Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Aims for 3rd NBA Season with 31-6-2 Averages at 50% FG

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is on track to finish the season with averages of at least 31 points, six assists, and two steals per game on 50% shooting from the field, a feat only achieved twice before by Michael Jordan.
‣ Gilgeous-Alexander leads the NBA in points, steals, and steals per game this season, and holds the third-shortest odds to win MVP, according to several NBA betting sites.
‣ The Thunder guard also has the second-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year, according to NBA sportsbooks.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the guard for Oklahoma City Thunder, is on track to make NBA history. He could end up with the third season ever to average at least 31 points, six assists, and two steals per game, all while shooting 50% from the field. Impressive, right?

Now, who holds the record for the other two seasons? None other than NBA Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan. During the 1988-89 season, Jordan averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. And he did all this while shooting at a staggering 53.8%.

The following season, Jordan didn’t slow down. Nope, His Airness averaged 33.6 points, 6.3 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. He shot at a rate of 52.6%. And let’s not forget that time in the 1986-87 season when Jordan logged a career-high 37.1 points per game. Talk about a legend!

But back to Gilgeous-Alexander. According to some NBA betting sites, he’s got the third-shortest odds to win MVP this season. Only Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are ahead of him. And guess what? Sportsbooks are still showing great odds for Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic.

Gilgeous-Alexander, who’s just 25, is on pace to become the first NBA player to average at least 30 points and 2.4 steals per game in a season. The last player to do this was Allen Iverson in the 2004-05 season.

And that’s not all. The University of Kentucky product could also become the eighth player to average over 30 points and two steals per game in a season. This elite group includes James Harden (2018-19), Stephen Curry (2015-16), Dwyane Wade (2008-09), Iverson (three times), Kobe Bryant (2002-03), Jordan (eight times), and Rick Barry (1974-75).

This season, Gilgeous-Alexander has started 41 games. He’s averaging 31.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and career highs of 6.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game. His 32.4 points per 36 minutes average is a career best.

He’s been shooting a career-best 54.9% from the floor, 32.6% outside the arc, and 89.3% at the foul line. His player efficiency rating (30.5) and true shooting percentage (64.8%) are also career highs.

Gilgeous-Alexander leads the NBA in points (1,274), steals (91), and steals per game (2.2) this season. He ranks 15th in assists (257), second in field goals (452), second in free throws (324), second in value over replacement player (4.2), fourth in usage percentage (32.6%), and second in steal percentage (3.1%).

In the 2023 season, he recorded a season-high 43 points in a 128-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (Nov. 8) and in a 128-123 loss to the Sacramento Kings (Dec. 14).

NBA sportsbooks now show Shai Gilgeous Alexander with the second-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year. He’s just below Damian Lillard. Oddsmakers are still giving great odds to Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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