Can Westbrook and George become one of NBA’s dominant backcourt duos?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — NBA elite player Paul George is reaching his 30’s and he wants his legacy to be compared to other the all-time greats. However, George feels that the Indiana Pacers can no longer help him reach his future goals after so many disappointing seasons.
In 2013 and 2014, the Pacers were one of the best teams in the league since the Reggie Miller days, but the Miami Heat beat them in the Eastern Conference Finals two years in a row. Nowadays, it is hard for teams to advance through the Eastern Conference Playoff because NBA megastar LeBron James can dominate on any team.
Nowadays, it is hard for teams to advance through the Eastern Conference Playoffs because NBA megastar LeBron James can dominate on any team.
Also, the Pacers were dealing with in-house issues such as firing the former head coach Frank Vogel who developed George into a star-quality player and turned Indiana into a strong playoff contender. Pacer’s former general manager and NBA legend Larry Bird was the person who fired Vogel and then quits a year later, according to YAHOO! Sports. In 2015, NBA power forward David West decided to play for the San Antonio Spurs and the Pacers abandoned their potential star center, Roy Hibbert.
Now, the seven-year veteran is searching for a change of scenery and he found it in Oklahoma. On Jun. 30, the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for power forward Domantas Sabonis and guard Victor Oladipo, according to The Vertical.
At first, George wanted to play for the Los Angeles Lakers since he is from California, but the Thunder offered him more money and years in their contract.
The Future of OKC
In addition to George signing with the Thunder, reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is currently discussing his supermax deal for the upcoming season.
George is a great scorer in the paint and around the perimeter, but basketball enthusiasts are questioning whether or not he could make OKC good enough to get through the Western Conference. In the 2016-17 season, he averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds, while shooting 39.3 percent from deep and 89.8 percent from the free throw line.
Also, sports analysts highlight good questions about OKC’s team dynamic: Will Paul George add value to the team since Kevin Durant? Can Paul George and Russell Westbrook make the team better? Can Paul George get his teammates involved effectively? Can OKC surpass the Golden State Warriors? How will OKC’s chemistry affect their upcoming season?
On the other hand, Westbrook probably had the best individual season in NBA history, averaging video game numbers: 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds. According to Bleacher Report, Westbrook is a “happy superstar” since OKC traded for George. Already, sports analysts are comparing Westbrook and George to legendary backcourt duos such as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili, and Magic Johnson and Bryson Scott.