Kevin O’Connor has Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as All-Star reserve on his ballot

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Logan Newman
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a bit of a longshot for the All-Star game despite putting up deserving numbers, but the Oklahoma City Thunder guard is getting some attention for a spot.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor listed him as a reserve on his article going over how he would vote. Media members do not vote for reserves, only starters, but he O’Connor wrote how he would put together the full 12-man team for each conference.

Gilgeous-Alexander was a wild card pick, one of the final two for the Western Conference, alongside former backcourt running mate Chris Paul.

O’Connor wrote:

“The Thunder haven’t played a single national television game this season, and they’re not a popular League Pass option since they’re in a rebuild. So no one has really seen SGA develop into one of the best two-way guards in the NBA.”

Among stats that O’Connor liked were Gilgeous-Alexander’s 22.6 points per game, 61.1 true shooting percentage, 6.5 assists, and the way the guard is leading the NBA in drives per game with 24.5. Gilgeous-Alexander and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, a lock for the All-Star game and potential starter, are the only two players averaging more than 20 drives per game (all stats were through Feb. 14).

O’Connor also noted that Gilgeous-Alexander is a solid defensive player, better than many of the other wild card options.

Will the guard make the game? The starters will be announced Thursday, and as of the latest voting tally, he wasn’t anywhere near the mix for that. It’ll almost certainly come down to coaches to put him in as a reserve.

There’s some stiff competition, though. He’ll have to beat out at least some of Paul, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Mike Conley, De’Aaron Fox, Ja Morant and DeMar DeRozan, along with wings who would qualify for the wild card spot. That’s not even to mention the surefire All-Star guards Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Doncic.

We’ll find out soon enough.

This post originally appeared on OKCThunderWire. Follow us on Facebook!

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Denver
-278-7.5O 222.5
Oklahoma City
+220+7.5U 222.5