Chet Holmgren is better than Wembhanyama? ESPN sided with Holmgren

Who will be the best rookie in the upcoming 2023-2024 season? First of all, ESPN sided with Chet Holmgren, not Victor Wembanyama.

ESPN predicted the winners of various individual awards for the 2023-2024 season through a survey of internal panels in late August.메이저놀이터

While a survey was conducted for a total of six categories, including MVP, Defender of the Year, Coach Award, and Sixth Man Award, an unexpected(?) result emerged in the prediction of the Rookie of the Year Award winner. Victor Wembanyama, who was evaluated as an all-time great prospect, was pushed down to second place in the predictions for the Rookie of the Year Award.

The player who pushed Wembanyama out was Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Holmgren earned 80 points, including 34.6% of the first-place votes, narrowly beating Victor Wembanyama (77 points) to take first place. Portland’s Scoot Henderson (53 points) and Houston’s Amen Thompson (15 points) followed.

ESPN 2023-2024 Rookie of the Year Predictions

  1. Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City): 80 points
  2. Victor Wembanyama (San Antonio): 77 points
  3. Scoot Henderson (Portland): 53 points
  4. Amen Thompson (Houston): 15 points
  5. Brandon Miller (Charlotte): 5 points
  6. Asuar Thompson (Detroit): 4 points

It is not really surprising that Wembanyama fell to second place in Rookie of the Year predictions.

Until June, Wembanyama was evaluated as a prospect comparable to LeBron James in 2003. However, after showing somewhat disappointing performance in the summer league held in Las Vegas in July, the expectations of experts and fans also fell noticeably. In particular, in his summer league debut match against Portland, Wembanyama struggled, showing a very inefficient attack, and after this game, some evaluated Wembanyama as a ‘project-type prospect’. NBA legend Tracy McGrady also expressed reservations, saying, “He is still too young and we have to wait and see what happens in the future.”

On the other hand, Chet Holmgren showed further growth in the second summer league of his career, lowering expectations.

Holmgren was selected as the second overall pick in the 2022 rookie draft, following Paolo Bankero (Orlando Magic). Preparations for the season seemed to be going smoothly as he showed good performance in the summer league, but he suffered a foot injury in the Drew League he participated in and was put out for the season early.

Holmgren, who has been focusing on recovery and rehabilitation for over a year, is sharpening his skills ahead of the 2023-2024 season, which will be his rookie season. Coincidentally, his team, Oklahoma City, is on the verge of exploding the potential it has built up with many prospects such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Gidey, and Jaylen Williams.

Holmgren and Wembanyama have many similarities in that they are thin physiques and have excellent defensive skills. They are promising players who are expected to grow into modern big men as they have ball handling skills and shot creation abilities that do not match their height.

However, Holmgren is evaluated to have a higher level of perfection in the play he showed this summer. Holmgren, who has already shown himself as a trendy big man through hand-off games and direct dribble penetration attacks at the top since last year’s summer league, was evaluated as having more stable play in this area through this summer league.

Which rookie will have the strongest impact in the NBA in the 2023-2024 season? The debut season of rookies, including Wembanya Ma and Holmgren, is already receiving a lot of attention.

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