Having one of the best years in his career, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George is on the way to winning his first MVP and here are the reasons why.
Looking at what Paul George was able to do his season is one thing, but looking at his numbers is something else. Averaging career highs of 28.9 points, 4.2 assists and 6.6 rebounds, George has elevated his game to another level this season, as he is taking on a bigger and more important role for the Thunder organization, as he, center Steven Adams and point guard Russell Westbrook look to bring the team to their first finals appearance since the 2013 season.
The past 10 games for George has been something, as he has put up the following point totals, starting with the most recent game (excluding game against the Sacramento Kings):
-45 points against the Utah Jazz
Result: Win 148-147 in double overtime with a game winning shot by George
-28 points against the New Orleans Pelicans
Result: Loss 131-122
-47 points against the Portland Trail Blazers
Result: Win 120-111
-45 points against the Houston Rockets
-Result: Win 117-112
-27 points against the Memphis Grizzles
Result: Win 117-95
-39 points against the Orlando Magic
Result: Win 132-122
-37 points against the Boston Celtics
Result: Loss 134-129
-37 points the Orlando Magic
Result: Win 126-117
-36 points the Milwaukee Bucks
Result: Win 118-112
-23 points against the New Orleans Pelicans
Result: Win 122-116
During this stretch of games, George is averaging an astounding 38.4 points per game, producing more than what big time players like Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry and Los Angeles Lakers small forward Lebron James were able to put up in the past 10 games they have played. Look for George to continue to play at this level of intensity on the offensive end-with the rest of his game-to potentially win his first MVP.
Another thing that must be looked at is the team chemistry with George and the Thunders roster. With his last season being his first season being on a different team for the first time in his career, George showed some struggles in the way he played with the team, raising questions about whether he was going to be a good fit for this team and whether he fits into the style that head coach Scott Brooks plays like. That is in the past now, as this season George seems like he has been part of the team for a long time. He is playing in such a way that allows Westbrook to do his thing and average triple doubles, while allowing George to be able to provide the amount of points he does.
Look for George to continue to his success of his best year as the season winds down to an end. I would not be surprised if George ends the season averaging 30 points a game. With the talent of this Thunder team as well as the success that George is having this season, there is no doubt in my mind that he is being considered as one of the top candidates for the MVP.