LA Clippers: Paul George finally noticed for consistent elite performances

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

Paul George has been having the best year of his career this year, and the LA Clippers are finally starting to win some games.

The Clips are on a four-game winning streak, and all four of those wins came last week. In that week, PG13 averaged 26.3 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 7.3 assists per game, and 1.8 steals per game. There aren’t many players in this conference who can put up those types of numbers, and the league finally took notice.

PG took home the Player of the Week award, as quite literally nobody was able to out-produce what George was able to do. PG13 hadn’t been getting the attention he’s deserved this season, but finally is under the spotlight.

Paul George is answering doubts as to who he is as a No. 1 option in this league.

Paul George has been carrying the LA Clippers through adversity this season.

The Clippers have been dealing with so many injuries all year, and the one consistent force has been George.

Serge Ibaka has been out or limited all year, Marcus Morris Sr. has been out for a long time, Keon Johnson just got back, Jason Preston is likely going to be out a long time, and so is Kawhi Leonard. Through all this, George has put up 27 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game, and 2.7 steals per game. He’s shot 46.4/35.8/87.8.

PG has been dominant in their places, and has proven that he can play at an MVP level as a No. 1 option on a championship contender. Of course, this is still just the regular season, but he has objectively played up to that level so far this season. Hopefully Leonard will come back soon and he won’t even have to, but George’s efforts through adversity have been one of the most underrated stories in basketball this season.

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Finally, his story isn’t going untold with the league reminding everyone about how good PG was last week. There will be many more Player of the Week honors for George if he continues to play like this.