Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has become the talk of Las Vegas.
After getting off to a slow start in the NBA Summer League, SGA has been one of the best players in Vegas over his last two outings.
On Monday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 25 points and had five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in a loss to the Rockets.
SGA’s impressive play has The Ringer already touting him as the best point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft, despite the fact he was taken behind Trae Young (No. 5 to the Hawks) and Collin Sexton (No. 8 to the Cavaliers).
After the weekend action, it’s clear that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is going to be the best point guard in this draft. There’s something about Shai’s game that already feels destined for a bright future. For one, it’s well-rounded. Shai is averaging a cool 17 points per game, adding five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block per game. His vision is already advanced, and the Clippers have taken advantage of that by putting him in all different playmaking positions (including the post!).
There’s a shiftiness to Shai’s game that feels natural, allowing him to create his own shot at his own pace, an invaluable trait, especially for a rookie guard. The Clippers, whose primary scoring option last season was sometimes Lou Williams off the bench, could use another reliable combo guard, especially one that can usher them into the future of their franchise. Shai looks well on his way to becoming that player.
The Charlotte Hornets originally selected Gilgeous-Alexander from Kentucky with the 11th overall pick in the NBA draft, but then traded the pick to the Clippers for the 12th overall pick and two future second-round picks.
That came after Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in his freshman year at Kentucky.