While the Oklahoma City Thunder remain to be one of the most underwhelming teams in the West, the emergence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been impressive, to say the least.
SGA got traded to the Texas-based franchise in only his sophomore year and instantly showed sparks of being an All-Star in the league. Further, the dynamic guard is one of the very few players who has managed to consistently improve his stats, year after year.
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Apart from witnessing considerable improvements on the offensive end, the former Kentucky Wildcat has been making strides on the defensive end as well.
NBA Twitter reacts as the OKC guard records the same number of blocks as 7ft 1’ Rudy Gobert
The Canadian hooper has been averaging 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, a career-high in both.
Further, the fact that the combo-guard has the same amount (34) of blocks as Rudy Gobert, is even more impressive.
Rudy Gobert (29 games played) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31 games played) both have 34 total blocks this season 🤔 pic.twitter.com/gATMNUwDuG
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) December 28, 2022
As soon as the stat went viral on social media, NBA Twitter blew up with reactions.
Damn minnesota threw away their future in the blink of a a eye for Clint Capela with clout pic.twitter.com/7r938yLYir
— ًً (@keesxn) December 28, 2022
@shaiglalex is a man amongst boys @okcthunder https://t.co/lKJQ2lnHYH
— StickWithItPodcast (@SWIPOD) December 28, 2022
2 way Shai! Errybody talking bout the O but the step he’s really made is on defense! https://t.co/WHGMHoEPce
— #DarkModeSZN (@_OutkastShit) December 28, 2022
— Helios. (@Nii_The2nd) December 28, 2022
Does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander deserve an All-Star selection this year
There is thinking about it. Shai has been absolutely phenomenal this season. In Year 5, the man has been averaging a staggering 31.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Guards with 30 PPG, 1 SPG and 1 BPG in a season since 1990:
— Michael Jordan
— Dwyane Wade
— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (this season) pic.twitter.com/r9XEKnhV7D
— StatMuse (@statmuse) December 26, 2022
The 6-foot-6 guard has also managed to lead the OKC to sit merely 3 games behind the #7 Kings.
Without a doubt, Shai should be selected to play the prestigious ASG in Utah.
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