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“He’s a top 5 guard in the league right now” – Shai Gilgeous Alexander’s All-NBA start to the season

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is putting together an All-NBA season, and the NBA world is taking notice
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the genuine feel-good stories of the NBA season thus far, and it's been largely due to the extraordinary play of guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Individual honors incoming

Most commonly referred to as "SGA," the 24-year-old has put the world on notice with his scintillating performances for a competitive Thunder outfit.

The season may be young, but Gilgeous-Alexander is already making his case for both All-Star and All-NBA selections.

A potential All-NBA selection may be particularly important for his personal pockets after inking a 5-year $172 million extension that could reach as much as $207 million if he earns All-NBA honors at the end of the season.

Gilgeous-Alexander receiving peer recognition

The Canadian native may play for a small market team, but it hasn't stopped his peers from taking notice, with the latest being Washington Wizards' Kyle Kuzma.

"He's a top 5 guard in the league right now."

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Kuzma's comments came post-game after his Wizards took on the Thunder in DC, and Kuzma had a front-row seat to Gilgeous-Alexander, nailing the game-winner to lift the Thunder to a 121-120 victory on the road.

SGA finished the evening with 42 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists, adding to his growing collection of outstanding performances this campaign.

The Thunder were touted to be among the worst teams in the league before this season tipped off, continuing their very deliberate direction of developing young talent and hoping to put themselves in a position to draft generational prospect Victor Wembanyama.

In addition, the organization lost versatile 2nd overall pick Chet Holmgren, to injury before training camp, ruling him out for the entirety of his rookie season. This added to the anticipation that the roster would be a sure-fire lottery team without a year of his development.

Surprisingly, it has been the opposite as the franchise sits just one game under .500 and remains competitive every night.

Joining elite company

Behind Gilgeous-Alexander's play, that trend looks set to continue. He's currently averaging over 32 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. On top of his elite offensive production, his defensive output has been equally impressive, registering 1.9 steals and 1.4 blocks per contest.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of SGA's production has been his efficiency, connecting on 40% of his three-point attempts and shooting over 54% from the field.

If SGA was to continue this level of accuracy, he would join NBA icon Michael Jordan as the only guard in NBA history to average over 30 points per game on over 53% shooting from the field.

Not bad company for the Thunder combo guard.

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