How long is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Thunder guard

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The Thunder enter the 2022-23 season with a couple of injuries to core players.

In addition to Chet Holmgren being sidelined for the entire season, it's unclear if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available for the start of the season because of a knee injury.

Gilgeous-Alexander has proven himself to be one of the best young players in the NBA over the last two seasons with averages of 24.2 points, 5.9 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. However, injuries have limited him to 91 of a possible 154 games. He appeared in 35 games in 2020-21 and 56 games in 2021-22.

What's next for Gilgeous-Alexander? Here's everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court.

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What is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's injury?

The Athletic's Shams Charania broke the news on Sept. 21 that Gilgeous-Alexander had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee.

It's unknown when and how Gilgeous-Alexander suffered the injury.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged a career-best 24.5 points to go along with 5.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in 2021-22. He appeared in 56 games, missing a chunk of time around the All-Star break and then again at the end of the season with a right ankle injury.

The Thunder finished the season with a 24-58 record.

How long will Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be out?

According to an ESPN report, the Thunder said Gilgeous-Alexander would be reevaluated in two weeks, putting him at risk of missing all of training camp and at least two of Oklahoma City's six preseason games.

The Thunder open their regular season against the Timberwolves on Oct. 19.

When asked if Gilgeous-Alexander would be ready for the start of the regular season, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he didn't know the answer.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander career stats, highlights

  • 18.2 points per game
  • 4.5 rebounds per game
  • 4.3 assists per game
  • 1.1 steals per game
  • 0.7 blocks per game
  • 2.2 turnovers per game
  • 31.8 minutes per game
  • 47.3 percent field goal shooting
  • 34.8 percent 3-point shooting
  • 80.7 percent free throw shooting

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