3 biggest takeaways from the first month of OKC Thunder basketball

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Is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander the best guard in the NBA?

Maybe we should all ask that question now. All the evidence is there. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is undeniably unstoppable. 

Gilgeous-Alexander saw a wide range of defenders on his path this month. From the likes of Herb Jones, Kevin Durant, and Victor Wembanyama to Andrew Winggins, Lebron James, and Anthony, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has managed to score against all of them in one way or another. 

Gilgeous-Alexander is once again averaging 31 points per game, six rebounds, and six assists with a league-leading 2.3 steals per outing. He is clearly the go-to guy of the squad, which has already equipped itself with necessary secondary firepower that should relieve pressure from Gilgeous-Alexander on the offensive side of the ball. 

His numbers continue to elevate as the season progresses. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has also adjusted well alongside Chet Holmgren, as their duo has seemed to be one of the best up-and-coming duos in the league. 

The max contract point guard's MVP case has never looked more sturdier. It’s clear now that his 2022-2023 season was far from a fluke. This year, Shai seemed to be poised to break ceilings once more. 

Now, is he really the best guard in the NBA, or perhaps the entire world? It is a question that needs no answer. Just watch the OKC Thunder play.