The Oklahoma City Thunder won’t have a top scorer when training camp opens. Shai Giljeus-Alexander will reportedly miss the start of training camp as he recovers from an MCL sprain, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Gilgeous-Alexander is reported to have a second-degree sprain. It is not yet clear when Gilgeous-Alexander was injured and how long he will be out. Grom training camp will open on September 27th.
The first pre-season game of the Thunder will take place on October 3rd. The team will open the regular season on October 19 and play their home game on October 23.
Giljeus-Alexander, 24, led the team last season with 24.5 points per game. He also averaged 5.9 assists per game, which was ranked third in the Thunder’s rankings. After showing promise and making the All-Rookie team during his first year in the league, Gilgeous-Alexander has been picking up goals with each season.
The Thunder are still in the recovery phase after going 24-58 last season. The team has one first-round pick in the 2023 NBA draft, but four first-round picks in the 2024 NBA draft.