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Los Angeles Clippers

Canadian moment of the week: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dazzles with his moves in the open floor

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (NBA Getty Images)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has yet to play in 10 NBA games, yet the Clippers rookie manages to look like a savvy vet in a number of situations - he's doing it on both ends of the floor, too.

The rookie's skill set was on full display In LA's dominant win over the Orlando Magic Friday night when he turned defence into transition offence. Gilgeous-Alexander first used his length to deflect and steal a sideline inbound pass and used his offensive skills to do the rest.

With one defender between he and the basket, the native of Hamilton, ON went in his bag to use a Jamal Crawford-esque wrap around, side step combo to get off a clean layup to finish the break. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the night with eight points and the Clippers cruised to a 25-point win over the Magic.

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Through his first nine NBA games, the 20-year-old is averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game - his eight steals on the season are the third-most among all rookies. The most encouraging aspect of his rookie campaign thus far is that Clippers coach Doc Rivers has trusted him to remain on the floor in crucial late-game situations.

LA is 5-4 through nine games and take on the Timberwolves, Trail Blazers and Bucks in the upcoming week. Based on early returns, the best of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is yet to come this season.

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