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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looks insanely good already

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looks nothing like a guy who, at this time last year, was ranked outside the top 30 in his high school graduation class with hopes of cracking the starting lineup at UK in his freshman season. We here in Kentucky were witness to Gilgeous-Alexander’s surge from undervalued prospect to All-SEC status, SEC Tournament MVP and NBA lottery pick, and we know the hard work he put in behind the scenes to get there.

But even his biggest fans from his time as a Wildcat are probably a little surprised by his first couple of games as a professional with the Los Angeles Clippers. Gilgeous-Alexander is dominating the NBA summer league and has the look of a veteran NBA point guard with a crafty arsenal of offensive moves and smothering length on the defensive end.

In his latest performance Monday night, Gilgeous-Alexander poured in 25 points in only 28 minutes played against the Houston Rockets. But what was most impressive was the way in which he scored those 25 points. He showed off a new step-back jumper, hesitation dribbles to shake his man, and the acrobatic finishes at the rim we grew accustomed to seeing last season in Lexington. He looked unguardable.

If you were unable to see it all, you can find a collection of highlights in the clip below:

I think we have a serious contender for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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10 responses to “Shai Gilgeous-Alexander looks insanely good already”

  1. terwilliger

    It is insane how much this guy has improved in one year. Just insane. So proud of him.

    1. JTHinton

      Defiantly the haircut!

    2. JTHinton

      Definitely, not defiantly

    3. Wilfred Smith

      Maybe he was being defiant in cutting the hair.

    4. bigbluebanana

      Idk JT, defiantly the haircut works almost as well, maybe better!

    5. Mathlete

      It’s the Stephen Johnson oversized helmet/Harrison twins contact lens issue all over again. One tweak that on paper doesn’t change much, but in reality changes everything.

      Maybe his long hair was just in his eyes, and once he got his regular court vision back he became a basketball Jedi.

  2. kjd

    It’s the summer league.

    1. Carcrook

      Exactly what I was thinking.

    2. Alex90

      Yea but out of the 10 players on the court he has consistently been the best. Look at what Trae Young and Collin Sexton ate doing in the summer league

  3. Parker_UKFanNC

    Still mad the hornets traded him away. Dumb decision