Thunder Notes: George, Westbrook, LA bonding

Paul George brings a wide variety of positives to the Thunder.

With the addition of Paul George, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s offense will expand, the defense gets tighter and the second unit improves.

So says Erik Horne of the Oklahoman in an excellent breakdown of the new-look Thunder.

“Before George even plays a game, his acquisition is being viewed as a win, an addition that changes the Thunder just by having him on the roster,” Horne wrote.

It all starts on offense, as George proved during his career with the Indiana Pacers that he can score inside, outside, over, under, sideways — you name it.

George averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, and while the Pacers were swept by Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs, many felt it was his best season yet.

As for defense, Horne wrote, “Adding a three-time All-Defensive Team selection to the NBA’s 10th best defense per 100 possessions last season can’t hurt, right?”

And what about the bench?

Well, as Thunder forward Enes Kanter points out in Horne’s article, a talent like George opens things up for everyone and improves depth all around.

All of this and we haven’t even mentioned George will be playing alongside Russell Westbrook, a walking triple-double and the reigning NBA MVP.

When it comes to George, no one probably put it better than longtime OKC big man Nick Collison.

“I think that guy is the perfect guy to add to our team,” Collison said.

Here’s more out of Oklahoma City:

  • The Thunder players will assemble in Los Angeles this week for their annual summer workouts, as Fansided pointed out. And yes, George will join — as will newcomers Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson.
  • The upcoming season playing next to George will determine Westbrook’s legacy, according to a Thunderous Intentions column. “What people forget is the Thunder weren’t actively competing for a championship; their goal going into the season was to bring Russell Westbrook the MVP,” the website wrote. But with George on board, OKC is expecting to return to contention.

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