Unique Background Information for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from Canada  

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a former Kentucky star, scored 31 points on 7-for-10 shooting from 3-point range in the NBA All-Star Game for Oklahoma City.  

He averaged 31.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds before the All-Star break and has averaged 22.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in 364 NBA games since joining the league six years ago as the 11th choice in the 2018 lottery.  

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury dubbed him the best Canadian basketball player.

I appreciate that, but Steve is ahead.  

“I’ll try to catch him, but he’s ahead of me,” Gilgeous-Alexander said after the all-star game. “  

“Compliments are when others praise you. He played basketball well and knew the game well, which I appreciate.  

“Kids worldwide are denied opportunities due to their birthplace. Not taking that for granted. Having the flag on my back is special.   

The country is everything to me. I got a chance. Otherwise, I'd be gone. So lucky to be from there.”  

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