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Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shows why he is team’s point guard of the future

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Just three games into Summer League and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is already showing potential to be the best point guard from his draft class. Through his first few games, he’s averaging 19.7 points, five rebounds, 3.3 assists, two steals, and one block. 

Gilgeous-Alexander was selected with the No. 11 pick in the draft, and the No. 3 point guard selected behind Trae Young (5) and Collin Sexton (8).

“He’s a tough kid, man, and he loves basketball,” Clippers Summer League head coach Casey Hill said. “He’s taking this very seriously. This is his profession. It’s very apparent when you talk to him and when you watch him conduct himself in these early stages as a pro. He’s got a long career ahead of him.”

In his most recent outing vs the Houston Rockets, Shai finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the team’s loss. It was his third straight game scoring in double figures, but more importantly, it was the rhythm and flow he played with that caught the attention of coaches and fans alike.

The team lost some scoring with Austin Rivers being traded to the Washington Wizards; enter Gilgeous-Alexander. Given that Lou Williams is really the only player on the team that can create for himself and others, Gilgeous-Alexander’s early production could prove vital for a team that just missed out on the playoffs last year. 

 

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Rohit Ghosh

LA Clippers beat writer
Rohit is an L.A.-based sports journalist who contributes to SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, AccuScore, and the Taxi Squad Show based out of Utah. He also runs his own sports blog, Metta Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh where he discusses AccuScore projection data, a variety of sports-related topics, and even some Jazz music.
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