Video: Kevin Durant Says Russell Westbrook, Paul George Have 'Nice Synergy'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George (13) stands next to Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant was asked about the season Paul George has put together for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Durant was complimentary of PG-13 and the "nice synergy" he's built with Russell Westbrook.

"I think PG is just going out there and playing free and understanding what his role is as a go-to scorer for the Thunder," Durant told reporters. "I think him and Russ have got some nice synergy out there, running with their teammates. You're just starting to see him shine bright. I think he's always shown this stuff, but I think he has just more opportunities to do so."

George, 28, is having an MVP-worthy season, averaging 28.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three.

His defense on the wing has also made him one of the best two-way players in the NBA.

With George, the Thunder have a 10.4 net rating, per NBA.com. When he sits, that number plunges to minus-11.2. Oklahoma City scores 112.3 points per 100 possessions with George and just 97.9 without him, while the Thunder allow only 101.9 points per 100 possessions while he's playing and 109.1 points when he isn't.

To put George's value in perspective, Westbrook's net rating is 7.4, and he's averaging a triple-double yet again (21.7 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 11.2 APG).

"I think honestly, it's more so just me being in a comfortable place," George said, per The Oklahoman's Erik Horne. "Obviously, I'm a different player than what I was three, four years ago. I just feel like everything up until this point, I've just learned and kind of just developed into my own. And then obviously, I work hard. I work a lot."

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