It didn't take long for Canadian rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to prove his value as the No. 11 pick in this year's draft.
While he struggled from the field in his first summer outing (5-for-19), the Clippers point guard finished with 13 points, four assists, a steal and two blocks Friday night. Los Angeles would go on to lose 77-71 to Golden State.
When the Clippers faced the Kings Sunday night, the Hamilton, Ont. native improved across the board. Gilgeous-Alexander poured in 21 points (8-for-16 shooting), grabbed eight rebounds and added three steals. His performance helped lead Los Angeles to an 88-78 victory.
Gilgeous-Alexander, the eighth Canadian lottery pick in the history of the NBA Draft , joins a Clippers team that is in the process of retooling its roster. The slight overhaul in Los Angeles means the 19-year-old will have a major role in the future of the franchise moving forward.
In the Clippers' final preliminary summer game against the Rockets Monday night, Gilgeous-Alexander scored 25 points (on 12-for-21 shooting), grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.
After finishing 1-2 in preliminary play, Los Angeles earned the 17th seed in the Summer League Tournament. In the first round against the 16-seed Wizards, Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
The Clippers face Xavier Rathan-Mayes and the top-seeded Lakers in the second round of the Summer League tournament Thursday night at 8:30 PM ET.