Kevin Durant Brilliantly Explains Why OKC Thunder Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is Unstoppable
- Kevin Durant has taken notice of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander performances
- The Brooklyn Nets star says the Oklahoma City Thunder guard is unstoppable.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.9 points this season and is expected to make his NBA All-Star debut in February 2023
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has said young Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is unstoppable because of his pace and physical ability.
The 24-year-old has been playing at a high level and is expected to make his All-Star debut this season. His performances have enabled a young thunder roster to push for a playoff spot.
He has been influential for his team, which has pulled a few upsets this season. They have beaten the Dallas Mavericks, title contenders LA Clippers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets.
He is averaging 30.9 points per game in 45 NBA games this season, which is the fifth-best in the NBA. The shooting guard is now playing at an MVP level, and some were shocked not to see him get an All-Star starting berth.
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Durant praises Gilgeous-Alexander
Durant, who won his only MVP award with the Thunder in 2014, was full of praise for the young star. The 34-year-old superstar had quite a few to say on the guard, calling him unstoppable, per SI.
“No matter what you’re doing on the defensive side of the ball, you just can’t stop what he’s doing. It’s hard cause he’s tall, he’s lanky, he plays at his own pace.”
The two-time NBA champion compared the former LA Clippers youngster with MVP candidate Luka Doncic.
“We always talk about Luka (Doncic) and his pace, I think Shai’s pace is up there with him as far as being able to manipulate the defense and then finding the spot he wants to get to. It’s impressive, man, you pick up on stuff from these dudes cause the game has gone to another level when it comes to skill.”
If Gilgeous-Alexander continues with these performances, he will surely make the All-NBA team. His team are 11th in the West with a 24-25 record, one game away from .500 and two games away from the fourth seed.
Gilgeous-Alexander reacts to All-Star announcement
Many NBA fans were puzzled why the young guard did not get an All-Star starting berth in the recent announcement.
Some believed he should've gotten a starting spot over Stephen Curry, who had missed over a month with a shoulder injury. He said he wasn't focused on the All-Star chatter.
However, Gilgeous-Alexander finished fourth among Western Conference guards in all three voting categories; fans, players and media. He finished behind Curry, Doncic and Grizzlies star Ja Morant.
LeBron James makes All-Star history
Sports Brief earlier reported on James tying Lakers icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most All-Star selections with 19.
No other NBA player has more All-Star appearances than James and Abdul-Jabbar, who retired in 1989 at age 42. James received 7,418,116 fan votes and will be captain for the 6th consecutive year.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers star now has the most consecutive appearances in NBA history and has the most selection among active players by some distance.