Strange autumn-winter break obliges, TrashTalk is looking this year at… 74 individual profiles. Why 74? Oh, nothing to do with Haute-Savoie eh, despite the adoration of some for Sainte-Raclette, but rather because these analyzes will take us quietly towards 2021. Because yes, we can confirm it to you, this sordid year 2020 will soon affect its end, it was about time. However, despite the mess last season, we know a kid who particularly distinguished himself in the Oklahoma City jersey. You guessed it, it’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s turn.
Involved in the big trade sending Paul George to the Clippers in the summer of 2019, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took advantage of his arrival at the Thunder to confirm his beautiful rookie campaign. Better, the Canadian exceeded expectations by helping Oklahoma City reach the Playoffs while almost everyone saw OKC in the slums of the West.
Without a doubt, the Thunder was one of the great stories of the 2019-20 season. And who better than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to symbolize it? With Paul George and Russell Westbrook gone, the Oklahoma City franchise seemed to have taken the road to rebuilding but to everyone’s surprise, she managed to integrate the Top 5 of the West and the perfs of SGA are one of the big reasons for this success. We knew that the kid had talent to spare and already a great maturity after a promising first season at the Clippers. On the other hand, we did not necessarily expect such rapid individual progress from the prospect trained in Kentucky, who seems promised to participate in the All-Star Game in the years to come. With a Chris Paul in Daron mode next to him, Shai has grown up at top speed. At the same time, when you have one of the best leaders in history as a personal teacher, it helps. The Thunder’s leading scorer during the regular season averaging 19 points at 47% shooting (and 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 bonus interceptions), Gilgeous-Alexander trained with CP3 and Dennis Schroder a thunderous trio on the backcourt that did a lot of damage throughout the season, especially in the money time. SGA even made a special dedication to Oklahoma City hero Russell Westbrook, releasing a historic triple-double one January night. 20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, thank you goodbye. So even though he didn’t make the All-Star Game in Chicago last February, the NBA found a way to invite him by selecting him for the Skills Challenge, because he still deserved a taste of All-Star Weekend. . In short, a great season, even if Shai struggled a little more in the Orlando bubble, with the Playoffs where he had highs but also big lows.
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This 2019-20 campaign will however remain a parenthesis, beautiful certainly, but a parenthesis all the same. Because general manager Sam Presti has definitely pressed the reconstruction button despite the good results last year. Chris Paul out, Danilo Gallinari out, Dennis Schroder out, Steven Adams out, not to mention a change of coach with the arrival of young Mark Daigneault in place of Billy Donovan. Basically, among the big players in the 2019-20 Thunder version, only SGA remains. What does this mean for Shai? This means that he is now becoming the face of the franchise, a franchise that will collect Draft picks in the years to come. to build a big project in which Gilgeous-Alexander should have a big role to play. So we can’t wait to see what SGA can offer us with more responsibilities, even if it will play in a much less competitive team. And if he will no longer have his CP3 mentor by his side to guide him, we can count on him to apply all the little ones
sneaking shots advice from Point God, always keeping that swag that characterizes him so much. ” You can’t spell swag without S-G-A.«
Ain’t no comparison.
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- Hype gauge upon arrival in the League: 50%
- Current Hype Gauge: 75%
- Hall of Fame entry gauge: 5%
- Who he would like to be: Russell Westbrook 2.0, aka the new face of the Thunder
- The One He Hopes Not To Become: Andrew Wiggins
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the nuggets of the current NBA. At 22 and after a great sophomore season, the Canadian will want to continue climbing the ranks, even if he will now play in a team that should not taste the Playoffs for a few years.