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Friday Headlines: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Named NBA All-Star Starter Edition

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The starters for this year’s NBA All-Star game have been announced and amongst them is former Kentucky Wildcats star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. It’s his second time being selected to play in the All-Star game, but his first as a starter.

Though he was mostly known about his on-ball defense and leadership skills at the collegiate level, Gilgeous-Alexander has developed into quite the offensive player. He’s averaging more than 31 points per game this season along with averaging north of six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Gilgeous-Alexander is the fourth player from the John Calipari-Kentucky era to make the All-Star game, with Anthony Davis (four times), DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall each being selected in the past.

His Oklahoma City Thunder are just a half game back from first place in the Western Conference standings, and a lot of that has to do with the phenomenal level of play from Gilgeous-Alexander this season.

The annual NBA All-Star Game is February 18th and will be hosted by the Indiana Pacers.

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