Shai Gilgeous-Alexander takes home Western Conference Player of the Week Honor after MVP caliber week

The OKC Thunder saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander play at an MVP caliber level this week, and he brought home the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week award.
Dec 29, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) reacts
Dec 29, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) reacts / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been impressive this season, capped by a red-hot December, and many around the NBA are raising their eyebrows at the Thunder. Could Oklahoma City be legit contenders as soon as this season?

With the second-best record in the Western Conference at 22-9, 13-5 at home, 9-4 on the road, and 8-2 in their last ten games currently riding a four-game winning streak.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the catalyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder, playing at an MVP level. So far this season, Gilgeous-Alexander averages 31 points, five assists, six assists, nearly a block, and a league-high 2.6 steals per tilt.

As the scoring and winning continue to increase, the efficiency remains at a high level; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is shooting 54 percent from the floor, 31 percent from three-point land, and 91 percent at the charity stripe.

This past week, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has dominated as the OKC Thunder turned in a 4-0 record that included multiple wins over contenders including a thrilling win in Denver for the second time this season.

Throughout this week, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted 33.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder to a +18.5 NET rating this week as well.

The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar guard was able to edge out Luka Doncic, Anthony Davis, De'Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, and Scoot Henderson in the Western Conference for the Player of the Week honor.

This week, the OKC Thunder superstar will try to defend his title with a tough slate. It opens up on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, who sits alone at the top of the NBA with a 26-6 record.

The Thunder will travel to Atlanta following this game for a Wednesday matchup with the Hawks before ending the week on Friday in Brooklyn against the Nets.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been a perennial Player of the Week nominee but now takes home the honor for the NBA's Western Conference.

Gilgeous-Alexander is well on his way to his second All-Star appearance and second All-NBA honor, and after finishing fifth in MVP voting a year ago, he should rank even higher this season.

This is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's first Player of the Week honor this season and fourth of his career. His last honor came in February of 2023.

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