Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
22-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
OFS
Injury Foot
Est. Return 7/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Gilgeous-Alexander had a strong sophomore campaign, gaining some All-Star buzz amidst the Thunder's unexpected success. Shifting from point guard to shooting guard, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 19.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 threes and 1.8 combined steals-plus-blocks in 34.7 minutes. He also racked up nine double-doubles and one triple-double, including his monster effort against the Timberwolves (20 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and one block in 36 minutes). With Oklahoma City transitioning into a full-scale rebuild, SGA should be the focal point of the team's offense. That could mean the 22-year-old will transition into a bigger role as a ball-handler and possibly shift back to point guard. If that's the case, Gilgeous-Alexander should see his assist numbers rise, and his scoring could increase, as well. There's not much of a sample with SGA on the court alone from last season, as he played just 36 total minutes with Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder on the bench -- averaging 23.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 8.9 assists. Those numbers probably aren't perfectly indicative of what will happen this season, but the increased usage is practically certain. With that in mind, Gilgeous-Alexander should be a popular target come draft day in most fantasy leagues. 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).

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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).

Likely done for season
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
May 4, 2021
Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault said prior to Tuesday's 103-99 loss to the Kings that Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) is still recovering from a "significant tear" in his plantar fascia, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports. "It's not something that you should really mess around with," Daigneault said. "If we got aggressive with him, it could compromise him long term, which makes no sense for us for a player that is as important to our franchise as he is."
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Gilgeous-Alexander will almost certainly miss Oklahoma City's final six games of the season, given the tenor of Daigneault's comments about the injury along with the fact that the 21-45 Thunder are already eliminated from postseason contention. Daigneault's update comes a little more than two weeks after he said Gilgeous-Alexander wasn't progressing as quickly as hoped in his recovery from the right foot injury, which he developed shortly after the All-Star break. With Gilgeous-Alexander on the shelf for good, Theo Maledon and Ty Jerome should handle point guard duties for the Thunder for the remainder of the season, just as they have been for the past five-plus weeks. Meanwhile, Gilgeous-Alexander will turn his focus toward getting healthy for the summer, when he's expected to train with the Canadian national team as it attempts to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which are set to begin in late July.
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2019

Gilgeous-Alexander became a member of the Thunder in mid-July 2019 after being traded to the team from the Clippers (along with Danilo Gallinari) in exchange for Paul George and draft picks. The 21-year-old sophomore averaged career marks in points (19.0), rebounds (5.9), threes (1.2) and blocks (0.7) per game. He shot 47.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and a career-high 80.7 percent from the charity stripe. Gilgeous-Alexander made his Oklahoma City debut Oct. 23 against the Jazz, recording 26 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 37 minutes. Two days later, Gilgeous-Alexander blocked a season-high three shots against the Wizards. He would go on to reach that mark three more times. On Dec. 20, Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 32 points in a win over the Suns. He tied that achievement two more times during the season -- both occurring in December victories. The day after Christmas, the guard swiped a season-high three steals during a game against the Grizzlies. He would reach that mark six more times throughout the campaign. During a 117-104 win over the Timberwolves on Jan. 13, Gilgeous-Alexander had his lone triple-double, posting a massive 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, a season-high 10 assists and one block in 36 minutes. The Kentucky product also had nine double-doubles throughout the campaign. Appearing in all seven playoff games against the Rockets, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 39.9 minutes. His best playoff performance was arguably Game 2, where he recorded 31 points (9-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-11 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal with only one turnover in 37 minutes.

2018

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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Out at least two more weeks
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
April 16, 2021
Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) is out for at least two more weeks, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.
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Won't play Friday
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
April 15, 2021
Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) is listed as out for Friday's game against Detroit.
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To be reevaluated in mid-April
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
March 31, 2021
Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) will be reevaluated in mid-April, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports.
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Likely to miss several games
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
March 24, 2021
Coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday that Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) will likely miss a "significant amount of time" as he battles plantar fasciitis, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Out with plantar fasciitis
GOklahoma City Thunder
Out For Season
March 24, 2021
Gilgeous-Alexander is out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies due to right foot plantar fasciitis.
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