Surprised nobody's talked about Paul George yet.
The kid's been balling as of late. Averaging 21, 8 and 3 in the last 5 games and shooting the ball well. You guys think he could keep up the "pace" until Danny Granger returns?
Maybe but Roy Hibbert needs to step up ASAP, it makes no sense how a 7'2 center is shooting 40% every night
Yeah. Hibbert's playing like a hoe.
was whether or not he should be benched after his 0 point game a couple of weeks ago. He had a 30+ point game before his 0fer, and has played real well since. West has been the Pacers best player this year (17 and 8), untill Paul's big week. George Hill has had good counting stats (15 4 and 5), but his shooting % is low. Granger is still probably two months away from playing, maybe after the All-Star break.
People seem to forget the Pacers had the 5th best record in the NBA last year. With a move or a little good fortune, they can work their way into a top 3 seed again and be a tough out for Miami again this year.
I was just about to start a thread on Paul George.
I just got back from the Pacers game and he was very good at both ends tonight. He didn't attempt one free-throw, but I liked his aggressiveness. He was a terror at the defensive end and was strong on the boards.
It's clear that George has the tools to be a very good two way player who has an all-around game. IF he's to be a star though, he has to be aggressive consistently and continue to work on his skill level (footwork, ball handling, passing, etc). I thought he looked very good tonight footwork, ball fakes, etc wise.
Gerald Green looked great tonight too. Everyone played pretty well tonight.
I still think this Pacers team is going to be a tough out against whoever they face in the playoffs. They're a monster rebounding team and they can lock you up defensively. Problem with this team is putting points on the board. I think they need to make a move or two to help at the offensive end.
Not with Danny Granger chucking it up and being the number one option. Although George does need to work on being more efficient, and consistent. He will have a night where he shoots terrible and goes 0-4 from deep (Similar too Batum but not as bad or as often). I would like him to attack more and not settle, especially on those nights. He is an underrated play maker and passer off that dribble-drive. Good at getting rebounds that Hibbert doesn't. Defense. Love me some Paul George.
i said last season that hibbert was overrated and what happened? i got negged.... its very sad that a center shoots even below 44 percent... let alone 40
I don't know why someone would give him a max contract! That is going to be the worst contract in the league if it isn't already. Will that hinder there ability to sign George in two years? Ouch, if it does.
It isn't very surprising at all. I feel like people were expecting George to bud into a star sooner than later and with the opportunity he has began that process. That being said it's nice to see potential realized.
I don't know if it's the pressure of the big contract, he didn't work hard this off-season or what, but Hibbert is having the worst season (offensively) of his career.
Hibbert isn't a star, but he's a better player than this. I think he'll get better as the season goes along. The Pacers are a horrible offensive team period. Vogel has to take some responsibility for this. His sets are trash.
I do feel like a lot of Pauls success will hinge on his teams style of play. I think we would all agree that the offense India runs is atrocious and doesn't mesh with George's strengths that much. They want to be a slow paced grind it out defensive team, but Mr. Hibbert is holding them back with his play offensively. The one thing that concerns me about Pauls game is his lack of attempts at the free throw line for someone who is blessed with the athletic gifts he has. If PG is ever going to develop into an elite all star type of score he's going to half to be more aggressive and get to the line more often. I believe that will come with his continued improvement in his ball handling, to compensate for his lack of that explosive first step.
But the man is workin'
I've felt, for the past year, that Paul George is one most TALENTED players in the NBA. While his production last year was solid, I believed that hed had the tools to be a perennial all star eventually, if he put it all together. He is one of a handful of players who can impact the game on both ends and contribute in every single category (pts, rebs, ast, stls. Blks, etc.). Maybe he's not ready to withstand this kind of production on a day to day basis yet, but I do believe that if he works hard enough he could be a consistent 22 ppg, 8 rebs, 4 ast, 2 stls 1 blk player. Worst case scenario: he'll be the second coming of Derick McKey from the Seattle Supersonics in the early 90's who never quite lived up to his potential, despite being a solid player during his prime.