Russell Westbrook thinks Paul George has been one of the NBA’s best players this season.
The Thunder star told reporters Wednesday he believes his teammate is the “front-runner” for the 2018-19 MVP, two days after George tallied a 47-point triple-double in a win over the Trail Blazers.
“The way he’s playing (is) consistent,” Westbrook said, via ESPN. “To be able to do the same thing every night is not easy to do. I think a lot of people around the world that don’t play basketball, that don’t play sports, don’t understand what it takes to be consistent and get your mind right every night to be able to do something.
“So, for him to do that and stay on the path to do that, he’s definitely the front-runner for my MVP.”
George is averaging career highs in points (28.7), rebounds (8), assists (4.1) and steals (2.3) this season. He’s shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from 3-point range.
The five-time All-Star signed a new four-year, $137 million contract with the Thunder this summer.
The Thunder will enter play Wednesday in third place of the Western Conference with a 37-19 record. Westbrook took home the MVP in 2016-17.