What a season Paul George is having!
Paul George is playing the ball of his life this season averaging 28.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He is currently one of the best two-way players in the league.
This season, Russell Westbrook has been very cold from the field and beyond the three-point line. He has been missing his best form yet but has improved as a playmaker. He has trusted Paul over himself and given him the ball during the clutch situations to take over, and boy, Paul did not disappoint anyone.
Paul has led the Thunder team in the absence as well as in the presence of Westbrook. He has not only improved the team offensively but also made them one of the best teams in the league defensively.
According to Tracy McGrady, this is the best version of Paul George he has ever seen.
Below is what he said on ESPN’s show “The Jump” alongside Rachel Nichols and Paul Pierce:
“Giannis came out of the gates and he has been playing consistently up until this point now. His team is No. 1 in the East and has the best record in the league. I gotta stay with Giannis and what he was able to do for the Milwaukee Bucks but Paul George my goodness.
“This is the best version of P.G. I’ve seen. I’m talking about even that P.G. that used to go against LeBron James when he was in Indiana. I’ve never seen him play at this level on both ends. He is even really rubbed off on Russ to play better defence. P.G. is No. 2 on my list.”
Watch the video below:
During the show, Paul Pierce points out an important point which separates George from the others, and that is his defence. Defence is something which usually goes by unnoticed, he says.
Pointing a fact, Paul Geroge has a Net Efficiency rating of +22.2 and currently tops the NBA in that category with Harden and Giannis no way near him. This stat really speaks of what he brings to the table for the Thunder.
However, there are a lot of games to be played still and it will be challenging to decide the real MVP if all these players continue to fire for the rest of the season.
The Thunder are strong contenders this season and if Westbrook gets his shooting back during the playoffs, there is no way this team is ready to beat any team in the conference, even the Golden State Warriors.