When Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went down with an MCL sprain in late-September, there was fear he’d miss the start of the season. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault now says Gilgeous-Alexander is on track to play in the season opener on Wednesday.
That’s good news for a Thunder team that had several players miss considerable time with injuries last season. Oklahoma City will be without first-round pick Chet Holmgren, but the rest of the roster appears ready to go. OKC opens their season at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, October 19.
Gilgeous-Alexander is starting the first year of a five-year, $179 million extension with the Thunder. He’s considered a key player, alongside Josh Giddey, Lu Dort and Holmgren as Oklahoma City looks to take steps forward in their rebuild.