This past Tuesday, ESPN updated their 25 NBA players under the age of 25, and the Chet Holmgren disrespect was at an all-time high.
The OKC Thunder currently sit 7-4, the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, and Chet Holmgren has played a massive part in it. Through his first 11 NBA games, Holmgren has averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and over three STOCKS (steals plus blocks) per game.
All while shooting 52 percent from the floor, 46 percent from beyond the arc, and 90 percent at the charity stripe while shooting over three freebies a game. Holmgren has been otherworldly, impacting the Thunder at such a high clip.
ESPN disrespects Chet Holmgren in the latest ranking of players under 25.
ESPN had a few head-scratching decisions during this ranking of the top 25 players under the age of 25, though none more than Chet Holmgren being placed at 13!
This places the OKC Thunder big man behind the likes of Evan Mobley, Tyrese Maxey, Jaren Jackson Jr., LaMelo Ball, Darius Garland, Zion Williamson, Cade Cunningham, Ja Morant, Tyrese Haliburton, Victor Wembanyama, Anthony Edwards, and Luka Doncic.
While some names are deserved to rank ahead of the Gonzaga product, LaMelo Ball? Cade Cunningham? Those are two stand-out misfits this high in the rankings compared to what Holmgren has already been able to accomplish this season.
Chet Holmgren’s perceived injury risk doesn’t hold up against two players who have routinely been sidelined with injuries and are not as productive as Holmgren when they are on the court despite being top options for their flailing franchises.
Even Tyrese Maxey, who is fresh off a 50-ball performance this week, should not be ahead of Holmgren. Though, you could argue that he plays a premium position as an on-ball scorer. When Zion Williams is healthy, there are only a few better, but those stints are few and far between.
The two genuinely egregious ones ahead of Chet Holmgren are Cunningham and Ball. It will be interesting to see how these rankings take shape the next time around. Something tells me Holmgren will skyrocket up that list.