Clippers president Lawrence Frank acknowledges ‘special’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari
Los Angeles Clippers president Lawrence Frank thanked former Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari and acknowledged that the two men are great players who will succeed in Oklahoma City:
Lawrence Frank on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari – "Shai is gonna be as special player in this league. Gallo is already at a high level. We wish them nothing but the best and we will be pulling for them the rest of their careers." #Clippers
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Both Gilgeous-Alexander and Gallinari played key roles for the Clippers last season when they shocked the NBA and actually made the playoffs.
Gilgeous-Alexander impressed in his rookie season. He played din all 82 games for Los Angeles, averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals a game. The Clippers made it clear that he was more than capable of becoming the franchises point guard of the future but were forced to ship him out when the Thunder demanded he was included in any trade for Paul George.
Gallinari remains one of the more underrated veterans in the game. The 10-year veteran is one of the best shooters in the league and is an instant fit for many teams. Last season, he averaged 19.8 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from three and 90.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Surprisingly, the Thunder have a shot at being a decent team next season. Between Chris Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams, and Gallinari, the team has a roster that is a good mix of veterans and younger players. Paul can help shape Gilgeous-Alexander into the point guard of the future, and Terrance Ferguson has the potential to take another step this season.
The Thunder certainly has a bright future ahead of them with all the picks they acquired, and they have the potential to be better than expected right now.