May 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) goes up for a shot past Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) during the third quarter in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George wants to get physical

If Paul George were a Dungeons and Dragons character he’d have +5 agility, +4 speed, +10 dunking but his weakness might be -1 physical. However PG looking to roll a 20 on his character creation sheet this summer and improve his physicality and finishing near the rim according to the Indy Star’s Mark Ambrogi.

“I plan on being a lot more physical this year,” George said. “I really plan taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. That’s the next step for me.”

And he certainly needs to. Last season out of the guys who played at least 18 minutes a game, PG was ranked 57th on Player PPG on Drives with 3.2 points. He drove to the hoop about 4 times a game. Along with working on improving his finishing ability adding a post game wouldn’t be a bad thing either. He’s been rather average in close range situations which is fine, but George wants more.

The 6-9, 220-pound George, in his fourth season, averaged 21.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting last season. That was an improvement over his 17.4 scoring average on 41.9 percent in the 2012-13 season.

Of all the offensive plays he used last season, George posted up just 4.9 percent of the time (109 out of 2,203 times).

George made a mere 27-of-90 shots (30 percent) while posting up, and had just one “and-one” opportunity from those post ups.

George created a turnover from posting up 8.3 percent of the time and also drew a foul 8.3 percent of the time.

We’ll see what the results are but George has improved year-by-year in the NBA so far and if he’s dedicated to adding another tool to his game then it could be the next piece to him becoming a superstar. We know he’s one of the league’s best defenders but his lack of reliable offense has been a easy target for his critics. George has show his willingness and his ability to take big shots from deep but improving his finishes would make him an even deadlier weapon for the Pacers.

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  • Earl Malmsteen

    The sky’s the limit. If he can really improve in these areas he could put up 27 a game. Seemed like a lot of opportunities were wasted this year when smaller guards were switched onto him and he wasn’t taking advantage.

    • Realist

      Couldn’t agree more. The number of times he had Chalmers, Cole or even Wade switch onto him and not convert it into buckets was frustrating.