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Monday Quickies: The Rise of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Edition

SGA is coming on strong in his sophomore season.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t long ago when many followers of the Big Blue Nation believed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would flourish in the NBA after one quick year at Kentucky.

While he’s certainly played well in just over a full season, most didn’t anticipate him playing for his second team in many years. In fact, many probably expected Gilgeous-Alexander to be paired with Patrick Beverly to boast a nightmare backcourt defensively for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Instead, LA sent their prized rookie to Oklahoma City (along with many other assets) in exchange for All-NBA forward Paul George. This season, the Clippers are of course contending for the NBA title. But OKC are, respectfully, winners of four straight with Gilgeous-Alexander playing his best basketball of the season.

During that four game streak, the former Kentucky Wildcat is averaging more than 22 points per game with last night’s win ironically coming against the Clippers. Despite a drastic change in chemistry and coaching at such a young age, Gilgeous-Alexander is everything the Big Blue Nation knew he would be.

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