Shai signs | Thunder of Oklahoma City
“I know what I like to get to and when I like to get there,” Gilgeous-Alexander said of last-second possessions. “It kind of forces me to shake things up. These are the fun times.
“He’s our point guard and he’s our top scorer,” said teammate and compatriot Lu Dort. “At that point, you know, the ball has to be in his hands and he has to play. “
After a decisive season and a new contract, some NBA players would become complacent. Not SGA. This offseason, Gilgeous-Alexander said he is prioritizing health after suffering from plantar fasciitis in the second half of the year, but also improving his strength, weight, mass, his speed, his agility, his explosiveness, his shooting, his handling of the ball and his passing.
“I’m just trying to be a better overall and all-around player,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.
“Anytime you give this guy time in the offseason he comes back better and he’s proven it time and time again,” said Daigneault.
As the Thunder organization continues its commitment to its plan to invest in the growth of its young players, the team has a great example to emulate. With a love of the game in his heart, a wink in his eyes and the confidence that comes from the work he has put in, Gilgeous-Alexander is ready to lead the Thunder as each takes their next steps forward.
“One of the most important things we’ve tried to focus on as a team is to grow, to try to improve each day. Wherever it takes us, we’ll be happy because we know that we did everything we could do, ”said Gilgeous-Alexander.