Somehow, Paul George has flown under the radar this season, even though he’s been playing the best ball of his career, and arguably the best and most efficient basketball in the entire Association.
Everybody was shocked when Paul George decided to extend his stay at Oklahoma instead of joining LeBron James and his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, but he’s proving he’s made the right choice for him, by all means.
George has taken the reins of the team and Russell Westbrook has even embraced a lesser role as his sidekick, something nobody ever thought was possible considering Brodie’s personality.
Moreover, George is having one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen, yet nobody’s giving him the love he deserves. As a matter of fact, he could win as much as 3 different awards this season, and we’re going to break them down right now.
3. Most Improved Player
Yes. Even despite the fact that Paul George is a proven superstar in this league, his season averages make a strong case for the Most Improved Player award, which he already won during his breakout 2012-13 season.
Paul is averaging nearly 7 more points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assists this season with more steals, better shooting splits, and fewer turnovers. He went from 21.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.0 SPG, 3.1 3PG on 43/40/82 to 28.9 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.3 SPG on 45/41/83.
2. Defensive Player Of The Year
Paul George doesn’t get enough praise for the lockdown defense he plays, mostly because he steals most of the headlines with his offensive expertise. Yet, he’s grown to become one of the best defenders in the league.
George is currently leading the league in steals per game (2.3) and is 2nd, 19th in defensive rebounds, 1st in total steals, 3rd in steal percentage, 10th in defensive rating (103.2), 4th in defensive win shares (4.7), and the Oklahoma City Thunder has the 2nd best defensive rating in the league with 104.9.
1. Most Valuable Player
Paul George should be in the MVP conversation this season after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. They’ve won 11 of their last 12 and it’s mostly thanks to George’s leadership and outstanding work in both sides of the hardwood.
This season, George ranks 5th in VORP (4.4), 10th in BPM (6.7), 1st in steals per game (2.3), 1st in total steals (127), 6th in OBPM (5.8), 6th in Win Shares per 48 minutes (.236), 3rd in Win Shares (9.8), 12th in PER (25.2), 6th in minutes per game (36.2), 2nd in points (1577), 6th in free throws (326), 6th in free throw attempts (390), and 3rd in three-pointers (215).