Russell Westbrook did so much last season for the Thunder without really having any help, so now having an bonafide all-star beside him in Paul George makes things interesting. The Thunder managed to make it to the sixth seed in the Western Conference with Westbrook doing all the heavy lifting; they should be able to improve their seeding, possibly being one of the top four teams in the conference. George could also help elevate Westbrook’s game, helping him cut down on turnovers and poor shots on offense.
2) George Rumors:
Paul George has been rumored to be linked to Cleveland or the Rockets, deals that would have created yet another ”super team” in the league. Now with him going to the Oklahoma City Thunder, it uplifts a small market team to relevance once again. George is not the player that Durant is but he will still be able to have big games for the Thunder. Now the rivalry between the Warriors and Thunder (Westbrook vs. Durant) will at least be watchable and not the poor blowouts that the games were last season.
1) Eastern Conference:
The downside to this deal is that the Eastern Conference loses another star to the stronger and prominent Western Conference. The Indiana Pacers didn’t receive a star player in return but just young pieces to build around. LeBron James and the Cavs will continue to bully the conference and even if George would of stayed with the Pacers he wouldn’t have been capable of changing that. George to the Celtics would have been ideal but GM Danny Ainge has proven to be rather stubborn, this would have made the Eastern Conference more interesting. But the off season is still young and maybe just maybe this changes soon.