by Reed Weber
Paul George of the Indiana Pacers is a physical freak. In his second season in the league he has shown growth in just about every statistical category. Oh and he grew two inches over the past summer. As if being a 6’8 shooting guard wasn’t big enough, he now stands 6’10 yet has the skills of a slasher, similar to Kevin Durant-a bonafide superstar. This year he has upped his point total to 12 from 8 in his rookie year, rebounds bumped to 5.5 from 3.7 and a combined 2 steals/blocks per game.
The kid is a game breaker. He has improved his three-point stroke and worked on free throws over the summer. A legitimate threat from anywhere on the court, he oozes franchise player potential and the Pacers are well aware of his very bright future. Coming out of Fresno State, George “slipped” to 10th in the draft behind Ekpe Udoh, Gordon Hayward, Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson. I’m sure if given a chance for a redraft each respective team would surely try to move into the Top 5 to snag this guy. Overlooked no more, George is taking the league by storm and All-Star weekend will only magnify his recognition. He is sure to pull some cray dunk out of his sleeves and soar above the rest of the competitors (literally.) With a developing, young nucleus of George, Collison, Hibbert, George Hill and plenty of cap space—look for the Pacers not only to remain near the top of the standings in the Central now but for years to come as they establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with King George leading the way. Tell Lebron there’s a new king in town.