OKC Thunder has the assets to build around new centerpiece Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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With head coach Billy Donovan out the door and point guard Chris Paul potentially following him, the appear headed for a rebuild. However, after trading Russell Westbrook and Paul George last offseason, the team has the assets to build around new centerpiece , a promising young player who improved on a strong rookie season as a sophomore.

Gilgeous-Alexander came into the out of Kentucky with a pro-ready game and has only improved as a scorer since gaining a larger role in Oklahoma City. Even the Clippers were hesitant to trade him in the deal that eventually landed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles, as the young point guard’s play suggests All-Star potential.

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