After earning his first All-NBA nod, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is slowly ascending to conversations around the league as one of the best players in the league.
The 25-year-old capped off his career-best season with averages of 31.4 points on 51% shooting. He led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 40-42 record and a win shy of a surprising playoff berth.
Gilgeous-Alexander will look to build off of his best season yet and it appears players around the league are starting to take notice.
“Shai’s the most underrated player in the league, bro. I mean you said it — you were like, ‘He got that Kobe sh*t.’ When people say the most underrated player, every year I think of somebody else that nobody is talking about. Shai is the most underrated, hardest player to guard in the league bro… OKC does this thing off the free-throw line where we shoot the free throw, Shai’s at the free-throw line, and they put all the other guys in the corner. It’s a full-court, one-on-one guarding Shai. They do it every game, all game, and you still can’t stop it. Not half-court, free-throw line, get to it. He’s unguardable.”
This is pretty high praise from Gilgeous-Alexander’s colleagues — especially from two veterans like Russell and Beverley.
With Gilgeous-Alexander entering his prime as he just turned 25 years old, expect him to continue to have similar seasons to the one he just enjoyed for the foreseeable future.