“I see u cookin 7, first day on the job was a success, love the kicks”

Kevin Durant gave a shoutout to Chet Holmgren after the 20-year-old put on a show on his NBA Summer League debut while wearing Durant’s latest sneaker.

Holmgren is being compared with Durant because of his lean frame and incredible shooting ability. He impacts the game much better defensively but isn’t the same offensive weapon Durant was in his Texas days. Nevertheless, Holmgren’s 7-foot-1 height and 40% shooting from beyond the arc has elicited comparisons with Dirk Nowitzki and the Slim Reaper.

After Holmgren dominated on his debut, ESPN’s Nick DePaula tweeted pictures of the former wearing the OKC Thunder no. 7 jersey and KD 15s. Kevin Durant tweeted:

“I see u cookin 7. First day on the job was a success, love the kicks @ChetHolmgren”

Holmgren dropped a game-high 23 points on 78% shooting, along with seven rebounds, four assists and six blocks. His performance got the entire nation discussing if he’s the best player in the draft class and if the Orlando Magic made a mistake passing up on him. Durant called Chet’s first day in the pros a success and said he loved the latter’s kicks – the Nike KD 15s.

With a minute and change left in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz, Chet Holmgren handled the ball near the right elbow. He felt contact while backing down his defender, turned around and faded away in a one-legged step-back like Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki. He called his defender “little as hell” after making the bucket.

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Chet Holmgren with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after getting selected as the second overall pick by the OKC Thunder during the 2022 NBA Draft