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Patrick Beverley Confirms With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander If Chet Holmgren Is The Real Deal: ‘Hell Yeah, I Like Him’

Patrick Beverley wanted to know if Chet Holmgren was actually helping the Oklahoma City Thunder succeed this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander answered him in the most no-nonsense way.

Patrick Beverley Instantly Knows Chet Holmgren Is The Real Deal

The Philadelphia 76er sees and acknowledges the rookie’s plays in the NBA on his podcast, The Pat Bev Pod. However, he wanted a first-hand witness to vouch for the 21-year-old.

The Thunder are facing a great start to this season, with their record at 11-6, which puts them fourth in the Western Conference. While this may be in huge thanks to Gilgeous-Alexander’s efforts, Holmgren is also adding value to the team, especially as a rookie.

However, Beverley thinks he’s sneakily dominant.

“He played well. It didn’t feel as dominant but it was dominant.”

Patrick Beverley

Undeniably, the 25-year-old point guard takes the spotlight during these plays. However, the rookie still gets good looks and deserves the recognition that the Sixer gives.

Even more, Holmgren showed the 35-year-old respect, which he appreciated.

“Because you so worried about Shai, you forget, you look up like, ‘Damn, Chet Got 25 what the f–k?’ He showed love after the game. Hell yeah, I like him. I like his game too.”

Patrick Beverley

Ultimately, he had to ask the 25-year-old Thunder guard if Holmgren was the real deal. Gilgeous-Alexander confirms Beverley’s thoughts on the 21-year-old.

“But I had to ask Shai about him. ‘He the real deal, Shai?’ He like, ‘Nah Pat, he is a N—a.’ Welcome to the militia my boy.”

Patrick Beverley

This cemented his respect and admiration for the Thunder’s new big man.

Holmgren Is Performing Out Of His Mind

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 28: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball while Chet Holmgren #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends in the first quarter during an NBA In-Season Tournament game at Target Center on November 28, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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In the rookie’s first season in the league, he’s averaged 17.9 points, eight rebounds and 2.7 assists. This is quite the entrance into the NBA and is assumedly only going to go up the older and wiser he gets.

There’s a reason why he’s neck and neck with Victor Wembanyama as Rookie of the Year contenders.

This season is looking good for the Thunder, as almost all their wins are landslides. Meanwhile, their losses are mostly close games, with only one match being one-sided.

This was their third game in the season, which was against the reigning NBA champions, the Denver Nuggets. They fell 128-95.