Thunder: Chet Holmgren wins inaugural Rookie of the Month against Victor Wembanyama.

Chet Holmgren defeated Victor Wembanyama in the start of a career-long struggle for honors. NBA Communications named the Oklahoma City Thunder center Western Conference Rookie of the Month.





San Antonio Spurs sensation has impressed fans with his brilliance, but Holmgren deserves this prize. In 30 minutes, he averages 17.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and nearly one steal. His shooting (53.1 percent from field and 39.4 from 3-point land) distinguishes him from Wembanyama.





Many would argue that the offensive efficiency gap is deceiving because Wembanyama is already becoming the Spurs' No. 1 option and Holmgren benefits from playing with superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.





OKC is the better team overall with a 13-6 record, whereas San Antonio is 3-16 (lost 14 consecutive).





These two thin big men will spark arguments all season until the Rookie of the Year is named. However, the former Gonzaga star gets his due for now.





These two scrawny big guys will argue all season until the Rookie of the Year is chosen. For now, the former Gonzaga star gets his due.





Miami Heat forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. was awarded the East's top rookie, integrating into the team's culture (12.0 points per game on 52.5 percent shooting).






The Thunder play the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, and Chet Holmgren will continue his December push.

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