The Oklahoma City Thunder were thought of as a huge disappointment last year. After making it to the playoffs, the Thunder surprisingly got swept in the first round by the Utah Jazz. Donovan Mitchell completely outplayed Russell Westbrook, but that didn’t stop Paul George, who was traded to OKC with one year left on his deal, from re-signing with the Thunder.
Many people believed that he would leave, especially after what happened in the playoffs. But instead of going to the Lakers, like most NBA fans expected of him, Paul George decided not to leave Russell Westbrook alone again (like he was when Kevin Durant left).
After Paul George re-signed, he has been getting multiple interviews regarding his decision to say in OKC, as well as his status as a teammate with Westbrook.
The two players have played some great games alongside each other this season a lot more than last season. An example of this was OKC’s recent 2-point win against the Nets: George sank the game winning shot and finished with a staggering 47 points and 15 rebounds. Westbrook, on the other hand, also put up a great stat line, as he finished with a triple double: 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 17 assists. Right at the conclusion of the game, George was asked about his chemistry with Westbrook. He said that Westbrook made him feel more comfortable. The former Indiana Pacer followed that up by saying:
He makes the game so much easier to play.
Him opening the city up, opening the team up, he just made me feel more comfortable.
This was pleasant to hear, as Westbrook has received some recent criticism based on his team chemistry.
Westbrook is averaging 22.7 PPG, 10.2 RPG, and 10.0 APG. This could be his third straight year averaging a triple double. Paul George is averaging 24.3 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 4.3 APG. The two superstars are one of the greatest duos in the current NBA.