Grading the OKC Thunder 2023 FIBA World Cup run

Josh Giddey #3 of Australia (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
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Melvin Ejim #3 (L) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of Canada (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was one of the best players at the 2023 FIBA World Cup tournament.

Last season, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander placed himself within the NBA elites. He earned a seat at the table with his dominant play, averaging 31 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor, 34 percent from beyond the arc, and 90 percent at the charity stripe.

Those numbers were good enough to earn Shai Gilgeous-Alexander All-NBA honors to go along with his first All-Star nod and fifth-place finish in MVP voting. He then joined Team Canada for this FIBA World Cup run and silenced any doubters.

For Team Canada as their undisputed best player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led his home country to their first medal, earning Bronze over Team USA on Sunday. Along with dispatching the USA squad, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out-dueled other NBA stars like Luka Doncic to earn him even more notoriety.

The OKC Thunder superstar wrapped up his FIBA World Cup run by averaging 24 points, six assists, six rebounds, and two STOCKS per game. He did so while remaining in an efficient offensive role, shooting 54 percent from the floor, 30 percent from deep, and 88 percent at the charity stripe.

Grade: A+. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was simply the best player in the World this Summer.