Thunder Notebook Week Three: Shai is a star, Theo Maledon breaks out, Poku pause

SGA Displays Star Mentality

In the first five games of the 2020-2021 Season, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has done an exemplary job taking over as the leader of this team. He has been poised, confident, aggressive, methodical, and demonstrated growth in all areas of his game. While his game against the Hornets was the most exciting in terms of theatrics and game-winning shots, his most impressive game, to me personally, was his game in Orlando. Statistically speaking it was not his most eye-catching game, but the way he orchestrated the offense, kept composure when the game tightened up, rebounded, and picked his shots wisely, was remarkable. It truly reminded me of the early Thunder years when KD or Russ were struggling with their shot, yet still found ways to impact the game and help their team win. Willing your team to victory even when your shot isn’t falling, takes a star mentality, and SGA has it. SGA continues to look the part of a future superstar in this League, and Thunder fans should be very excited.

Theo Vows More Aggressive Play

During his Preseason debut in San Antonio, Theo Maledon was very aggressive with his offense, something he had shied away from during the beginning of the regular season.  After his career-high twelve points off the bench against the Magic, Theo vowed to assert himself into the offense more regularly, noting that his teammates and coaching staff had told him to do that. His shooting stroke and overall game are silky smooth, as he displays the poise of a veteran, not a nineteen-year-old rookie. Going forward, Theo’s playing more aggressively will only help the team and his own development.   

Poku Pause

The Thunder announced on Sunday that Rookie Aleksej Pokusevski suffered a concussion during practice, and has entered League Concussion Protocol. Poku has already missed one game, probably will miss more on this road trip. While Poku sidelined, look for Justin Jackson, Isaiah Roby, and Josh Hall to get more playing time. Poku has been uneven a bit in his start to the season, but that is to be expected from the youngest player in the League. Hopefully, he will recover quickly and rejoin his teammates soon.

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