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.
“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.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 25 points last night, may have caused some motion sickness with constant change of speed/direction. Hesitations, unpredictable accelerating, abrupt pullups. Very crafty with his drives/2-pt scoring. pic.twitter.com/1Fd8ydF5Ic
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) July 10, 2018