Thursday, March 23, 2023

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, competitive guarantee of the Oklahoma City Thunder

It can be said that the only passion of the time oklahoma city thunder went through the draft and they also had the luxury of being given extra time Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to recover from his injuries.

As Juan Estevez wrote on this site a few days ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder may no longer be looking to rebuild because currently Already competes in the Western Conference. or anywhere, as I’m showing up with them this Friday 112–100 win over the Cleveland CavaliersBeyond the absence of Ohio MVP i.e. Donovan Mitchell, a top five team from the East.

okc thunder They have won nine of the 13 matches they have played in January, a month in which they had nearly as much success as any team in the West. For example, the Denver Nuggets, who are the leaders of the West, have won 11 of their 13 games, while the Sacramento Kings, the second great team in January, have won eight in 13 appearances.

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This put the OKC Thunder in the playoff race, tied with the Utah Jazz for the tenth place play-in and even final ticket. Just two games away from finishing in the top 4 in the West and to be able to aim for home field advantage in the first round.

all this without giving up his ambitions in the draft (In 2023 they will have their first round and the LA Clippers, in 2024 they will have the Clippers, Houston and Utah and they will have nine more first round picks in three consecutive years.) And not much was cut there.

Chet Holmgrenpick 2 of the last draft, will not play this season due to an injury to his right foot and will only jalen williamsThe 12th pick in the draft, is making a significant impact as a rookie this OKC Thunder.

OKC is not expected as high as a direct playoff berth and even in this shaky West it would not be surprising if the Lakers and Trail Blazers pass them and Oklahoma City misses the play-ins Goes: With this team only one player over the age of 29 (substitute Mike Maskala) has not been selected.

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But why does the OKC Thunder win and is it already a respected team at least in the regular season before anyone? for Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderYour competitive guarantee.

24 year old Canadian average 30.9 points and 5.6 assists per game and performing at an incredible level this month, with numbers staying at 30 and 5 in OKC wins but one 54% accuracy in field goals And only 1.5 losses per game.

Tremendous effectiveness and substantial winning propensity in critical moments, such as this game against Cleveland in which he came in for the final five minutes of the game and generated only positive action: Two baskets and three assists already ensured the win before returning to rest.Less than a minute before it’s all over.

Shai is a clutch like few others, capable of creating the team’s defensive shell (Holding Cleveland to just three points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter) And here’s how the OKC Thunder win and smile in a month in which even the schedule has shown them no mercy: visited Miami, Sacramento, Denver, Brooklyn and Philadelphia, in addition to Chicago and Orlando, and hosted the Celtics and Cavaliers. They only have the Warriors ahead in January.

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