The Oklahoma City Thunder have fully embraced the fact that they will be tanking for at least a few seasons. After the bright years that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook provided to the franchise, it must be hard for fans to see their team lose so many games.
In fact, even until when Chris Paul was part of the team, they had hope. But last season he joined the Phoenix Suns and OKC became one of the worst teams in the league. The only bright side for the organization is their young star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Originally drafted by the Clippers, Shai has shown signs of stardom in his short career. In fact, if he hadn't been injured last season, the Thunder could have had a slightly better record.
Anyway, considering the Thunder are losing a ton of games, many are worried that Shai might ask for a trade. This led to one particular NBA fan on Reddit highlighting quite a surprising stat. Reddit user u/busterdrain posted that despite seemingly losing many games, SGA still has more wins than other young NBA stars such as Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Deandre Ayton.
To be precise, SGA has won 118 games and lost 96 games so far in his career. In comparison Luka has 116 wins and 104 losses, Ayton has 103 wins and 97 losses, Trae has 97 wins and 136 losses.
At first, the stats might seem surprising since the other 3 players are currently on better teams as compared to SGA's team. But they were all high draft picks, meaning at the time their teams were struggling to win.
This directly impacts their win% during the first few seasons of their respective careers. On the other hand, Shai played for the Clippers and later an OKC team that went to the playoffs. Thus, he has a higher number of wins and a lesser number of losses as compared to the other three players.
Moving forward, if Gilgeous-Alexander stays with the Thunder, this stat will quickly become redundant. Because OKC is in no position to compete as of now. Maybe it will change in the future, but one cannot be sure of it.