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Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says he’s a ‘sponge’ and always learns from his mistakes

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder is excited to get to work with his new club after being included in the massive Paul George trade by the LA Clippers.

In a recent article by Brett Dawson of The Athletic, Gilgeous-Alexander outlined the fact that he is a “sponge” when it comes to learning from his mistakes:

“I just think I’m like a sponge,” Gilgeous-Alexander said in Dawson’s story. “I just soak things up and learn, and as time goes on, I get better because I learn from my mistakes and things like that. That’s the same thing I’m gonna try to do with this organization and this team.”

Obviously, SGA was expecting to fight for playoff berths with a scrappy LA Clippers squad, but after he was sent to a retooling Thunder team, his priorities and focus have likely changed. While the 21-year-old is still aiming to better his game, he is now on a team that features three potential starters at the point guard position: Chris Paul, Dennis Schröder and Gilgeous-Alexander.

After a rookie season that saw him get named to the All-Rookie Second Team, SGA is bound to want to see his usage increase, but that might not be possible with two well-entrenched veterans at his position. However, the Thunder are not widely expected to be contenders next season – meaning trades might shake up the roster, or SGA’s development might become the team’s primary focus.

Either way, any matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans is sure to get a rise out of Gilgeous-Alexander, as he’ll be playing against his rookie cousin: Nickeil Alexander-Walker.