Nov 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) dribbles the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 98-84. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George versus Reggie Miller: Best Pacers Player Ever is....

Nov 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) dunks the ball against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George. Reggie Miller. Who is or will be the best Pacers player ever? I’m ready to answer this right now. Some might say it’s too soon to answer this, but I say, this is what sports people do. We talk up something to death, and then talk about it some more.

Bold Statement: Paul George is the better Pacers player right now AND will go down as the best Pacers player ever.

To some, this might not be so bold when you really step back and look at this. Paul George has one area of his game where he excels over the beloved Reggie Miller. Defense, defense, defense. Paul George has to go out some nights and guard the best player on the other side. Look at the playoffs of last season and see who George had to face in each round. Josh Smith of his then Atlanta Hawks. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Finally, Lebron James of the Miami Heat. That’s who George was guarding for most of his time on the floor. I love Reggie Miller, even this site is named after him, but most nights, Miller didn’t have to worry about the best player on the other side. I will give you the 1998 Conference Finals going against Michael Jordan. That was probably the major time we saw Reggie Miller have to step up his defense and at the same time step up his offense.

To Reggie Miller’s credit, he’ll be known for his playoff performances. Paul George hasn’t quite built up that part of his resume. He disappeared a few years ago in that playoff series against Miami. Last season was really his first major time playing in the playoffs. To his own credit, he went out and got a triple double that first game of the playoffs. When I saw that, I thought, Paul George is going to be something. For all athletes, they are judged by postseason success. Just talk to former Indianapolis Colt, Peyton Manning. He got one ring and plenty of whispers around here went away. Talk to Lebron James who went out and got two rings to silence plenty of critics.

Now if Paul George can carry this team to the Finals and somehow win it, all conversation is done. I would go to say that even getting to the NBA Finals would help his cause plenty. I’ve even said now, I’m ready to call it done, which shows how much I believe in Paul George and where his game is going. This tweet sums it up best about Paul George’s career when it’s all said and done.


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  • metalhead65

    Paul George is a great player and will continue to improve and may very well be the best Pacer of all time but as of now that is Reggie Miller. I don’t care if George is the better defender Reggie gave this team what it needed which was scoring and leadership. Reggie got the pacers to the finals and they should have gone to another if not for refs calling phantom fouls on the pacers so Jordan and his bulls could get to another finals. George had his chance last year against the heat and did not come thru when they needed him. until he does then Reggie is and always will be the man for the pacers.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      Well you could say George gave the Pacers their scoring last season, and this season he’s already 6 points ahead of last season’s scoring averaging. That defense is what makes this Pacers team who they are. They’re built upon the defense of Paul George and Roy Hibbert, so you can say Paul George is giving them what they need in that regard. I love Reggie Miller, but he’s not playing defense like George can, and if that’s an advantage for George so be it. I will give you that game seven was a wash for the Pacers and especially for Paul George. But for the Pacers to be in that game seven and the way George had to be strong against Lebron James that whole series is saying something as well. I don’t think anything was going to stop that Heat team in game seven. You could have had Reggie out there, and the Heat were still winning that game. I will say that this postseason could do a lot for George if he’s able to carry the Pacers to the NBA Finals just like Reggie did.

  • John Allen Reave

    It’s too early to say yet. A lot can happen over the next 12 years while PG is in the league. When PG retires, then let’s compare them.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      What kind of sports guy would I be if I didn’t start comparing them right now? Look at the comparing that’s been happening between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The sport guys STILL look for stories to compare between the two. I understand a lot can happen, but I still strong believe in my statement.

    • Najeero

      My thoughts exactly. I dont like when they make comparisons when the players career isn’t even over yet. Besides, PG hasn’t even been a starter or in the league that long.

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  • Scott Martin

    I love Reggie Miller. one of my favorite players of all time. I don’t think he should be a hall of famer though. I found this by googling best pacer player ever and I completely agree. while it may be too early, if pg keeps playing up to his potential it won’t even be a close comparison when all is said and done.

    Reggie Miller was a star. Paul George is a superstar.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      While I appreciate the sentiment about Paul George, I will have to disagree about Reggie Miller and not being in the Hall of Fame. Miller’s career is definitely Hall of Fame worthy, especially when he consider how he was able to step up his game so much in the postseason. If that’s when you’re judged the most, Reggie was able to surpass those tests plenty. He might not have got the ring, but that just puts him at the level of Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, and such. Guys that had those great careers, but couldn’t get over the hump of a championship.

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  • Najeero

    Reggie Miller, Mel Daniels(ABA), George Mcginnis(ABA), Jermaine O’Neal, Roger Brown(ABA), those are my Top 5 Pacers so far, but PG is in the Top 10.