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There is no debate that Paul George is the best player in Los Angeles right now

Paul George's work deserves more recognition, especially since he has helped lead the Los Angeles Clippers to title contention without Kawhi Leonard.
LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard

LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard

The debate on which team between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers is the current king of L.A. is still up for debate. The Clips have the edge, as they have held better records and advanced further in the playoffs in the past three seasons. But as for who the best player in La Land is, that has to be Paul George.

Recognizing PG's work in LA

Los Angeles-based radio host Justine Termine recently made a case for George, stating that although LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard may have had more decorated careers so far, George's body of work this season deserves more recognition.

"So I tweeted out 'LeBron, Kawhi, Anthony Davis, all that talent in L.A., and the best forward in town is Paul George,'" Termine said. "And maybe more than that, I should have tweeted out, 'The best player in L.A. is Paul George' - not just the best forward.

People somehow took that as a shot at Paul George, like he shouldn't be mentioned in that category. Well, historically, he's not mentioned in the category of those guys. He's not shooting the number of commercials that those guys are. You got LeBron and Anthony Davis on every package of Ruffles you try and buy across the country.

"Paul George didn't make the league's top 75. LeBron did. Anthony Davis did. Kawhi Leonard did. Paul George didn't, and Paul George's been better. It's about time, I think, now that we recognize it. The best player in L.A. right now is Paul George, and I'm not really sure there can be a disagreement. I'm not really sure you could argue that at this point."

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Even though the 6-foot-8 forward has not been a champion or an MVP, what he is doing now makes him much better than the other L.A. stars - and it's not even close.

Notably, he has led the Clippers to a 7-5 record, allowing them to be right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. The fact he is doing it without Leonard, for the most part, has been impressive. The seven-time All-Star has held down the fort admirably, taking charge of the Clips' offense, particularly in clutch situations.

Can the Lakers star catch up?

As Leonard doesn't seem likely to recover to full strength this season, only James and Davis have the chance to dethrone George from the seat.

But don't expect that to happen anytime soon - not when the Lakers are a long way away from contending for a spot in the postseason. The only team worse than them is the rebuilding Houston Rockets.

James has also shown that father time is already catching up to him. Even when he was healthy this season, the 37-year-old performed underwhelmingly. He also holds the worst plus-minus among all Lakers players this season.

As for Davis, he appears to be on the mend from the injuries that have plagued him in recent seasons. But even if he is averaging 23.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest in the 2022-23 campaign, his presence doesn't exactly instill fear in opponents' hearts. Defenders have been able to sag off him because of his inefficient jump shot, which has contributed to the Lakers' stagnant offense all season long.

Evidently, George is many steps ahead of all three of them at present. If anyone tells you otherwise, ask them to watch a Clippers or Lakers game and see for themselves why PG-13 deserves more recognition.

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