The ​Oklahoma City Thunder​ have been superb to start the 2018-19 season, posting a 21-12 record and occupying the third seed in the Western Conference. While ​Russell Westbrook draws most of the headlines for the team, and rightfully so, it's actually been his teammate, ​Paul George, that has carried the team this year. 

PG13 is having the best season of his career this year on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He's being disrespected around the league by every last basketball fan and pundit who still considers him a "second option." At this rate, he absolutely deserves to be in the MVP race. 

​​The Thunder forward has averaged 26.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting from the field, burying 3.4 three-pointers per game at a 39 percent clip. He's averaging a career-high 8.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as well, and has been outstanding on defense, adding 2.2 steals per game to his typical on-the-ball work along the perimeter.

His contributions in multiple facets of the game have elevated the Thunder, making them one of the best teams on both sides of the ball across the league. George is playing efficiently and effectively this season, and has never looked better throughout his nine years in the league. 

The Thunder look ready to make a big splash in the playoffs this season as they have held their own in a dangerously potent Western conference. Much of that is due to the elevated play of Paul George, yet he doesn't receive the attention he deserves for his performances. 

In the month of December, Paul George has averaged 31.1 points per game, including back-to-back 43-point outings and a 47-point performance. Time to give him his due.