Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
21-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Kentucky product had a much more productive rookie year than anticipated with the Clippers, and his role is likely to grow with the Thunder. Gilgeous-Alexander was traded to Oklahoma City in the offseason as part of the Paul George deal, and he's slated to be the Thunder's starting two-guard for the upcoming season. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 boards and 1.2 steals as a rookie, logging 26.5 minutes per night and appearing in all 82 regular-season games. He looked more comfortable as the season went on, finding his rhythm within the offense and making solid contributions in the playoffs, including a career-high 25 points against Golden State on April 21. He shot a respectable field goal percentage (47.6) and three-point percentage (36.7) in his first season, and he should be afforded more shots per game with OKC. Though he'll likely start the season at shooting guard opposite Chris Paul in the backcourt, Paul's continuing inability to stay healthy may thrust Gilgeous-Alexander into the point guard role at some point, which would increase his value. Expect the second-year guard to take on a prominent role with the rebuilding Thunder, making him an interesting late-round selection in standard fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.33 million contract with the Clippers in July of 2018. Traded to the Thunder in July of 2019. Thunder exercised $4.14 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was born in 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Charmaine Gilgeous and Vaughn Alexander. Vaughn coached Shai when Shai was young. Charmaine is a former track star who competed for Antigua and Barbuda at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Shai played at three different high schools. He began in Hamilton, Ontario at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School before switching to Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School. He then transferred to Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee for his junior and senior years. His cousin is fellow NBA player Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Follow SGA on Twitter (@shaiglalex) and Instagram (@shai).

College/International Summary

Gilgeous-Alexander played one season with the University of Kentucky. For the 2017-18 season, he appeared in 37 games with 24 starts. The guard averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 boards, 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals. Gilgeous-Alexander shot well, converting 48.5 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from behind the arc and 81.7 percent from the charity stripe. He also led the Wildcats in assists, steals and three-point shooting. He was one of only three freshmen in Kentucky history to record 61 or more steals. The Canadian was named to both the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team and earned the 2018 SEC Tournament MVP award. Gilgeous-Alexander is one of four NBA players to emerge from the 2017-18 Kentucky roster after being selected at No. 11 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by Charlotte (then traded to the Clippers the same day).

Removed from injury report
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 11, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) is off the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.
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A bruised right hip kept Gilgeous-Alexander out of the Thunder's most recent contest, but he'll be back in action Wednesday. Since the All-Star break, he's averaging 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 blocks in 32.6 minutes.
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put on a show in his rookie season, as he helped lead the Clippers to the eighth seed in a very competitive Western Conference. He played in all 82 games of the 2018-19 season and despite being a rookie earned a starting spot for 73 of those games. SGA showed that he was ready from day one, as he tallied 11 points, four assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes off the bench in his first NBA contest. By the eighth game of the season, he earned a starting spot and maintained it for the rest of the season. He averaged 26.5 minutes per game and tallied an average of 10.8 points, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He scored in double figures a total of 46 times during the season, including a season-high 24 points against the Clippers in December and once again against the Warriors in January. He also had a hot stretch where he averaged 14.2 points per game through the month of March. Gilgeous-Alexander started all six playoffs games for the Clippers in 2019, as they faced off against the first-seeded Warriors. He held his own in the postseason, with 13.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game, and helped the Clippers push the series to six games. Gilgeous-Alexander was named to the 2019 All-Rookie Second Team. He also had the honor of participating in the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend, where he tallied 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and was traded to to the Los Angeles Clippers for Miles Bridges, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 4, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • July 10, 2019
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with Danilo Gallinari, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2022 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick and a 2026 1st round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gilgeous-Alexander played just one year of college ball at Kentucky, but showed plenty of upside as an all-around prospect and averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals across 33.7 minutes. He's an underrated shooter after knocking down 48.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 40.4 percent of his three-pointers, while he's also got very good size for the point guard position. Gilgeous-Alexander stands 6-foot-6 and has a seven-foot wingspan, which should give him the ability to matchup with a handful of different positions on the defensive side of the ball. Considering the fact that he was selected with the 11th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Gilgeous-Alexander will likely be expected to contribute right away, though he'll be stuck in a bit of a logjam at the point guard position. The Clippers dealt Austin Rivers to the Wizards this offseason, but still have the likes of Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic in the fold, as well as fellow first-round pick Jerome Robinson. For that reason, Gilgeous-Alexander may be stuck with minutes in the teens to open the season while being mentored by Beverley. The 20-year-old rookie has plenty of room to develop and does need to add some weight, so a bench role could be beneficial in the long run.
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Expects to return Wednesday
GOklahoma City Thunder
Hip
March 10, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) "should be available to play" Wednesday against the Jazz, per coach Billy Donovan, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
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Not playing Sunday
GOklahoma City Thunder
Hip
March 8, 2020
The Thunder ruled Gilgeous-Alexander (hip) out ahead of Sunday's game against the Celtics, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Tending to hip issue
GOklahoma City Thunder
Hip
March 8, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Celtics with a right hip contusion, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports. Coach Billy Donovan labeled the second-year guard a game-time decision in advance of the 6 p.m. ET tipoff.
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Scores 27 extremely efficiently
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 4, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander registered 27 points (12-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 win over the Pistons.
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Bland performance
GOklahoma City Thunder
February 28, 2020
Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), while tacking on three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes during the Thunder's 133-86 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.
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