I talked a little bit about what Paul George is doing in my Pacers-Cavs recap, but I wanted to expand a bit more on it. It is only 3 games into this season, but I believe we’re already see the type of leap Paul George can make this season. There’s no doubt that fans had high expectations for George, and George himself expects so much out of himself. He’s averaging 25 points per game, and if he can keep that up more power to him. I personally don’t expect it to be that way, especially when you consider how the Pacers play so much as a team. Even last night, you saw guys passing up shots to make that extra pass. I know Paul George will be the scorer for this team, and if he can even keep up in that 20 point range, I believe that’s fine for the season.
It’s those other things that George is doing that is catching my attention. He’s right around 8 rebounds a game through this first three games, and that’s something I think is underrated about George’s game. He just seems to always get to the ball, I am sure the length he has, really helps that out. Whether it’s grabbing the boards, or tipping it out, most of this Pacers team just has that rebounding down. Paul George grabbed his own 13 rebounds last night to get his first double double of the season. He’s a guy that can probably average that if he really puts his mind to it. He’s a triple double guy as well with the fact that he can dish out the ball if he’s being defended stronger than usual. He’s even a guy that can get to blocking shots as he’s got 5 blocks against the Orlando Magic and another 5 blocks against the New Orleans Pelicans. When I say George can do it all out on the floor, that shows it right there.
But I am even looking at the body language of Paul George as I feel like basketball is that sport where you can tell how guys are doing based upon that. I know stats and figures are ultimately what everyone will judge a player on, but really take a look at a guy out there, and the appearance he’s presenting. I think George is out there being more vocal with other guys on the team. He’s a guy that is fiery when he gets going. He’s a guy that is quick to high five a player when they make their own good play. All those things to me are part of that process to becoming “the man” for the Pacers, and guess what, George is getting closer to that status just a few games into this season. I can’t wait to see the journey for Paul George this season.