For weeks now, many NBA fans have thought that Team Canada could have a chance of winning it all in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
They had their first game on Friday morning and came away with a resounding victory, beating France, 95-65.
At the center of it all was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists.
He was scoring from all over the court, including from the logo at the center of it.
— FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 🏆 (@FIBAWC) August 25, 2023
Canadian fans were ecstatic after the game, especially from seeing Gilgeous-Alexander’s work.
Calling it a “statement game”, some people believe this is just the beginning of a strong run for Team Canada with Gilgeous-Alexander leading the way.
statement game! we here!! 🍁
— RJ (@arrjae) August 25, 2023
Others were a bit upset that they didn’t see more of fellow Canadian star RJ Barrett.
But with a 30-point win, the coaching choices won’t be questioned too much.
How come they’re not playing RJ Barrett?
— Junior Walker Jr. (@ChipToothSmile) August 25, 2023
For years, people have been celebrating Gilgeous-Alexander.
Many people believe he’s the future of the league and see a combination of other superstars in him, such as Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.
A mix of Kobe & Dwade
— dat9336 (@dat9336) August 25, 2023
And numerous people are now wondering if Gilgeous-Alexander will end up being the best player in this World Cup.
Best player in the tournament?
— Tidal League (@TidalLeague) August 25, 2023
This is a long tournament and Canada has many opponents that they will need to take down in order to win it all.
But they have definitely gotten off to a wonderful start and there is every reason to believe they are one of the best teams in the World Cup.
Scoring 27 points in a game is nothing new for the Oklahoma City Thunder star.
In 2022-23, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 31.4 points and 5.5 assists per game on 51% from the field.
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