Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was announced as an All-NBA third team selection on Thursday, according to the team’s official website. This is George’s third significant honor over the past month, as he received the league’s Most Improved Player award and was voted on to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team.
This is the Pacers’ first All-NBA selection since Jermaine O’Neal‘s selection in 2004 to the second team. George is the first Pacers player to be win all three awards in the same year and only the second player in team history (alongside Ron Artest) to be named to an All-NBA team and the All-Defensive team.
George, who is just 23 years old, joins James Harden, David Lee, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade as third team selections.
After Danny Granger suffered a preseason knee injury that would sideline him for most of the year, George took control of the team’s perimeter scoring duties and blossomed into an up-and-coming star. George was able to increase his production in just about every meaningful category as he set career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.
His defense, though, is what has really elevated his status among the league, as the All-Defensive second team selection will attest to. George is often asked to defend the opposition’s most talented wing player on a nightly basis. That’s continued into these playoffs as well, as he has been checking the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
George received a total of 73 points in the All-NBA voting process.
Brandon Curry is an NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow Brandon on Twitter @ByBrandonCurry