Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Our Syl Apps Award winner, basketball standout Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, had a remarkable 2022-23 season on the hardwood. Reviewing some of his highlight performances, on February 10, 2023 Gilgeous-Alexander tied his career-high with 44 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field and 18-of-19 shooting from the free throw line in a 138–129 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He became the first player in Thunder history to score 40-plus points on 80 per cent shooting. Gilgeous-Alexander ended the season with a career-high 31.4 points per game average, joining Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the only players in Thunder history to average at least 30 points per game in a season. Gilgeous-Alexander became the second guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan to average at least 30 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one blocked shot while shooting at least 50 per cent from the field. He subsequently became the youngest guard in NBA history to average 30 points on 50 per cent from the field beating Jordan’s record. On May 2, 2023 Gilgeous-Alexander finished fifth in voting for the NBA Most Valuable Player. He was also named to his first All-NBA First Team. Photo courtesy RevUp Sports.