May 22, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) dribbles the ball past Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) in the overtime of game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. The Heat win 103-102. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George Named to All NBA Third Team

Looks like the recognition keeps coming for Paul George as the All NBA Teams were announced.  George received enough votes to be voted on the third squad, which is saying something about his game, and how far he’s come along.  He’s already been named the NBA’s Most Improved Player, and received some votes in the NBA’s Top Defensive Player award.  Joining an All Star season, this has been quite the year for Paul George. I wasn’t sure if he would have made this big of jump this season, but he did.  He improved his game so much, and has started to show that promise of a superstar type player for the Indiana Pacers, something they haven’t had since the days of Reggie Miller.  If there was ever a time to compare him to Miller, it was last night when he drilled a three pointer to tie the game right at the end of regulation.  It was quite a Miller moment, and from the looks of Paul’s game, we could expect to see plenty more of that for the years to come.

I would imagine if Paul’s game continues to grow, he’ll show up even higher next season for the All NBA teams list.  He needs to continue to improve in the passing game, but when that’s the downfall of Paul’s game, I think things are moving along quite nicely.  He’s been praised by Coach Frank Vogel for his defensive ability by being the best defender on the Indiana Pacers.  We’ve seen him hit for triple doubles in the season, and with that improved passing, that could be a trend for him. He’s had big scoring nights, and big rebounding nights.  He’s doing it all for the Pacers when they absolutely need it.

This is just another feather in the cap for George, and like I said, I look forward to many more feathers coming his way.  TIme to take notice of this budding superstar the Pacers are growing.


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