By Nicholas Williams
Published: February 27th, 2019
With the NBA season winding down and MVP talks rising up, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is turning heads with his extraordinary performance this season and is making a case for league MVP.
Before the season started, George was considered to be a top two-way player in the league, a player who can give you good offense and topnotch defense. Despite his abilities, George didn’t seem like a player who can lead a team to a championship, but rather a player who can be a complementary piece to another superstar level player.
George is having the best season of his career, elevating his game to new heights. He is averaging career highs in points, steals, and rebounds. He doesn’t just have a case for MVP, he also is a front runner for Defensive Player of the Year. He has shut down the notion of not being an MVP caliber player as he is looking like a top five player in the league and with that also the Oklahoma City Thunder is looking like a championship contender.
George has put the league on notice, leading the Thunder to a third seed in the competitive Western Conference. He is averaging 28.7 points, eight rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point territory and 83 percent from the free throw line. He is having one of the more efficient seasons of his career and he is getting to the free throw line at a higher rate with around six per game.
He is currently second behind Houston Rockets guard James Harden in points scored per game. This is a career high for George as before his highest scoring average was 23.7 points in the 2016-2017 season with the Indiana Pacers.
Without a doubt, MVP caliber players must be able to lead their team on both offense and defense as well as help close out games, George is doing this and an elite level and the Thunder are benefiting from his efforts.
George has tough competition with James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race, but George is playing at an elite level and doing more for his team on both ends of the floor in a tough conference. George is definitely placing himself as a favorite to take the MVP trophy home in June.