The Los Angeles Lakers wanted Paul George to join Lebron James in LA at the end of the last season. But George had something else in mind. He decided to stay in Oklahoma and gave another shot to the championship with his friend and counterpart, Russell Westbrook.
Whether Oklahoma wins the title this year or not, George’s decision to stay at OKC has paid off completely. Not only is the Thunder team hot right now, but he is playing the Ball of his lifetime.
While speaking to the ESPN in October last year, he gave the exact reason for his not moving away from the Thunder:
Going toward the summer and going toward free agency, I kind of had my mind made up talking with the team, talking with Russ and talking with the front office. I kind of felt good where we were at. Last [season], I didn’t get a chance to start with this team fresh. I got traded late. So, I picked up things late with the team. I wanted to get to it right away this time and start creating early.
After watching George’s yesterday’s performance against James Harden and the Houston Rockets, Skip Bayless tweeted that it was a right choice by Paul George to not join Lebron and the Lakers.
Check out his tweet below:
He also said that Paul George is making a strong case for the MVP as he dropped 45 points in front of James Harden on the Rocket’s home court. He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and led a 26-point comeback for the Thunder.
After some in-depth analysis of George’s stats, we can note that he has improved in every department this year. Have a look:
Career stats: 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.4 blocks.
This Season: 28.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.5 blocks.
Moreover, look at his numbers in the last 11 games-
- 31 PTS, W
- 31 PTS, W
- 36 PTS, W
- 23 PTS, W
- 36 PTS, W
- 37 PTS, W
- 43 PTS, W
- 37 PTS, L
- 39 PTS, W
- 27 PTS, W
- 45 PTS, W
With this, he has been excellent defensively and made life tough for the opposite teams. He surely makes a strong case for the defensive player of the year also.
With Russell Westbrook not finding his shooting groove, George has led from the front offensively. He has executed some great clutch shots and has become the backbone of the Thunder team this season.
They are looking good this season but can they beat the might Golden State Warriors when the time comes?