Brian Windhorst says that Paul George’s 4-year, $137M deal with the Thunder is PG giving Oklahoma City a giant hug.

A year ago to the day, almost to the minute, the Oklahoma City Thunder took the biggest risk in the 10-year history of the franchise.
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There’s obviously a pressure to win, and the Thunder’s disappointing 48-win season a year ago did not go according to plan. They figured they’d have something better to sell George on in terms of success, but with some bumpy on-court chemistry and a devastating injury to Andre Roberson, the Thunder fizzled in the first round. George assured everyone he didn’t have a championship-or-bust mindset. It was about the long term — what could be built, how they could grow.

That was done by some expert analyst on TV and suddenly, the bar was impossibly and unfairly raised. Matching Young with a two-time MVP only because of their shared size and shot selection is like always comparing one white player to another white player.

Then came draft night, and the Hawks swung Jarius Wright Jersey a deal with the Mavericks, giving Doncic, the legendary European teenager, to Dallas for Young and a top-5 protected 2019 first-round pick. That trade went down in Atlanta like unsweetened tea. Fans wanted Doncic, someone that few ever saw play except for video highlights, which of course always edit out the bad parts.

As for Young? Everyone saw him on TV Ronnie Harrison Jersey and all his faults. He finished poorly in college despite leading the country in scoring and assists (a first), is barely six feet tall and needs to toughen up on defense (like most rookies).