The Indiana Pacers remain the only undefeated team in the NBA through five games and All-Star Paul George is the biggest reason behind Indy’s early success. The Pacers execute very efficiently as a team but Paul George is one man they cannot do without. George ended last year after a highly impressive playoff effort against 4-time MVP LeBron James. This year, he’s quickly started to build off that performance. It’s now safe to classify Paul George as an NBA superstar.
Through the first five games, George is averaging over 25 points and eight rebounds, along with four assists and 1.8 steals. He’s also made over three three-pointers per game. As the season moves on, the stats will dumb down a bit and probably look something like: 22 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and nearly a pair of steals. The Pacers don’t need Paul George to score 25 points a game to be the best team in the East. PG24 impacts the game in so many different areas that scoring is just one of the several necessities he provides his team with.
From his outstanding court awareness to his tremendous defensive ability, George is going to be a true MVP candidate as long as nothing holds him back. Winning games is huge when taking into account the MVP of the league. If the Pacers can finish above Miami in the East, Paul George will garner an extraordinary amount of recognition around the league. Ultimately, it’s completely possible he could end up taking LeBron’s throne if the Pacers finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
I’m well-aware that even if the Pacers do finish better than the Heat, it’s still going to be extremely tough to beat out LeBron James for MVP. Nobody has come close in the last two years. That’s because nobody makes the same all-around impact LeBron does. There’s Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony with their scoring as well as Chris Paul with his one of a kind-point guard ability. However, even those three players lack many things which LeBron masters.
Why am I saying this? Well, because minus LeBron, Paul George has become the most complete player we have seen in a long time. That will enable George to not only compete with James in the MVP race, but compete with him for championships. We saw how close Indiana came to knocking out Miami last year. With an even better Paul George, the Pacers could very well end up being too much for the Miami Heat, whose title window may be closing sooner than we expect.
Look out below, basketball world. Paul George is quickly becoming a household name in the NBA. To be the best, you have to work the hardest. Paul George certainly has no shortage of fight and work ethic in him. When we’re talking about who should win MVP later on, don’t discount the fully capable Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.
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