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Paul George | Guard/Forward | #13

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (10) / IND
Contract: view contract details
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Paul George posted a monster line vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, five steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
We won't overreact to the preseason, but it looks like George, Russell Westbrook (20 points on 9-of-13 FGs) and Carmelo Anthony (16 points on 7-of-17 FGs) are going to coexist just fine. George led all Thunder players in minutes with 35, finishing 7-of-19 from the field with four turnovers. There's nothing wrong with taking him in the second round of drafts even though his ceiling isn't as high as previous years. Oct 10 - 11:49 PM

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Paul George netted a team-high 22 points during Sunday's preseason win over Melbourne, adding seven boards, three 3-pointers, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

The shooting wasn't great as George went just 5-of-17 from the field, but it's nice to see him aggressive with all the talent around him, and it's worth pointing out that he's been operating with a 29.2 usage rate through the preseason thus far. The new Big 3 in OKC might take some time to mesh, but PG-13 shouldn't have much trouble flirting with early-round value on his new team.
Oct 8 - 6:35 PM

Paul George scored 25 points with four rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

While it is worth a mention Russell Westbrook only played the first quarter, George looked comfortable next to him and mentioned it after the game. "He’s going to make the game so much easier for me," George said. He also guarded Anthony Davis in this game, and coach Billy Donovan looks like he'll have PG-13 in some tough defensive spots. Even with a decreased usage coming, George is still worth an early-round pick.
Oct 7 - 12:34 AM

Paul George scored 15 points in his preseason debut with the Thunder on Tuesday, shooting 6-of-13 from the field.

George and Melo both attempted 13 field goals in limited action, but it will be interesting to see how well these superstars mesh when usage-rate monster Russell Westbrook (knee) is in the mix. George added five rebounds with two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. His ceiling isn't as high as previous years, but he's still being drafted consistently in the second round.
Oct 3 - 11:41 PM

Raymond Felton, Andre Roberson, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Rockets.

Russell Westbrook (knee) is still recovering from his PRP injection, so Felton will be manning the point guard position in his absence. Billy Donovan indicated that new additions PG-13 and Melo will play their usual minutes during the first half, but they might not take the floor at all after halftime.

Paul George said the Thunder have "already proven everything on my check list."

"That's what makes me feel like, 'Hey, this can be a landing spot for me, and somewhere I can call home for years.'" George added that winning was above the Lakers on his list of priorities, so it certainly sounds like he's more than open to staying with the Thunder past 2018. "Winning takes precedence over all of it. That's the ultimate happiness," he said. "It's not location. It's not stardom. It's not 'where can I make the most money.' It's winning, and winning championships."
Source: USA Today
Sep 25 - 9:38 AM

Paul George said he's "going for" the MVP award in 2017-18.

Context is important here and he was asked about the award, and this wouldn't be the first time a player has said he wants to win MVP -- it won't be the last either. Quote aside, it's going to be a tall order for PG-13 to contend for MVP as he joins Russell Westbrook, who just set the record for usage rate in his MVP campaign. George is a fantasy target at the end of the second round or early in the third.
Source: NBA TV
Sep 15 - 10:42 PM

Pacers owner Herb Simon said the Pacers are not considering any legal action toward the NBA or the Lakers regarding the recent decision and penalty concerning tampering charges.

"We agree with the NBA’s findings and we want to put this issue behind us," Simon said in a statement. "Even though the Pacers were put in a tough position, we feel extremely fortunate to end up with two exceptional players in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis." The Lakers will be after Paul George in a big way next summer, but don't expect many public statements in the next 10 months.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 6 - 4:21 PM

Paul George was non-committal when asked if he still wanted to join the Lakers in 2018.

"We’ll see," George said. "I’m a Thunder, and my job is to give them the best I have this year and see what happens after that." He previously said that he would have a hard time leaving OKC if the team advances deep into the playoffs, so Thunder fans can start sweating if they don't make it past the second round. George has still been going in the second round in most early fantasy drafts, but his upside isn't as high as previous years since he's playing next to a usage rate monster in Russell Westbrook.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 27 - 10:54 AM

The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Aug 20 - 3:35 PM

The Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, according to NBA writer Peter Vescey.

He adds that Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss were asked to turn over any correspondence pertaining to George. Johnson did appeal on Jimmy Kimmel and joked about meeting George, so that may be part of the tampering charge. This story is still developing.
Source: Patreon
Aug 20 - 12:28 AM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been working out together this week in Los Angeles.

They have been joined by several other Thunder players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott, at a gym on the UCLA campus. Both Westbrook and George will have to adjust their games and sacrifice a bit offensively next season. Westbrook's record-breaking usage rate will have to come back down to earth a bit. George will also attempt fewer shots playing alongside the league's reigning MVP and leading scorer.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 11:19 AM

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said the Pacers could've got more in the Paul George trade with the Thunder.

Wow. The Cavs were reportedly trying to get a deal together with Kevin Love and possibly other pieces for PG-13, but instead the Pacers went with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. A report from ESPN said "Indiana backed out" of the possible deal, as well. The PG-13 deal also went down before the Kyrie Irving trade demand, so maybe Gilbert's comments have something to do with that. Whatever the case, this is a very interesting quote from an NBA owner.
Jul 26 - 4:57 PM

The Cavs reportedly nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George, but the Pacers backed out at the last minute.

"Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal." This report isn't quite as discouraging as the Jimmy Butler rumor because it was the Pacers who ultimately pulled out of the deal, but the Cavs not making any obvious improvements this offseason has to have LeBron James at odds with Cleveland management.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 19 - 10:41 AM

Before the Pacers traded Paul George to OKC, they offered him to the Warriors in exchange for Klay Thompson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Warriors obviously declined, and the talks died there. Thompson is locked up for two more seasons, whereas George will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nonetheless, it's fascinating to think about the lineups the Warriors could have rolled out this season had they acquired PG-13.
Jul 14 - 10:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Russell Westbrook
2Raymond Felton
SG1Andre Roberson
2Alex Abrines
3Terrance Ferguson
SF1Paul George
2Kyle Singler
3Josh Huestis
PF1Carmelo Anthony
2Patrick Patterson
3Jerami Grant
C1Steven Adams
2Nick Collison
3Dakari Johnson