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Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ‘not worried about accolades,’ just wants to keep his ‘head down’ and play basketball

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

New Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander just wants to keep his head down and play basketball at the highest level.

The Thunder acquired Gilgeous-Alexander this summer from the Los Angeles Clippers in the blockbuster Paul George trade. The youngster vows to be a hard worker during his time in OKC and remain humble.

“I’m just a basketball player. Regardless of the situation, I’m going to continue to work hard and play my game,” Gilgeous-Alexander said, via Erik Horne of the Oklahoman. “I know that eventually it will come out. I don’t worry about starting. I’m not worried about accolades or things like that. I just work hard, keep my head down and (stay) true to who I am.”

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will likely start in the backcourt for the Thunder next to All-Star Chris Paul. The second-year guard played in all 82 games last season for the Clippers and averaged 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 47.6 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Nothing is set in stone, but the Thunder’s projected starting lineup for next season is Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Terrance Ferguson, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams. In a loaded Western Conference, the Thunder will try to compete for one of the lower playoff seeds.