It wasn’t the honor that Pacers coach Frank Vogel wanted for his young wing defender. It wasn’t the final goal of Paul George either. But both were happy that George was recognized for his talents, being named today to the All-Defensive Second Team, an honor voted upon by the league’s head coaches.
“I’m happy for Paul to be named 2nd Team All-Defensive team as a third-year player,” said Vogel. “It’s very, very impressive. It’s very, very deserving. I think he’s a 1st Team member myself. I think he will be a 1st Team member for many years to come.”
The ever-humble third-year wing was glad to be honored, but also sees this as something to build on.
“It feels good,” said George. “I take a lot of pride in my defense and playing defense. So that recognition, it’ll make me work to make 1st Team next year.”
This makes the third major honor for George. He preceded the All-Defensive nod with the Most Improve Player award and his first All-Star appearance.
Here is how the voting broke down. (via The Point Forward)