Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

  • (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today)
  • Born: 10/8/95 
  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • High School: Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Tennessee)


  • Elite size for a point guard at 6’6 with a 6’10.5 wingspan.

  • Uses his size and length to make plays on the defensive end. 3.2 steals per 40 through 13 games. Can pick guys dribble or deflects balls in the passing lanes.

  • Can really harass guys on-the-ball with his length and agile, reactive feet. High-end point-of-attack defender upside.

  • Nice shake on the offensive end. Changes directions quickly. Plays with good pace and change of speeds in pick-and-roll.

  • Contorts his body and uses length to extend around defenders and finish at the rim. Great .47 free throw rate because he isn’t afraid to jump into contact.

  • Solid passer. Finds roll/pop man in PNR, kicks to shooters or drops to big-man on penetration.

  • Shooting 44.4% from three and 87.2% from the line. Not a high volume shooter right now but numbers suggest there is room for growth.

  • Size gives him the versatility to play the 1 or the 2.


  • Very skinny frame at only 180 pounds. Inconsistent getting through screens. At times does good job getting skinny and over but other times gets knocked off course.

  • Can’t fight for position switched onto bigger players. Needs to find ways to use length when switched onto the post.

  • Only rebounds 6.8% of misses when he is on the floor which is unusually low for a point guard as tall as he. Is it due to lack of strength or instincts?

  • High 19.2% turnover rate. Tends to drive into traffic and get stripped. Makes some lazy passes. Fairly high handle. More of a combo 1/2 than a pure point guard.

  • Lacks explosion. Not going to rise up at the rim or blow by defenders with his first step. Sometimes settles for tough floaters because he can’t explode to rim.

  • Low volume outside shooter. Only 18 attempts on the year thus far. Hasn’t made an unassisted three per Hoop-Math. Has a somewhat slow release and shoots a set shot, making his off-the-dribble shot awkward. Will his percentages regress?

Bottom Line

His defensive ability combined with his shooting efficiency make him a nice 3&D PG prospect with some real off-the-dribble juice. If his shot continues to go in at a high clip he will deserve a place in the top-20 conversation. Needs to continue to improve his decision making.

— JZ Mazlish, 1.5.18

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