Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drops blunt truth bomb on Kevin Durant Thunder comparisons

Mar 3, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) and Oklahoma City Thunder
Mar 3, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) and Oklahoma City Thunder / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As the OKC Thunder gear up for their upcoming postseason run, fans and media pundits alike have seemingly found it hard not to draw comparisons between this promising squad and the 2010's teams led by the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

After clinching the number one seed in the Western Conference standings last week, not only has Mark Daigneault's club become the youngest ever to do so in NBA history but, also, they've become the first Oklahoma City team to accomplish such a feat since the previously mentioned era claimed the top slot back in 2012-13.

From their young and promising nucleus to their MVP-worthy leaders, many links have continuously been drawn between this year's Thunder team and those led by Durant.

And while to some, such a conversation has been the subject a considerable amount of entertainment, to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander it has been one rarely thought of, as he bluntly told reporters during Thursday's media availability that they aren't even a thought in his mind.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander doesn't think about Kevin Durant-led Thunder

"I don't think about them at all. They've obviously done amazing things with this game and have done amazing things for this city. Pioneers clearly. But I think trying to compare or trying to draw comparisons, it doesn't help us or do anything for myself and us as a group. It's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka. None of them are on this basketball team and none of them can help us no matter how great of things they did in the past. For me personally, I haven't worried or thought about it at all."

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Despite his apparent desires to separate this Thunder team from the ones once spearheaded by Durant, throughout this triumphant campaign, Gilgeous-Alexander has shouted out the impact and legacy that the current Phoenix Suns centerpiece has on the franchise, going on record stating that it's "an honor and blessing" to be compared to the 14-time All-Star after breaking his record for most games in a single season dropping 30 or more points back in March.

Of course, the goal for this OKC club is to achieve goals never seen before, even by the Durant and Westbrook tandem, and that's, ultimately, to bring home the organization's first Larry O'Brien Trophy.

SGA hopes to be the one to lead them to the promised land, and fans are awaiting patiently to see just how he fares in his first go at guiding a team through the playoffs as a go-to option.