It’s the start of week 3 in the NBA, but I am ready to call Paul George one of the candidates for Most Valuable Player. With the success he’s enjoyed in averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, the Pacers are the lone undefeated team. It’s not just those stats that tell the story, but the confidence he’s playing with that shows what George can do. He’s a guy that made the leap last year from guy on the team to the man on the team. Now he’s even making a bigger leap as the all around game has shown.
It’s not just the offensive stats that speak volumes for George’s game, but his defense as well. I’ve said before, how many players on a team are asked to be strong on both ends of the floor? You know Lebron James is in that category, but after him, who else do you throw out there? That’s why I know that Paul George has to be in that discussion for Most Valuable Player.
I also wonder even if James has his usual success in his game, if voters wouldn’t be swayed to vote another direction. It was that way with Michael Jordan, who probably could have won every year he was in the league. Lebron James is already the 4 time MVP, so maybe this is the year that voters think about looking to someone else. The competition is out there for Paul George as Kevin Durant has come on strong this season. Kevin Love looks to be his usual double double machine. Just to name a couple of other players that should be considered.
I’ll go once again to the question do those guys do all they can for their teams? Or is it more offensive based? That’s what drives the NBA to where it is. You know people enjoy the big scoring games. The pretty no-look passes. The slam dunk off a big steal. Those are highlights, and the more you’re seen in that regard, the more you’ll be considered for any award. This is why things could go against Paul George in a way. Is there a way to measure how well he defends against the top player on the other team? Is there a way to show what a difference he really makes out there? I do think the more that this idea gets thrown out there, the more voters will look towards that. He might not win the award, but at the end of the season, you’ll hear his name in that conversation.