Austin Reaves: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be an MVP candidate one day

Team USA is still hurting over its shocking finish in the FIBA World Cup that resulted in it walking away and returning home empty-handed.

It lost in the semifinal round to Germany in the final seconds, 113-111, which denied it a shot at the gold medal. It ended up playing Canada for the bronze medal, only to lose again, this time in overtime, 127-118.

One of the players who hurt the United States the most in the bronze medal game was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who dropped 31 points while adding 12 assists.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves couldn’t help but give the Oklahoma City Thunder guard his props following the game.

Via Yahoo Sports:

“He kills everybody in the league,” Reaves said. “He’s one day probably going to be in the race for MVP.”

This past NBA season, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31.4 points, which was fourth in the league, and 5.5 assists a game while shooting 51.0 percent from the field. Even though his build resembles a popsicle stick at 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, he averaged 10.9 free throw attempts a game and converted 90.5 percent of his attempts at the charity stripe.

Although he is somewhat underrated, he will clearly be a force for many years to come.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire