Much attention has been given to all the picks that the Clippers sent to the Thunder in the Paul George trade but the franchise also received Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in addition to Danilo Gallinari. The Italian forward has just one season left on his deal but Gilgeous-Alexander is expected to remain with the franchise long-term and become the point guard of the future in Oklahoma City.
The 6’6″ point guard won’t yet take the reigns of the franchise, as future Hall of Famer Chris Paul remains on the roster. Whenever the Thunder decided to let SGA lead the team, he should be able to handle that role. He has believers both in the professional and collegiate levels.
Kentucky coach John Calipari could see that Gilgeous-Alexander, whose mother ran the 400-meter race for Canada at the 1992 Olympics, was going to make it to the NBA during the point guard’s lone season at the university.
“I looked at our [players] and said, ‘You guys know who’s the best in practice? Who comes every day? Who brings it? He does,’” Calipari said (via The Athletic’s Brett Dawson ). “I told them, ‘You know what? He’s making himself a lottery pick.’”
Calipari has coached several star point guards. Derrick Rose played under the coach at Memphis. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and De’Aaron Fox are among the point guards to play under Calipari.