NBA fans are very impressed with the emergence of an iconic move that Jose Alvarado has already associated with himself in his young basketball career. To those who do not know, Alvarado is a 25-year-old point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans. Despite being listed at only 6 feet, Jose can be considered a defensive specialist due to his unique skills.
Fans got to see his special move once again on display during the NBA In-Season Tournament quarter-finals. As some of us might be aware, the Pelicans matched up against De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings for a single elimination game.
Although players like Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum, and Zion Williamson were given the majority of the credit for their team’s victory, fans also acknowledged Alvarado for pulling out his signature move once again. With that being said, let us take a closer look and find out more.
Jose Alvarado aided the Pelicans’ victory with his unique defensive style
Those who have been watching New Orleans Pelicans games over the past few years will already know quite a bit about Jose Alvarado. His ability to sneak up on the opponents from the back and catch them off guard to steal the ball has earned him the name “Grand Theft Auto” Alvarado.
JOSE ALVARADO WITH THE SIGNATURE STEAL IN SACRAMENTO 🤯
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Since the GTA videogame series is primarily based on living a gangster’s life and sneaking around, there is no denying that this is quite an apt nickname. After witnessing Jose steal the ball from De’Aaron Fox and help his team score, Alvarado was soon acknowledged on social media for his move.
How did Alvarado get that nickname?
Now that the New Orleans Pelicans are finally looking healthy with Zion Williamson on the court consistently, Alvarado’s play for his team is growing increasingly noticed and appreciated. After all, Grand Theft Alvarado pulls off a sneaky move consistently and has only been caught a few times so far.
Those who know about the In-Season tournament structure will be aware that the Pelicans will be facing the winner of the game between the Lakers and Suns. We wonder if the New Orleans Pelicans can go on a streak and end up winning this entire tournament. If that happens, Alvarado, along with the rest of the Pelicans players and coaches will be suitably rewarded for their play in this tournament.