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Paul George has been one of the most overlooked players in the NBA for long enough. Dating all the way back to his days in Indiana before his injury, Paul George pushed LeBron James as far as any player ever did. George took those Heat teams to 6-7 games back to back years, all without a real second star. Now George is fully recovered from his injury and looking like one of the best players in the NBA.
Averaging a career-best 28.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 41% from three, George continues to dominate the NBA on offense, but it is his defense that really stands out. PG-13 is one of the elite defenders in the NBA, averaging 2.3 steals per game, and locking down opposing teams best players. Despite all of this, few people who list him as a top 10 player in the NBA over the past seven years. Anyone who watches the NBA this year will tell you, George is a legit MVP candidate, and its time for all the casual fans to know it. Paul George is having the best year of an already great career and has already proved he can go toe-to-toe with the best the NBA has to offer.
The injury slowed George down, but he is finally back to 100% and is on the same page as Westbrook. While the Thunder are still not ready to take down the Warriors, it seems PG might be able to take them to heights not even achieved with Kevin Durant if the Warriors dynasty does end this summer. If the Thunder want to take the next step, it is time for Westbrook to finally take a back seat, and let George carry him to the promise land.