April 11, 2019, 2:12 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a dud in his rookie season finale, managing just eight points (no 3s), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.
Like many raw point guards, Gilgeous-Alexander had a difficult time adjusting to the pace of the league and as a result he spent much of the first two months bouncing in and out of the top-160 in 9-cat value, sometimes falling out of the top-200. After the initial culture shock wore off, SGA broke out by almost doubling his (still low) 3-point output, increasing his steals and efficiency. He closed the season with top-90/100 value in 9/8-cat value over the last two months and ended up with top-130/140 value for the season. The future appears bright for the young rookie and after a season or two of improvements- shooting from deep and better recognition of where and when he should be dishing the rock- he should be making a push for mid-round value.