Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Position: PG                       College: Kentucky            Class/YOB: Freshman

Height: 6’6                          Weight: 180                    Wingspan: 7’0

 

Strengths:

  • Shows great composure. On a team of primarily freshmen, he was the calming presence. Never seems sped up or out of control. Has a quiet leadership about him.
  • Substantial size advantage for a lead guard. Has the length of a big small forward but is a natural point guard.
  • Defensively gifted. Uses length as well as anyone in the class to guard the ball. Picks pockets and denies passes throughout a game. Dodges picks well. Will pick up full court and make a ball-handler work. Should be able to guard all the spots on the perimeter.
  • Plus vision and feel as a playmaker. Probes defenses in P&Rs, changes pace incredibly well, and delivers the ball where it needs to be.
  • Shoots with confidence. Was around 40 percent from the college line and hit mid-range shots with regularity off the dribble. Doesn’t project as a great three-point shooter in the NBA, but should be at least respectable.

Weaknesses:

  • Athletically below-average for an NBA point guard. Has more of a smooth, change-of-pace type game on offense. Length should mask a general lack of explosion on defense. But may not be able to stay in front of quicker guards who also have size.
  • Offensive shot-creating is average. Never will be a top scoring option. Can make open shots but will struggle creating off the dribble against quicker guards.
  • Skinny frame. Doesn’t have the muscle to bang with bigger guards and wings in the post. Stronger players will try to punish him in the post until he proves solid enough to take some bumps.

Stats:

MPG FG% 3PT% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PPG
33.7 48.5% 40.4% 81.7% 4.1 5.1 1.6 0.5 2.7 14.4