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Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says he’s ‘not Russell Westbrook,’ will ‘be the best me’

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said he’s “not Russell Westbrook” and is going to be himself.

Gilgeous-Alexander will be tasked with an impossible mission: trying to replace Westbrook as the Thunder’s point guard. OKC acquired Gilgeous-Alexander from the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. The youngster says he can’t be Russell Westbrook because he doesn’t have the same body type or game as the former MVP.

Instead, the second-year guard is going to be the best version of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander he can be for the Thunder.

“I am not Russell Westbrook,” Gilgeous-Alexander said, via Erik Horne of the Oklahoman. “I do not have the same name, same body type, stuff like that. So, I’m just going to try to be myself and be the best me and everything else will take care of itself.”

Last season for the Clippers, Gilgeous-Alexander 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.

Westbrook is the best player in Thunder franchise history. No one will be able to top his legacy in OKC, and Gilgeous-Alexander knows that. The guard wants to create his own history with the Thunder and will work hard to accomplish that goal.