With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
One of the key storylines following the Clippers this season will be the development of point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Canadian-born and coming from playing in Kentucky, Alexander's lengthy frame and variety of skills should lend him plenty of minutes running LA’s backcourt in 2018-19.
The Clippers will enter the year with a loaded backcourt, complete with ball-handlers like Milos Teodosic, Lou Williams, and Patrick Beverley. Gilgeous-Alexander should see significant minutes at point guard, though, as Williams and Beverley both possess the ability to move off the ball.
Plus, the Clippers selected Gilgeous-Alexander with the No. 11 pick to play him–not stash him on the bench. Arguably the most intriguing point guard in a class that included Trae Young and Collin Sexton, Gilgeous-Alexander boasts the best abilities of both guards. At 6-foot-6, he can get to the rim and score in the paint, but he also showcased a knack for perimeter shooting in the Las Vegas Summer League.
While Gilgeous-Alexander will need to fill out his narrow frame, he has the potential to develop into an exceptional NBA point guard. During the Summer League, he tallied 19 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 4 APG. He also gathered 2.3 steals per game–pointing to his defensive potential.
The guard also brings the right attitude to LA, as he recently weighed in on the impending rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James.
“Personally, if I recall, the Clippers have been the better team in LA the past few years or so," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "So, they’ve got to beat us to be the big bro. … We don’t back down from anybody.”
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