Paul George has credited his bond with Russell Westbrook on and off the court as a key reason for this season's career year. His averages of 24.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game are all career-highs.
George also ranks third in real plus-minus.
"I think just the experience and not having to shoulder everything offensively, it's definitely helped..but I do feel I've grown, and just been seasoned, just knowing how to attack, how to play off certain defenses," George said.
George also added that he told Billy Donovan to stop calling plays for him, preferring to find scoring opportunities within the flow of the game.
"I've always been a guy to just let the game come to me...if it's a shot for me, if I can make a play, create for someone else, I'll do that. A lot of times you run a play, everybody's watching, everybody's locked in, everybody's pulling over and it just makes the game tougher for me. I like it when I can kind of manipulate and be on attack mode where they don't know what to do, as opposed to a play other teams [can] scout."