It has been two years since the LA Clippers traded for SG / SF star Paul George.
A majority of fans were more than happy with what this business brought to our franchise. I myself.
I understand the Clippers traded huge loot to acquire PG13, however, the trade for George has proven to be beneficial for the Clippers so far for several reasons.
Looking at the past two years, the LA Clippers deserve an A- for the Paul George trade.
The positives of the LA Clippers’ trade for Paul George stand out a lot.
For starters, he had a really great regular season last year for the team. He was an All-Star and All-NBA selection for the Clippers, and did it in spectacular fashion.
He reached a career-high 46.7% in the field and was 0.1% off his career-high three-point percentage he had in his debut season with the Clippers (41.2 %).
In the 2020-2021 season, he tallied 6.6 rebounds per game after already having had a solid average in the 2019-2020 season at 5.7. He started improving as a passer last year, distributing 5.2 assists per game.
He’s still part of the defensive elite, averaging 1.3 interceptions per game during his career with the Clippers.
Also, it’s worth addressing the naysayers who seem to think George can’t make it in the playoffs.
In 2020, George disappointed in the playoffs. They acted like he was the only Clipper who seemed to shrink in the playoffs, which wasn’t true, but he didn’t play as well as we hoped when we made the trade.
In 2021, however, naysayers didn’t have as much to say. George scored 26.9 points per game in the playoffs last year, 9.6 rebounds per game and 5.4 assists per game, as well as one steal per game and a percentage of 44.1 FG.
Now, PG had a few hiccups in certain clutch moments, which these same naysayers ran with. He repeatedly missed free throws in the Western Conference final. Despite George’s overall numbers looking good, he could have been better.
That being said, there is something that PG has also done is not get the credit he should, and that’s handle the weight that has been shed on his shoulders.
When Kawhi Leonard fell after a series of Western Conference semi-finals tied 2-2, PG was tasked with carrying this team with no other stars at his disposal. He improved his game even further, scoring 29.6 points, 11 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in the eight games without Leonard in the playoffs. He still shot 43.8% from the field.
While George may have had ineffective Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals and may have missed a few important free throws, it’s worth noting what he has. made to do. He made do awesome things without Leonard in the playoffs.
So maybe George hasn’t been perfect in the playoffs with the Clippers the past two years, but he’s had too many good times to claim the trade wasn’t worth it. Especially considering the type of player he was in the regular season.
And yes, the Clippers had championship aspirations when they traded to George to put him together with Kawhi. Yes, the team disappointed in 2019-2020, but still improved from the previous year. And they obviously improved on that this year.
The consistently disappointing Clippers narrative is flawed. The team has improved every year since George has been here.
Of course, we want a championship, and we didn’t want the performance that George gave us in the 2020 playoffs. Okay, so the trade doesn’t get an A +. However, it deserves an A- because of the progress made by the organization. To made with Georges.
In addition, we are only in the second year, so we have plenty of time to realize our great aspirations on behalf of this team.
I understand we traded good players to get George. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a good player and has improved since we traded him. Danilo Gallinari is also a good player.
However, the Thunder didn’t win a playoff series in 2020 and were one of the worst basketball teams in 2021. They certainly didn’t benefit from the trade, unlike us.
They took five first-round picks from us in total, which is a lot, but I don’t know if all of those picks are going to fix the mess the Thunder are right now.
Not having a pick had an impact on our squad, but we proved this year in the draft that we know how to trade and get good value like we did with Jason Preston and Brandon Boston Jr.
Our problem of not having a lot of picks in the draft can be solved. We don’t know the draft picks we sent to the Thunder will end up changing their franchise.
Of course, it would be nice to have SGA and those draft picks. Again we had to give up a lot for PG and that part wasn’t fun. The trade was not perfect, but we still enjoyed it for sure.
Although this is not an A + chord, it is still an A- chord. I would absolutely do it again if we could, and I can’t wait for the Playoff P to keep proving me right.