If you haven’t watched an Oklahoma City Thunder game this season, make sure you watch the next one. Not because of Mr. triple-double himself Russell Westbrook, but the new face of the Thunder in small forward Paul George. It is quite miraculous the things that George is doing this season. While most think this is Westbrook’s team, George is the one having a career year. This is no knock on Westbrook, as he’s still averaging a triple-double, I just want to share how dominant George has been this season.
Team play: Now normally the media and fans blame the Thunder not being contenders over the years because free agents aren’t wanting to come to OKC because Westbrook isn’t a good teammate or whatever, but the chemistry Westbrook and George possess is impeccable this season. George must have liked Westbrook to sign that huge 4-year deal back in June of 2018. While they are dominating, and with the role players doing their respected roles, The Thunder are currently the third seed in the Western Conference.
These Stats Though: Paul George is currently 2nd in the league in PPG with 28.7, and 1st in the league in SPG with 2.3. He is currently exceeding his career high statistics in Points Per Game, Steals Per Game, Rebounds Per Game, Free Throw Percentage, Field Goal %, and 3-Point %. This whole Thunder season has consisted of George being a huge factor in the team due to the fact that he has a 31% usage rate. Which means 31% of the Thunder’s plays whether it’s scoring, rebounding, etc, comes from Paul George. For all you Fantasy and DFS players, George is averaging 1.41 Fantasy points per minute. You times that by his 36 minutes per game average and he’s averaging 51 Fantasy Points a night which is outstanding. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t ever think of George as an elite player until his reign with the Thunder because he simply wasn’t great when he played for the Indiana Pacers. He spent 7 years with them and flashed amazing skill sets, as well as inconsistency. In 7 years with the Pacers, he only averaged 18 PPG.
Current Hot Streak: When you see these numbers, it’s hard not to put Paul George into MVP considerations with Houston Rockets SG James Harden. So he has been on an absolute tear lately, scoring 30+ points in 10 of the last 12 games. His February averages include a ridiculous 39.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 4.8 APG, and 2.3 SPG. He is definitely playing like a top-5 player in the league right now and deserves all the hype in the world. If he keeps up this absurd pace, the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to be a force to be reckoning with moving forward.