September 8, 2020, 9:33 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan, whose contract expired at season's end, have decided against a contract extension and have agreed to mutually part ways, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This signals a full rebuild in Oklahoma City – something it seems like we have heard multiple times in recent years. The departure of Donovan, however, makes it seem increasingly likely that GM Sam Presti and the Thunder brass will try to start with a fully clean slate. That very likely means the end of both Steven Adams and Dennis Schroder's days as members of the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari is already a free agent. If they can find a suitor for Chris Paul and his $42 million player option they will surely pull the trigger on that, too. Once again, the Thunder will be looking at a very new roster when the new season begins.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 3, 2020, 12:46 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gave the Thunder an efficient 19 points (6-of-11 FG, 4-of-4 FT), three rebounds, four assists, two steals and three triples in Wednesday's elimination loss to the Rockets.
Gilgeous-Alexander played 40 minutes in his first Game 7 and put on an efficient performance. While you might expect to see more out of the Thunder's rising star and second-option, this sort of line fits his profile for the season. SGA had some very impressive performances this season but just as often his production could be farly anemic. He finished just outside the top-50 this year and certainly deserves the label of "rising star".
September 1, 2020, 12:14 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dished out a team-high six assists to go with two rebounds, one block, 10 points and two triples on Monday.
Gilgeous-Alexander didn't score the ball well tonight, but he did enough on offense to keep the Rockets on their toes. His two triples were off the dribble and contested and he handed out a team-high six assists which were enough to force a Game 7.
August 29, 2020, 9:38 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a forgettable night on Saturday, falling flat with just four points on 2-of-8 shooting, three rebounds and four assists to his name in 34 minutes.
SGA was saddled by a bit of foul trouble, but that was no excuse for his poor showing on the offensive end of the floor. Considering he's one of the team's bright future stars, this was a tough and hard fall from grace in what was a crucial game.
August 22, 2020, 10:03 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was phenomenal in Saturday's 119-107 Game 3 win in overtime over the Rockets, stuffing the stat sheet with 23 points (9-of-18 shooting), seven rebounds, six assists, three treys, four steals and one blocked shot.
SGA showed why he's one of the most promising young players in the league, flashing a strong two-way performance in a critically important game. He made the key assist to Danilo Gallinari who nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer that forced overtime, showing that he's got a good head on his shoulders and fantastic basketball I.Q.
August 20, 2020, 6:47 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander responded in Thursday's Game 2 after a disappointing playoff debut on Tuesday, finishing with 31 points on 9-of-17 shooting in 38 minutes.
SGA did what he could to help the Thunder but the team ultimately fell short. He pitched in with six boards, two assists, one steal, three triples and one turnover while he was 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Hopefully, Chris Paul and Dennis Schröder can respond after disappointing performances on Thursday while SGA needs to build upon this impressive game.
August 14, 2020, 11:37 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams played six minutes on Friday night while Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played nine and 14, respectively.
Billy Donovan said that the team would not ask for much from its core players tonight, which is why they played so little. If you were cruising through box scores and wondering why the productive trio was so quiet tonight, there's your answer.
August 14, 2020, 5:34 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder don't intend to play their starters for major minutes in Friday's regular season finale.
More exactly, Billy Donovan said, "I don't envision our main guys playing very much tonight." Shy away from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams in DFS tonight. This may also affect rotation guys like Nerlens Noel and Darius Bazley, making any of the more reliable Thunder a true roll of the dice on Friday.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 10:37 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous Alexander returned to action on Wednesday and looked good as he paced all Thunder starters in a 115-116 win over the Heat with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, plus one rebound, one assist, two 3s and one block in 25 minutes.
SGA put up a solid performance tonight and has clearly solidified his top-50 value on the season. He's going to be one of the hotter mid-round targets in 2020-21 fantasy drafts.
August 10, 2020, 11:14 amShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been listed as out for Monday's contest against Phoenix.
SGA made a substantial leap with his new team this year and posted near top-50 value in both 8/9-cat formats. This injury comes as somewhat of a surprise as he played 36 minutes just yesterday. Most likely just a load management situation I would not worry about his health moving forward. Luguentz Dort should be the main beneficiary of SGA's absence.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 9, 2020, 5:02 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul turned 33 minutes into 13 points, six rebounds, nine assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Sunday in a win over the Wizards.
Paul has been outstanding all season long, quieting the doubters and getting the Thunder to a position where they're a dreaded first-round matchup in the West. He's going to be a first-round value in resumption leagues when it's all said and done. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also had a good game with 18 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a steal. The Thunder will go as far as their star guard duo can take them.
August 5, 2020, 10:22 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 3-of-11 on Wednesday for 13 points, but he made up for it elsewhere with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 36 minutes.
SGA was posting top-50/55 value in 9/8-cat leagues this season before the NBA restart. He was a top-140 player last season and took a big leap with his expanded role. Gilgeous-Alexander's fantasy future is bright with possible second-round upside in future seasons. He will be a popular target during fantasy drafts next season, but beware of the hype outweighing his realistic fantasy value. He has a high floor though and should be expected to repeat his top-50 season next season with room to improve.
August 3, 2020, 9:11 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted a team-high 24 points in Monday's overtime defeat to the Nuggets.
SGA added five rebounds and two assists while making three triples. He showed off his trademark speed on several occasions and only a poor overtime session stood between the Thunder and a possible win. Fellow guard Luguentz Dort fared less well, shooting 3-for-13 from the floor.
August 1, 2020, 6:37 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander topped all scorers during Saturday's win, finishing with 19 points to go with six assists, three steals and two rebounds in 32 minutes of action.
Gilgeous-Alexander continues to be one of the most talked-about fantasy players and Saturday's performance certainly showed why. He has taken his game to another level this season and yet there still appears to be a number of gears left to go through. With the Thunder still a very realistic chance of pushing into the top-four, Gilgeous-Alexander should be viewed as a top-30 asset at the very minimum.
July 24, 2020, 8:55 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander logged a team-high 22 minutes for the Thunder in Friday's scrimmage, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
SGA is already gearing up for playoff mode and is looking good, playing admirably against a solid opponent in the Celtics in this one. Again, this is still just a scrimmage but it's good to see he's in fine playing shape and able to put up points on the board at an efficient clip.