Does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Want To Join the NY Knicks?

NY Knicks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander posted a photo on Instagram that has drawn lots of attention from NY Knicks fans.

On February 20th, Gilgeous-Alexander tagged a photo of himself dribbling a basketball on the Knicks logo at center court of Madison Square Garden with the caption “Be Back Soon…” and a stopwatch emoji.

On the surface, this is probably just a post from a young player who is anxious to return to action.

Still, maybe there is something more there if we cut through that top layer.

Gilgeous-Alexander shared this post almost a week after his Thunder squad played at the Garden.

They have also played a home game since then.

The conspiracy theorist in me wonders why, if the post was solely aimed at generating interest from Thunder fans, he did not post a picture of himself dribbling at the Paycom Center.

Does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander want to come to the NY Knicks?

No, this was an intentional choice. Whether it was meant to be serious or a “Knicks for Clicks” post remains to be seen.

The Knicks, who have been looking for a starting point guard since what feels like the Ford Administration, would be wise to explore the possibilities of adding Gilgeous-Alexander.

In SGA, the Knicks could be adding a 23-year-old point guard who is averaging 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists this season for a rebuilding Thunder team.

What’s more, Gilgeous-Alexander would seemingly be a dream addition for head coach Tom Thibodeau.

On the defensive end, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 1.1 steals per game.

A player with a 6’6″ frame and 6″11 wingspan would be a dream point-of-attack weapon for Thibodeau.

SGA also fits on the offensive end with what Thibodeau wants from his point guard.

Gilgeous-Alexander has been in the 74th percentile or higher on shots attempted at the rim, per Cleaning the Glass. 

He also has shot at least 60% on those attempts in three of his four professional seasons.

It remains to be seen if Gilgeous-Alexander’s Instagram post was pure coincidence or something more, but the Knicks could do a lot worse at the point guard position.

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