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No, Brad Stevens isn't running for president in 2020.

We'd forgive you if you thought this, because there's a guy gearing up for a White House bid who also is a dead ringer for the Boston Celtics head coach.

That'd be the 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Ind. (Stevens' home state) who is being touted as a dark horse Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election and bears a pretty strong resemblance to Stevens.

In fact, Buttigieg has joked about his NBA coach doppelganger multiple times on Twitter over the years.

On Wednesday, it was Stevens' turn to weigh in on Buttigieg. And it turns out he really likes the South Bend native.

"I had a friend a few years ago who said, 'I just met the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and he is incredibly impressive -- and he looks exactly like you,' " Stevens joked during an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand."

"I've actually followed him pretty close. And I'll be real candid: I love a lot of his platforms. I'm a big fan of his.

"I haven't endorsed anyone yet because I don't really get into the political stuff too much, but he's a hard one for me to root against. He's also rising pretty quickly."

Stevens has an extra motive to root for Buttigieg, who launched a presidential exploratory committee back in January, in the 2020 election: If Buttigieg lands in the White House, Stevens could pretend he's the president and sneak into the Oval Office.

"Maybe I could get the Saturday Night Live gig," Stevens quipped.

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