Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wins Western player of the week for 2nd time in 2022-23

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed watching Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s ascension to Superstardom. For the second time this season, the first-time All-Star has been tabbed the Western Conference Player of the Week.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out-dueled the Suns’ DeAndre Ayton, the Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, and Memphis star and All-Star starter replacement Ja Morant.

The Oklahoma City Thunder see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tabbed as NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for week 17.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31 points, six assists, and a rebound per game. On defense, Gilgeous-Alexander also averaged a steal per tilt. This week, SGA shot 57 percent from the floor, helped by a historic shooting night where he turned in 44 points on 16 shot attempts against Portland on Friday.

Over the course of the week, the Thunder went 2-1, with two massive wins on the road against the Lakers to spoil LeBron James’ historic night and a win in Portland to earn the tiebreaker over the Trailblazers.

This week, the OKC Thunder will play their last two games before the All-Star Break on Monday night against the shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans and Wednesday night against the lowly Houston Rockets, who have surprisingly had the Thunder’s roster in the recent series history.

This is the second time Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has earned the NBA Western Conference Player of the week award this season. SGA has been nominated nearly every week of the NBA season for the award.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Sunday will play in his first NBA All-Star game in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Thunderous Intentions will have boots on the ground covering it all. Stay tuned for coverage throughout the week, All-Star break, and season.

dark. Next. A look at the OKC Thunder post trade deadline rotation