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Moving forward, I believe it's imperative that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be flanked by a stretch big man. We've seen what he's capable of when he has room to operate. The re-signing of Mike Muscala was ok, but there's nobody on this roster that provides that long-term.

Shai can still shore up many areas of his game, too. Due to his lack of explosion and unorthodox jumper, he'll get bottled up from time to time against certain matchups. Adding consistency and refinement to his release should be a focal point. So should adding some sort of physicality element as a counter. Gilgeous-Alexander has also stalled as on off-ball player -- he's drifted further and further towards the "innocent bystander" role, where a lack of activity actually damages the offense. Per Cleaning the Glass, his teams tend to run far less frequently with him on the floor.

The Oklahoma City Thunder may be years away from sniffing contention; but even in the darkest corners of NBA rebuilding, a shining light in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can provide a glimmer of hope and a reason to tune in nightly.

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