Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander enters history books following return vs Kings

Apr 9, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2)
Apr 9, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is having one of the truly great seasons this league has ever seen.

From his Michael Jordan-esque counting stats to his tremendous efficiency rates, through 70 games played the 25-year-old has unequivocally advanced his status from promising stud to flat-out superstar.

Now, following Tuesday night's win over the Sacramento Kings, the sixth-year pro has officially entered the record books alongside Dallas Mavericks centerpiece Luka Doncic as being just the third pair of players to each record 50 or more games of 30+ points in the same season.

Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander makes history with Luka Doncic

Only three other players have managed to achieve such a feat, with Walt Bellamy and Wilt Chamberlain doing so in 1961-62 and then Chamberlain doing so again along with Elgin Baylor the following season in 1962-63.

What makes this history-making performance all the more special is that it came in his first game back from a quad injury that had him sidelined for four straight games and in six of the last seven outings for the Thunder.

On top of this NBA history setting statistic, the stud guard also hold Oklahoma City's franchise record for most games recorded with 30 or more points in a single season, a mark previously held by Kevin Durant.

In 38 minutes played, SGA went on to drop an illustrious 40 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from distance. Of course, as he has proven all throughout the season, the guard is far from just a scoring threat, as he also went on to fill out the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

On the season as a whole, the Thunder star is posting 30.4 points, 6.3 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and just shy of a block on 53.9 percent shooting from the floor and 36.9 percent shooting from deep.