Perhaps some of the biggest news this offseason was the trade that brought Paul George to Oklahoma City. The move seemingly came out of nowhere, but the news was obviously an instant hit with the fans, and he was welcomed with open arms.
Prior to arriving in Oklahoma City, Paul George played seven seasons for the Indiana Pacers. George is an incredible athlete, and he’s been very successful in the NBA, despite experiencing a terrible injury in the summer of 2014. George was playing in a Team USA scrimmage when he fell awkwardly and suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula. He had surgery and missed all but 6 games of the 2014-15 regular season, but he came back and had his best season statistically in the 2015-16 season.
Last season, Paul George’s numbers dipped slightly, but he still led Indiana to the playoffs as the eight seed, where they were swept in four games by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since returning from his injury, George has averaged 23.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 35.4 minutes per game. While George is known for his scoring ability, he is also one of the league’s top wing defenders. His defensive capabilities will go swimmingly aside Andre Roberson.
As he did in Indiana, Paul George will wear jersey number 13 for the Thunder, and while some believe that chemistry could be an issue, he seems to be extremely excited for the opportunity to win this season. Not only is he excited for this season, but he indicated that Russell Westbrook’s recent show of loyalty will definitely play a part in his own decision next summer when he enters free agency. Who knows? If this season goes well, Paul George could be teamed up with Russell Westbrook for years to come.
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