with Wembanyama for the award the rest of the season.

In the immediate future, the two rookie giants will be dominant players in the NBA, regardless of the direction the votes ultimately go.

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