George's ninth NBA season, and his second with the Thunder, was arguably the best of his career. The Fresno State product led the league in total steals (170) while being named to his second All-NBA Defensive First Team. He was also named to his sixth All-Star team. A previous four-time All-NBA Third Team member, George was voted to the All-NBA First Team in 2018-19. Despite playing roughly the same number of minutes (36.9) per night as the four previous seasons, George averaged better than six points per game (28.0) more than he did in 2017-18 (21.9). George finished second in the league in scoring, trailing only Houston's James Harden. He sunk nearly four threes (3.8) per night in addition to shooting 83.9 percent from the free-throw line. George reached the 40-point plateau on seven occasions, topping out with 47 points in wins over the Nets on Dec. 5 and the Blazers on Feb. 11. In the latter contest, George also tacked on 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his lone triple-double of the season. Despite nursing a shoulder injury down the stretch, George continued to take on a heavy workload in Round 1 of the postseason when Oklahoma City fell to Portland in five games. In that series, George averaged more than 40 minutes per night and produced 28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest.2017
The 2017-18 season marked George's first in a Thunder jersey following an off-season trade between Oklahoma City and the Indiana Pacers. He played in 79 games for the Thunder, averaging 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 36.6 minutes per game. As a result of his strong play, George was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the fourth time in his career and was selected to his fifth All-Star Game. George played in six playoff games and topped the 30-point mark in three of those contests, including a 36-point effort in the playoff opener against the Utah Jazz. He made a career-high 19 field goals while scoring a season-high 43 points against the Nuggets on Feb. 1. He scored at least 30 points in 11 games, topping 40 points on three occasions. George dropped 40 points on Memphis on April 11. He came close to a triple-double in perhaps his best game of the season when he scored 42 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists Nov. 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers. He grabbed a season-high 13 boards while scoring 24 points against Boston on March 20. On Nov. 25, he recorded a season-high 10 assists against Dallas. George scored 36 points while dishing out nine assists and grabbing four boards against Minnesota on Dec. 1.2016
George again shone as one of the brightest stars in the league in his seventh season with the Pacers. He averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game while registering his best shooting marks from the field (46.1 percent) and from the charity stripe (89.8 percent). George also posted per-game averages of 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals. The veteran solidified his place as one of the game's top threats from deep, averaging 2.6 three-pointers per game -- 12th-most in the league -- and shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc. He registered 11 double-doubles on the season, including a 36-point, 10-rebound performance against the Hornets on March 6 in which he also dished five assists. On April 2, George scored a season-high 43 points against Cleveland, adding nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals. He was selected to play in his fourth All-Star Game and scored 12 points in 22 minutes in the midseason showcase. George was at his best at the end of the regular season, averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in his final six games. He was consequently awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for April. With a strong finish, Indiana qualified for the postseason as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Though the team was eliminated by Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs, George played well, posting per-game averages of 28.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.8 steals.2015
After missing most of the 2014-15 season while recovering from a broken leg, George returned to All-Star form in 2015-16. He played a career-high 81 games and logged 34.8 minutes per contest, proving that his leg injury was well behind him. George posted the best scoring season of his career with 23.1 points per game and ranked eighth in the league with a career-best 2.6 three-pointers per contest. He also registered strong peripheral numbers, averaging 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Defensively, George remained one of the best wing defenders in the game as his average of 1.9 steals per contest ranked ninth in the NBA. On Dec. 5, the veteran scored a career-best 48 points against Utah, knocking down 8-of-11 attempts from deep while adding eight rebounds and three steals. The performance was one of three games of 40 or more points he registered during the season. George collected 15 double-doubles on the season, including a 32-point, 14-rebound performance in a win over Detroit on Jan. 2. In a game against Houston eight days later, he tallied a career-best seven steals and scored 20 points. George's defensive excellence landed him a spot on the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for the second time in his career. He was also named an All-Star for the third time and scored a game-high 41 points for the Eastern Conference in the February contest. Finally, George claimed a spot on the All-NBA Third Team for the third time. In the postseason, George averaged 27.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals in Indiana's tough seven-game opening-round series loss to Toronto.2014
Disaster struck prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign. While scrimmaging in Las Vegas with the USA Basketball Men's National Team, George landed awkwardly after fouling James Harden on a play at the rim. He suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg and was carted off the court. Soon thereafter, George underwent surgery during which a pin was inserted into his broken leg. The superstar was expected to miss the entire NBA season, but he fought to return prior to the end of the campaign. On April 5, George made his return against the Miami Heat, who had eliminated Indiana from the playoffs in each of the previous three seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward led the Pacers to a win in his comeback contest, scoring 13 points and drilling a trio of three-pointers. Indiana won each of the following four games in which George played, demonstrating the importance of the All-Star forward to their success. Overall, George averaged 8.8 points in the six contests in which he played. He chipped in 3.7 rebounds while making 1.5 treys per contest. Most importantly, he showed that he was fully recovered from his unfortunate leg injury.2013
George's star continued to shine in his fourth season in the league. He began the campaign with a 24-point, six-rebound, five-assist performance in the Pacers' opening game Oct. 29. Soon thereafter, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Nov. 4-10 in recognition of a four-game stretch in which he averaged 24.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. George continued his sterling play throughout that month and emerged with the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award. Overall, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged a career-high 21.7 points on the season while adding 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was again one of the top ball thieves in the league, ranking fifth in the Association with 1.9 steals per contest. On top of that, he upped his average to 2.3 three-pointers per game, 16th best in the league. George scored a career-high 43 points against Portland on Dec. 2, converting seven three-pointers and chipping in three rebounds, three assists and three steals. In recognition of his production, George made the Eastern Conference All-Star Team and was selected for the All-NBA Third Team for the second straight season. He was also placed on the All-NBA Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. Behind a 56-26 regular-season record, Indiana made a deep run into the playoffs, but they were stopped by the Miami Heat for the third consecutive campaign. George nonetheless performed well in the postseason, averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals in 19 games.2012
Seven games into the 2012-13 season, George shifted from shooting guard to small forward. He remained in that position as the Pacers' starter for the remainder of what proved to be a breakout campaign. On the season, George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest, all career highs. He ranked eighth in the league with 1.8 steals per game and 10th with 170 total three-pointers. The Fresno State product registered his first career triple-double with a 23-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist performance in a win over the Hornets on Feb. 13. George received a host of accolades for his outstanding regular season. He won his first Player of the Week award in December and was elected to his first All-Star Game. At the conclusion of the campaign, he was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, was elected to the All-NBA Third Team and made the All-NBA Defensive Second Team. In the postseason, George led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, though they were eliminated by the Miami Heat for the second straight year. As in the regular season, George was a breakout star during the playoffs, posting per-game averages of 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals. He notched his first career playoff triple-double with a 23-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist outburst against Atlanta in Game 1 of the opening round.2011
Paul George opened his second season as Indiana's starting shooting guard. He maintained that role throughout the campaign, starting all 66 regular-season games for the Pacers, with his lone appearance at small forward coming in the team's final contest. George's numbers jumped considerably over his rookie campaign as he posted per-game averages of 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He also emerged as a threat from deep, averaging 1.4 three-pointers per game and shooting a healthy 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Fresno State product found himself in the national spotlight during All-Star Weekend as he participated in both the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest. In the playoffs, the Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before succumbing to the Miami Heat. In 11 postseason contests, George posted per-game averages of 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.2010
When Paul George was selected with the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, he became the highest draft pick in Fresno State history. He played 61 regular-season games during his rookie campaign, 19 of which were starts. George averaged 20.7 minutes per contest and posted per-game averages of 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also racked up 62 steals to rank third on the team. George's all-around skill-set earned him a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team. In the postseason, George started all five games during Indiana's opening-round loss to Chicago. He posted per-game averages of 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 steals over the course of the series.
June 24, 2010Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2010Signed a rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers.
July 6, 2017Traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
July 6, 2018Signed a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
July 10, 2019Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 2021 1st-round draft pick (via Miami), a 2022 1st-round draft pick, a 2023 protected 1st-round draft pick (via Miami), a 2024 1st-round draft pick, and a 2026 1st-round draft pick. Oklahoma City received the right to swap 1st-round draft picks in 2023 and 2025.