Right now, excuse Magnum Rolle, but I think he is just going to be a backup power forward for right now. Nothing big, but no offense. Right now, let’s talk about the other draft picks. With the tenth pick, as we all know, we were for sure going to draft Gordon Hayward if it weren’t for the Utah Jazz. As much as I hate to say it, they were indeed going to do that.
With Ekpe Udoh and Hayward gone, it took the pressure off of Indy as they probably had to choose between guys like Xavier Henry, Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis, and Paul George. From the draft and on, the workout warrior in George seemed unexpected. It looked as if Indy would pick the sharpshooter in Henry, who has ballers from all around the family and it’s in his genes. As for George, he was a second-team WAC and a guy that really doesn’t look like he won’t be drafted by a team like Indy. But as David Stern went up to the podium, he announced the pick: “With the tenth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers select Paul George out of Fresno State.” As I was at the draft party, I liked the pick. As for everyone else, they were still bummed out that Hayward was picked by Utah.
At 6’8″ and about 210 pounds, it would seem George will play small forward and be a backup towards Danny Granger. Nope. I actually think he has a chance at starting at shooting guard. That’s what I expect. It will be like Tracy McGrady, and like what Micky Deming said on an earlier post in his second part of his Draft reaction. And it worked out well for T-Mac. I mean, look: he is 6’8″ and 223 pounds. He was so good in his prime. Just truly amazing. Many don’t see George doing so, but I do. He’s fast enough and played some guard back at Fresno State when he was playing with the Bulldogs. He is pretty good from three-point range and has great accuracy. George had averaged 16.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 2.2 SPG. You have to love that. At guard, he will be an excellent rebounder. If he starts, he will be one of the best rebounding guards in the league. You don’t think it’ll work? Come on: he’s 6’8! Rajon Rondo had a bunch of games of over ten rebounds and that guy is only like 6’1″. I expect George competing with Dahntay Jones for the starting spot there.
I see a lot of good coming for this guy. I wish him a lot of good. Next up will be Lance Stephenson. Yeah, I lied. I am talking about him in the next post. Sorry.