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Dennis Schroder: Chris Paul changing Thunder culture

Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder opted for a wide lens when answering a narrow question Tuesday about Chris Paul being named an All-Star as a 34-year-old. 

“He’s awesome,” Schroder said of his Thunder teammate. “He’s one of the best or top point guards who ever played this game.” 

Then Schroder took a step back. 

“He changed the culture here as well — how we’re playing together as a team,” Schroder said. “He’s talking to every one of us every time during games, practices. Even if we’re off the court he talks to us. Leading this group. Obviously he did a lot for us so he deserves it.” 

Paul, who will play his 1,000th career game Wednesday, is averaging 17.1 points, 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in his first season with the Thunder. 

Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked about Schroder’s comments. 

“Chris is obviously an unbelievable competitor, and he has an unbelievable mind for the game and works incredibly hard, but there’s a real humbleness to him,” Donovan said. 

Donovan said Paul’s humble nature has meshed well with a young Thunder core. 

“And I think that speaks volumes to what he’s done in terms of trying to keep everybody on the same page, everybody together,” Donovan said. “I think he’s made everybody feel a part. I think the chemistry of how everybody gets along is really good. And I think he’s obviously been a large part of that.” 

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Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17), Chris Paul (3) and Nerlens Noel (9) celebrate during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder (17), Chris Paul (3) and Nerlens Noel (9) celebrate during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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