Shai Gilgeous-Alexander joins exclusive list of Thunder All-Star starters

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander joins exclusive list of Thunder All-Star starters

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Thursday became the fourth Thunder player ever to be named a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, thanks to a strong showing in voting from players and media.

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Jan 25, 2024, 6:45pm CST

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Jan 25, 2024, 6:45pm CST

OKLAHOMA CITY — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is headed back to the NBA All-Star Game, and this time he’ll add to the Thunder’s legacy of starters. 

Gilgeous-Alexander on Thursday was named a Western Conference starting guard for the Feb. 18 game in Indianapolis. 

He’ll join a starting lineup with Dallas guard Luka Doncic and frontcourt players LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of Phoenix and Nikola Jokic of Denver. 

The starters in the Eastern Conference are guards Tyrese Halliburton of host Indiana and Damian Lillard of Milwaukee and a frontcourt of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Boston’s Jayson Tatum. 

Gilgeous-Alexander will be the fourth different player to earn an All-Star start from Oklahoma City, joining Durant, Russell Westbrook and Paul George. 

The four different starters is tied for the second-most in the NBA since 2008-09, when the franchise relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City and adopted the Thunder name. 

George was the Thunder’s most recent All-Star starter, earning that honor in 2019. That summer, he’d be traded to the Clippers for a haul of players and picks that included Gilgeous-Alexander. 

Gilgeous-Alexander finished third among Western Conference guards in fan voting — Doncic was first, the Warriors’ Steph Curry second — which accounts for 50% of the starter vote. 

Media and player voting account for 25% each, and Gilgeous-Alexander finished first in both votes. 

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.3 steals and shooting 54.6% from the floor and 89% from the free-throw line. 

If he finishes the season averaging 30 or more points and two or more steals while shooting 50% or better, he’d join Curry (in 2016) and Michael Jordan (five times) as the only players to do it. 

 

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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