The Oklahoma City Thunder turned in 40 wins this season, more than anyone projected around the NBA landscape. The OKC Thunder battled through adversity, losing Chet Holmgren for the season, Kenrich Williams halfway through, and having injuries derail Aleksej Pokusevski and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s season. The Thunder even saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sidelined with COVID and an Abdominal Strain.
The reason for the OKC Thunder’s leap is mainly attributed to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s All-NBA leap, likely to land the first-time All-Star on the first team. The superstar willed the Thunder to a game away from a first-round series with the Denver Nuggets, thanks to his brilliant second half against the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA Play-In to put an exclamation point on this incredible season.
OKC Thunder superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to impress and trust the process for the organization.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31 points, four rebounds, five assists, almost two steals, and a block per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor, 34 percent from deep, and 90 percent at the charity stripe.
SGA posted 64 percent at the rim, 46 percent in the mid-range, and 37 percent on non-corner triples. At the rim for his position, Gilgeous-Alexander ranks in the 70th percentile at the ring.
According to Synergy, the first-time All-Star did not just take a leap on the offensive end this season but also on the defensive end, grading out as an “excellent” defender. Gilgeous-Alexander holds his opposition to 0.875 points per possession.
In pick-and-roll settings, a commonly run offense come playoff time, and in general, in the association, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is in the 91st percentile, allowing just 0.730 points per possession.
The face of the Thunder organization started his praise of the franchise by saying, “The most impressive part is [The Front Office] really put the ball in our court. They stressed to us there are certain things you do to get to where we want to get to. But it’s up to us.” he continued by saying it’s about how hard they work, “Controlling our own narrative.”
He even continued praising the franchise’s direction when discussing Mark Daigneault and heaping praise on the bench boss, “I knew what type of coach he was his first year here. He has a core belief system, and I 100% agree with it…him instilling those things in us when we were a 22-win team til now has made it easier for us to grow.”
This adds to the laundry list of favorable quotes about the Oklahoma City Thunder to equip fans with comebacks for when fanbases enviably get bored this offseason and throw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander into the trade machine.