LA Clippers: 2 areas Paul George could improve on to enter the MVP race

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul George is having the best year of his career so far for the LA Clippers this season.

He hasn’t, however, been getting any love for the NBA MVP up to this point. It’s tough to figure out why, considering he’s been carrying his team with nightly elite performances.

There are a couple of areas that he has a little room for improvement, however, and can enter that MVP conversation as soon as he progresses there. He should be one of the leading MVP candidates regardless, which is frustrating. He’ll get there, however, if he works on these two aspects of his game.

Paul George will finally get the respect he deserves if he becomes a better facilitator and turns the ball over less.

Paul George is a good passer, but could be even better for this LA Clippers team. We know he can be better, because he’s only averaging 4.9 assists per game (all stats in article are as of entering Sunday night’s game). That’s of course a good number for someone with his role and position, but we’ve seen him be better with his assist number in the past.

Just last year he averaged 5.2 assists per game. Of course, PG hasn’t had as much to work with out there on the court with the amount of injuries to his teammates that he’s had to deal with. He can do it, however, as he’s already overcome those obstacles to have an amazing year in so many other areas.

One thing that PG13 can definitely be better with, as well, is ball security. PG is currently averaging the most turnovers per game that he’s ever had (4.4 per game).

He’s got more responsibility as a facilitator this year now that he’s the No. 1 option, but we’d still like to see some of those turnovers become assists. He’s certainly capable of it, and it’s still early in the season. He’s definitely going to get the chance to improve in these areas, and I think he will.

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After all, it wasn’t too long ago when we were looking at the way he was shooting the three-ball and asking for improvement. He answered, and has answered doubts all season. PG has done a tremendous job overcoming adversity this year, and will continue to do so, regardless of whether he gets the hype he deserves or not.