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OKC Thunder Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Earns First All-Star Bid

By Derek Parker,


Oklahoma City Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finally has the official title.

At long last, Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is an NBA All-Star.

After missing out on being an All-Star starter, beat by the likes of MVP candidates Luka Doncic and Steph Curry, Gilgeous-Alexander was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve Thursday night on the NBA on TNT broadcast.

Averaging 30.8 points, 5.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, Gilgeous-Alexander has been the primary factor for Oklahoma City’s playoff contention. He’s shooting 51 percent from the floor, 36 percent from beyond the arc and 91 percent from the line.

Curry, Doncic, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson were named Western Conference starters weeks ago.

Gilgeous-Alexander will be the team's first selection since Chris Paul in the 2019-20 season. Before that, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Paul George put together over.a decade of appearances for the franchise.

Oklahoma City now stands at 24-27 on the year and 1.5 games back from the final play-in spot.

After suffering one of its worst losses on the season to Houston on Wednesday, the Thunder are back in action on Saturday versus the very same Rockets. Tip off is at 7 p.m. in Paycom Center.

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