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Paul George Traded From Indiana Pacers To Oklahoma City Thunder

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With all the speculation of Paul George going to the Lakers, a new twist has emerged. Paul George has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving them an instant boost in the betting odds for the upcoming NBA season. ESPN is reporting that in exchange for Paul George, the Thunder will send Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers.

How Will George and Westbrook Blend As Teammates?

Technically Paul George plays the same position as Westbrook’s former teammate Kevin Durant, but logic would tell you that there would be no battle with regards to who is the Alpha-Male of the team. With Westbrook being the league’s MVP, as well as playing for the Thunder his entire career, there is no doubt that the Thunder is Westbrook’s team.

The goal of Paul George should be to blend seamlessly into the system. This move will also ease some of the load off Westbrook, as he’ll now have a very capable scorer to play alongside just like he once did with Kevin Durant. If we take a look at Paul George’s numbers in the 2016/2017 season we’ll see that he averaged 23.7 points per game, 3.3 assists, and 6.6 rebounds. These are clearly All-star level statistics.

Is Paul George A Willing Passer?

For a guy that is used to having the ball in his hands quite a bit, Paul George has never averaged more than 4.1 assists in a single season. At the small forward position, you have a guy like Lebron James who has never averaged under 5 assists in a season and in fact averaged over 8 assists in the 2016/2017 season. This is not to knock Paul George as a selfish basketball player but to highlight the fact that he’s going to have to trust his teammates more when playing for the Thunder if they are to blend as a team.

Let’s not forget the tongue lashing he gave his team-mate CJ Miles after he took the last shot instead of him in the final seconds of the first round playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Does this sound like a guy that will blend with another ball dominant player like Russell Westbrook? Only time will tell how this all unfolds, but if there is anyone that will need to accept a secondary role it should be Paul George.

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