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Mike Muscala admits it’s ‘really cool’ he’ll get to play with Chris Paul on the Thunder

Chris Paul, Mike Muscala, Thunder

Mike Muscala admits it’s “really cool” he’ll get to play with veteran point guard Chris Paul on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Muscala says he used to watch Paul as a kid growing up and that it’s going to be fun playing with a future Hall of Famer.

“That was really cool. You know, there’s a handful of guys in the league still playing who I was watching when I was growing up,” Muscala told Brett Dawson of The Athletic. “That was a guy to watch and a guy you idolized and a guy that was at the top of his game, and so it’s still really cool, the chance that I get to play with him.”

Chris Paul, Mike Muscala, Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, Dennis Schroder and Andre Roberson are the key veterans the Thunder will be counting on to lead OKC to the playoffs next season. With Paul George and Russell Westbrook gone, OKC is grooming Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to be the new franchise player, though, the youngster will have a lot of help in 2019-20.

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 58 games. The nine-time All-Star shot 41.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander are expected to start in the backcourt for the Thunder.

Muscala played for the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers last season. He averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 64 games.