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Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander makes bold claim: 'I'm the Black Steve Nash'

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Oklahoma City Thunder youngster Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is set to lead the organization into the next era on the court and is modeling his game after a Hall of Fame point guard.

Alexander, who made the All-NBA Rookie Team in 2019 as a 20-year-old with the Los Angeles Clippers, was featured in a recent profile in GQ Magazine. At one point in the feature, Alexander started talking basketball with art dealer Eric Allouche.

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Allouche tries to get to know Alexander a bit more and asks the budding Thunder star what position he plays.

“Well, I’m the Black Steve Nash,” Alexander replied.

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He isn’t exactly at Nash’s level just yet.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) plays defense in the second half at Target Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) dribbles the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) plays defense in the second half at Target Center.
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Alexander is entering his fourth season in the NBA and his third in Oklahoma City. The team acquired him in a massive trade with the Clippers that sent Paul George west. He is one of the bright young stars in the league that will soon be making a large impact in the sport.

In 197 career games, he‘s averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists in about 30.9 minutes per game.

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In Nash’s first three seasons in the NBA, the Canadian point guard was averaging only 6.7 points and 3.4 assists per game. He had only played in 181 games in that span.

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