Clippers player-by-player report cards for the 2021-22 season
Key statistics: 24.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, a career high 5.7 assists and a career high 2.2 steals. Missed 53 games, largely due to a ligament tear in his right elbow. Shot 46% on two points and 35% on three, his lowest accuracy since his rookie season in 2010-11.
Contract status: Three years remaining, the last a player option; owed $42.4 million next season.
The wait for October 21: In Leonard’s absence, to resume his Indiana role as the all-around leader of a roster with an All-Star.
The reality on April 16: George lived up to expectations – when available. After entering the Most Valuable Player discussion in the first six weeks of the season, the elbow injury derailed his next three months. The Clippers’ offense ranked first once he returned late in the season, but he couldn’t push them into the playoffs after missing the season-ending loss while in the health and safety protocols.
The future: As with Leonard, George remains a fundamental part of the team’s plans to chase a championship. And as with Leonard, those dreams will only be possible if George, 32 next season, stays healthy.