May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Paul George (24) dunks the ball as Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (bottom) lies on the court during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 95-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers: Shooting Guard Break Down

Another position where the Pacers looked to make some strides, but could still improve upon.  There’s only two guys at this position, which means the Pacers should look at adding another guy for this slot.  It’s important as well if Paul George plays some time at small forward to have a back up shooting guard that can come in and perform.  The biggest issue with this position is consistency.

Paul George did make some good improvement during the season, especially with his performance at Dallas where he put up 30 points and hit 7 three pointers tying Reggie Miller’s record for made three pointers.  His scoring average rose from 7.8 points per game to 12.1.  His shooting percentages rose as well and at times he just looked more confident playing out there.

His defense was better as well.  With the length he’s added, he could present a problem with smaller shooting guards.  He got 38 blocks this season and looked to get his hands around the ball a few times per game.

But he also seemed to drop off after the All-Star break.  He was voted in to play at the Rookie Sophomore game, and performed in the Slam Dunk Contest.  But he didn’t have much scoring after the break and didn’t always have a hand on the offensive side.  That’s the biggest area to improve upon is George’s consistency.  With the limited availability through the shooting guard position, George will see lots of time and has to take advantage of that.

Dahntay Jones is another guy who plays at this position, but his minutes seemed to go down as the season wore on.  He had some good performances when he came in to play.  But nothing stands out, which is why I think the Pacers could look very deep at adding this type of player.  Someone who could come off the bench and score at this position.  If the Pacers can find that through the draft or through free agents, this will go a long way.

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