Chet Holmgren Wins Western Conference Rookie of the Month Over Victor Wembanyama: Team Performance Impacting Individual Recognition

Chet Holmgren (Oklhahoma City Thunder) was voted Western Conference rookie of the month to the detriment of Victor Wembanyama. The No. 1 of the last draft, who nevertheless presents better individual statistics, is weighed down by the results of his team.

A new defeat for Victor Wembanyama. This time on an individual level. Embarked on a terrible series with the San Antonio Spurs, beaten in their last 14 games, the French prodigy won the rookie (beginner) of the month trophy.

Chet Holmgren (Oklhahoma City Thunder) was voted player of the month (October and November, the season having started at the end of October, Editor’s note) of the Western Conference. Drafted second in the 2022 draft, the American interior (21 years old, 2.16m) did not play last season due to a serious foot injury.

Wembanyama weighed down by his collective record

With 17.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, Homlgren displays extremely solid statistics but a notch below those of Victor Wembanyama (19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks). Even if it is an individual reward, it is the collective record which betrays the tricolor interior. Dead last in the Western Conference with three wins for 16 losses, the Spurs do not compare with the Thunder, second in the West (13 wins, six losses).

Even if the two teams are absolutely not comparable, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (29.9 points per game) currently in the race for regular season MVP on the Thunder side, Holmgren is still the third best scorer and the best rebounder on his team. Opposite, “Wemby” is struggling to survive in the middle of a team in the middle of an experimental phase.

The rivalry between Holmgren and Wembanyama, which first began during the 2021 U19 World Cup final, is only just beginning. For their first duel of the season, on November 15, the two future stars of the league had a difficult evening (8 points for Wembanyama, 5 points for Holmgren), but victory went to the Thunder. Like a symbol.

Felix Gabory Journalist RMC Sport

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2023-12-05 10:57:48
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