The battle for Los Angeles is alive and well with both the Lakers and Clippers boasting sensational duos. And according to Paul George, he and Kawhi Leonard not only outdo LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but all the other duos in the NBA as well.
To George's point, he finished third in MVP voting last year, and left Oklahoma City in order to team up with Leonard, who took the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history in his lone season with the team. How do you compete with that?
Here's how: you take the second-best player in basketball history and pair him with a 26-year-old two-way, do-it-all superstar. In other words, you do exactly what the Lakers did over the summer.
Recency bias will point towards the Clippers' tandem, given George's and Leonard's tremendous 2018-19 performances, but it would be unwise to write off The King because of his groin injury and an MVP-caliber player in Davis just because he failed to take his old team to new heights.
PG is starting this season on the sidelines while he recovers from multiple offseason shoulder surgeries, so he'll have to wait a little while before backing up his claims. George will be forced to miss the Oct. 22 season-opening bout between the Lakers and Clipper while he's shelved, but Kawhi will be available and ready to go.
Staples Center will host some outstanding matchups between the two LA teams this year, but PG seems confident that the Clippers' duo will prove superior.