Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today.
Although his Oklahoma City Thunder have yet to enjoy any actual success, the 25-year-old’s star power is off-the-charts both on and off the court.
This week, Gilgeous-Alexander weighed in on something of a dicey topic: who is in his top five.
While the names Gilgeous-Alexander opted to include aren’t all that shocking, one of his notable omissions definitely was.
An SGA & AI backcourt would be 🔥🔥
See who else Shai had in his all-time starting 5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/zgnXVYsDd2
— NBA 2K (@NBA2K) October 14, 2023
Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Durant are nothing to sneeze at. But not including LeBron James? That definitely caught some fans off guard.
Reactions poured in immediately:
the real ballers always, always know Kobe Bean Bryant’s worth and that all we need, the opinion of none ballers are super trivial and irrelevant.
— Kobe bean Baptiste (@AdonisC01643611) October 15, 2023
So 4 SGs A SF & A Center lol
— Korver Jr (@Immigrxnt) October 15, 2023
Shai knows ball
— TheAssassinGoat (@TheAssassinGoat) October 14, 2023
Shai knows ball
— charlie whité (@Boss_Tycool) October 14, 2023
Yeah yall not getting no boards steph,bron,kareem,duncan,klay frying this line up 💀
— JORDANOFTHEPALACE (@JORDANSAMMAA) October 14, 2023
Of course his hating ahh didn’t pick LeBron
— 🎗NBA•Fan🎗 (@Klutch_23) October 14, 2023
Big picture, this has been a massive year for Gilgeous-Alexander.
Between his MVP-caliber play on the court and his and his girlfriend’s rise to fame off it, the man is a legit star.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) October 15, 2023
And with Chet Holmgren (who is looking very jacked these days) returning to the fold for OKC in 2023, the Thunder could make some noise.
It really wouldn’t be all that shocking to see Gilgeous-Alexander’s Thunder give James’ Los Angeles Lakers a real run for their money this season.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.