Last season, Danny Granger missed most of the season with a knee injury. Most Indiana Pacers and NBA fans in general thought the Pacers would have a rough season, and couldn’t do much without their leader and main source of points. Well, Indiana proved all the doubters wrong when they were only one game short of the NBA Finals. The team came together after Granger fell to injury, but probably the main reason they got that far was because the play of the man replacing Granger, Paul George.
George’s stats have gone up each of his first three seasons in the league so far, and that is most likely because of his increased playing time, especially last season with Granger out. George averaged 17.4 points, 4.1 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game last season in 37.6 minutes a contest.
Head coach Frank Vogel recently talked at a local community center in Indianapolis where he talked about his career a little bit. Vogel sat down for a 90-minute session, where he said he believes George’s skills aren’t his best attributes, but his heart and determination are a key reason for emergence as the face of the young team.
That statement really says something about George. When you are so committed and passionate about something, and work so hard at it, you’re supposed to succeed just like George has. Every team needs someone like that to go where the Pacers want to go, and I’m sure they’re glad to have him on board.
Whether George starts at SF (natural position) or not this season, he is set to have an even better year than last. After a full summer of building muscle and working on getting better as a player, you can’t expect anything less.