G - OKC
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in 32 minutes of play logged 18 points (7/17 FG, 3/5 FT, and 1/7 3P), four rebounds, and two assists during Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.
It wasn't a great opener for Gilgeous-Alexander or the rest of the Thunder team. A blowout loss by 21 points to the Jazz set the tone. SGA shot just .143% from three-point land but was effective from the rest of the field shooting .412%. It likely is a one-off performance for the superstar guard and he should remain a top-30 player in points league's moving forward.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander agreed to a five-year, $172 million max rookie extension with the Thunder.
Gilgeous-Alexander was part of recent trade rumors right around the NBA Draft, but he will continue to lead the current Thunder rebuild. He missed a good chunk of this past season as there was no point in risking further injury in a completely lost season for Oklahoma City, but he will look to bounce back this upcoming season as one of the better young talents in the league.
OKC General Manager Sam Presti has said the likelihood of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander getting surgery on his foot has been averted.
This clearly good news for fantasy purposes, as this means SGA should be good to go to begin the 2021 season. Gilgeous-Alexander only played 35 games this past season, but had impressive averages of 23.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game and will be a top end talent once again in 2021-22.
The Thunder announced on Wednesday that guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would be out for an "extended period" and would miss "a significant amount of time" with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Well, this is a bummer, especially after SGA just poured in 31 points on Monday in a win over Minnesota. The team went on to say that it's been a "cumulative" issue that has been building up over time. SGA has posted top-50 fantasy value this season when healthy, but with the Thunder sitting at 19-24 entering Wednesday, they clearly won't be rushing their star guard back any time soon. One has to wonder how much he will play for the rest of the season while dealing with an injury that only heals with extended rest on a tanking team. Young guards Theo Maledon and Ty Jerome should see an uptick in fantasy value with SGA out of the lineup.
Oklahoma City Thunder SG/PG Shai Gilegous-Alexander (foot) has been ruled out ahead of Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
With SGA ruled out against the Grizzlies, an opportunity opens up for Kenrich Williams, particularly in DFS lineups, where he is valued at $4,300 on FanDuel. Svi Mykhailiuk is also in line for increased minutes against a Memphis team ranked in the bottom-ten for 3-point attempts, assists, and defensive rebounds allowed per game this season.