TRENDING: Thunder’s Super Star Breaks Massive Record That Was Previously Held By Kevin Durant Record

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard in his sixth NBA season, is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. He has guided the Thunder to first position in the Western Conference and is a contender for the regular season MVP award.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander intentionally fouled just to break a record

He is second in the league in scoring (31.1 points per game) and top in steals (2.1 per game). Despite his diminutive build, he ranks fourth in free-throw attempts per game.

Even though Oklahoma City lost 121-111 against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Gilgeous-Alexander scored exactly 30 points, establishing a new team record for the most 30-point games in a single season. It was his 48th performance of the season, shattering Kevin Durant’s Thunder record.

The Thunder have a 45-20 record and 17 games remaining in the regular season, giving Gilgeous-Alexander more time to improve that record and possibly put it out of reach for anybody else for decades.

Not only is he an excellent player, but he is also quite efficient. He shoots 54.4 percent from the field and 88.1 percent from the free throw line, and his true shooting percentage is an impressive 64.5 percent. Even better, despite nearly usually playing point guard for Oklahoma City, he seldom hands the ball over, averaging only 2.2 turnovers per game.

The 6-foot-6 25-year-old also averages 6.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game, and he has developed into a good defender, with 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocked shots a game.

While some doubt the Thunder will go far in the playoffs, considering their youth and inexperience, there is no doubt they have a bright future regardless of how they perform this spring.

The Thunder’s 2019 trade with the Clippers, which netted Gilgeous-Alexander in exchange for Paul George, a six-time All-Star at the time, appears to be weighted in their favor.

 

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