Gonzaga’s 2.13 is for the top two picks: “My game is varied and I’ve been working on a few things: I can’t wait to show them all.”
Easy. Chet Holmgren, a candidate for one of the top two picks in the upcoming draft, appears confident, secure, and even straightforward during the media meetup via Zoom. The way he makes everything look on the field, gigantic for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their only season in college at the 85-inch credited to his stature. Yet the long thin white imagining 3 by 4 and 5 as rollers upstairs has a unicorn game. So skinny and so tall, with those skinny, very long legs. A unique game, unique in its physical characteristics, difficult to compare. While? Porzingis? Insiders ask each other without finding a common answer. It’s easy to read in the answer. He begins by reciting the politically correct script: “I’m not trying to be anyone else. Just me. But it soon becomes clear which side he is on. Ignore the comparisons to the Latvian being too low these days and rather gloss over “But yeah, I’m watching him, KD…”. Easy to interpret, isn’t it?
He is 20 years old. Perhaps he should be allowed a little childishness. Here, if he doesn’t reveal the teams he’s auditioned for so far and we’re down to 72 hours from the draft, he’s not looking good. The Mystery of the Ladybug. However, everyone knows that if the world doesn’t collapse, he’ll be picked by the Orlando Magic with the absolute first pick or by Oklahoma City with the second call. And it’s the media that mostly asks him for details about these two franchises. “Orlando? Yes, I speak to Jalen Suggs (goaltender who left Gonzaga, chosen by Magic with fifth editors’ draft pick 2021), he gave me a lot of advice about the NBA world as well as the team…”. It looks even looser on the Thunder. The impression is that he expects to precede Jabari Smith on the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night and shake hands with Commissioner Silver… “I can be a good candidate anywhere. But Giddey is a director with a good vision: “It would make my life easier. Shai (Gigeous-Alexander) doesn’t need anyone. But I can blast the field with my shot. Presti, the General Manager, has won in the past and has a clear vision for the future. Finally: “Orlando or KC?” It doesn’t depend on me, wherever I go, it will be fine, I’ll tie my shoes to go to work…”. Easy.
Like the white t-shirt he wears that makes him look skinny. He doesn’t bother to set the tone for the occasion. His game is responsible, 14 points, 10 rebounds, 39% on 3 points for the Zags. Who cares about the look, this sui generis body type where you pay attention to immediate effect and durability: “My game is varied. I work every day in the weight room, on my diet, and I want my stroke to be pure and consistent.” I focus on moving my feet in my half-court, moving laterally and defending on the edge. My defensive instincts? I’ve been playing morning/evening basketball since I was 9 years old… The NBA game suits me I think. my characteristics, run, run and shoot…”.
It was also easy for him to choose between studying and starting a career. “The G League? Every prospect has to evaluate the best way for him. For me it was the perfect way, for Coach Few, to play for the Zags. I’m excited, it’s a blessing to be in this situation now. My role of loan. / absent from the NBA? I’ve been working on some things, I can’t wait to show everyone.” And he says it with the tone of someone who just makes it…