The debate about Paul George and Victor Oladipo will never die

We have never stopped debating the James Harden trade, even though it’s clear at this point that you should never trade a talent like James Harden, even if you have talents like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and even if you still nearly make the NBA Finals a few years later.

I fear we may never stop debating the Paul George-Victor Oladipo trade, either.

I mean, it’s a victory for the Indiana Pacers and general manager Kevin Pritchard that we call the Paul George-Victor Oladipo trade now — anything less would be rude, and who wants to be rude to Oladipo? Sunday was a perfect distillation. First, Oladipo led the the Pacers to an 18-point beatdown of LeBron James and the Cavaliers. It was James’ first loss in the opening round since 2012. And it felt nothing like a fluke. The Pacers are good, and Oladipo had 32 points on 11-19 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

This result gave those disposed to criticizing the Thunder’s offseason and Russell Westbrook’s leadership an opportunity to grandstand … until like 10 minutes later when Oklahoma City took the court in Game 1 against Utah and Paul George transformed into Playoff P before our eyes.

Playoff P had 36 points on 13-20 shooting (8-11 from three!)

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