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After main Canadian males again to Olympics, Gilgeous-Alexander voted CP male athlete of the yr

There’s yet one more feather for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s cap to finish 2023. The basketball star from Hamilton, Ont., is The Canadian Press male athlete of the yr.

The 25-year-old obtained 12 votes, forward of Connor McDavid of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers (11), whereas golfer Nick Taylor and decathlon world champion Pierce LePage have been tied for third (10).

Gilgeous-Alexander had a breakout 2022-23 season for the NBA’s Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder that noticed him end fourth in scoring at 31.4 factors per sport and grow to be the one the second Canadian beside Corridor of Famer Steve Nash to make the all-NBA first group.

He was additionally a first-time all-star, the fourth Canadian to be one, whereas the Thunder exceeded expectations nearly squeezing into the NBA playoffs in a aggressive Western Convention.

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Gilgeous-Alexander then led Canada to bronze on the FIBA World Cup in September. He was a event all-star averaging 24.5 factors, 6.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in eight video games, as Canada picked up its first-ever medal on the event.

The 25-year-old is at the moment third within the NBA in scoring at 31.1 factors per contest and first in steals with 2.8 per sport, with Oklahoma Metropolis sitting in second within the West in 2023-24.

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