Nobody really cares about “… of the Month” awards. They’re like the Cable Ace Awards of the NBA. Still, Paul George has been ballin’ out since Halloween, his team is tearing up the league and the NBA recognized that by handing him the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for November 2013.
It’s a nice little feather in the cap. And one usually reserved for LeBron James. The King took home five of the six trophies handed out last season (with Carmelo taking April honors), and he has won a mind-blowing 18 of the past 30 awards handed out since the start of the 2008-09 season. (Including November 2013, there have been 29 months of awards, but 30 people have won since James and Dwyane Wade shared the accolade in December 2010.)
So by winning the first trophy handed out this season, George becomes just the sixth player not named LeBron to win since November 2008 — a month when the first Twilight movie ruled the box office.
The other interesting aspect of this, presuming there is one, is that there is a definite reason to think this month, too, should have belonged to James.
His numbers this year have been astronomical, with some starting to wonder if LeBron might create the 60/50/80 Club this year — a tweak on the traditional other-worldly shooting club of 50% on field goals, 40% on three-pointers and 90% at the free-throw line.
Zach Harper pointed out the disparity between George and LeBron’s numbers so far. It’s not that Paul’s aren’t great; it’s just that LeBron is shooting sixty goddamn percent.
Obviously the “committee” that selects Player of the Month, as noted by Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, are weighing team success. Indiana was the better team, easily, in November. So Paul gets the nod.
It’s Player of the Month, so too many words have already been wasted here discussing it, but Tom Haberstroh (b.k.a, Tom Haberstromile) brings up an interesting point.
LeBron went pretty much 60-50-80 while averaging 26-6-5 but he didn’t win Player of the Month. MVP is open, folks.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) December 4, 2013
Charles Barkley and Karl Malone each stole MVPs from Michael Jordan.
I don’t know that Mr. Haberstromile is fully correct here, and obviously Paul George needs to keep this up until April to truly be in consideration, but it seems that if these Pacers continue to barnstorm the NBA and George stays this deadly on both ends, he could get the real trophy at the end of the year.