Countdown to NBA 2019: Most Valuable Player Candidates, #10

We’ve made it to the top-10! The NBA season is so close and we’ve reached the MVP candidates that sportsbooks believe have a real shot of winning the MVP award. Today’s MVP candidate is the man that came in 3rd place in the MVP voting last season.

#10 Paul George

Paul George has always been a very good basketball player but that all changed after the fall of 2014. In a Team USA scrimmage on August 1st, 2014 Paul George took a bump while protecting the basket and landed awkwardly. When George landed, he made contact with the basketball stanchion and subsequently suffered a compound fracture in his leg. It was once of the more disturbing injuries we have ever seen on a basketball court and thus I will not be providing a link to the video. As I mentioned though, George would change after this injury… to become even better. Since the injury, George has made 4 consecutive All-Star games, been named to the All-Defensive team 4 times, the All-NBA team 4 times, and was the Steals champion last season. In fact, last season was George’s best season as a pro yet! Playing through nagging injuries, George averaged a career-high in points (28.0 per game!), steals, assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. Had it not been for the stellar play of 2 players we have not yet mentioned on our countdown, George would have been the league’s MVP last season. Looking ahead to this season, George will be playing for a new team. During this offseason, George was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers in a blockbuster trade that will shake-up a new-look Western Conference. George looks to build off of a season in which his PER was 23.32 (league average is 15.00), an efficiency rating that placed him at #22 in the NBA. Unfortunately for George, he had offseason surgery on his shoulder that looks to impact when he will be able to take the court for his new team.

George is currently at +1600 (Bovada) to win the NBA MVP award. Do you think George will win the MVP? Let me know in the comments below!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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