Paul George continued his MVP-Caliber season on Tuesday night as OKC beat Portland 123-114. George led all scorers with 36 points, and tacked on 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. The performance represented his 18th game with at least 30 points so far this season.
PG13 is averaging 27.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.33 steals a game. These are career high in all three categories, and put George at a league rank of 7th in points per game and 2nd in steals per game.
When you begin to stack up, Paul George makes a strong case for himself as the most valuable player in the league. George is right up there with the best scorers in the league, but is a superior defender at his position, separating himself into a elite class. The success that OKC has had up to this point is another great indication of the value that George brings. The Thunder are sitting in third place in the west, in front of Houston, Portland, and other big name contenders.
At just 28, it is possible that we haven’t seen the best of Paul George yet. His style of play seems to fit the look that coach Billy Donovan is looking for, with George making huge contributions on defense as well as scoring often in transition. George’s 2.33 steals a game is only second to teammate Russell Westbrook, who is currently averaging 2.38 steals a game. Both stars form quite the one-two duo, as they bring world class defense with each of their deadly offensive skill sets.
With Paul George playing at this level, this OKC team will be a true contender in the postseason this year. George has never been surrounded by so many weapons in his career. George and Westbrook are the second highest scoring teammates this season, trailing only the Curry/Durant combination in Golden State.
Paul George will look to continue his career season in OKC, with a deep postseason run being the expectation this season for this Thunder team.