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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  19 responses

Paul George Named Most Improved Player (UPDATE)


UPDATE: Paul George’s win of the MIP award was confirmed this morning. Here’s how the voting broke down, per the NBA: “George received 311 of a possible 1,080 points, including 52 first-place votes, from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans (146 points, 13 first-place votes) and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders (141 points, 10 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third place vote received. George, who entered the 2012-13 campaign with career averages of 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals, established career highs in each of those statistics — a team-high 17.4 points, along with 7.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals. George was the only player in the league to record at least 140 steals (143) and 50 blocks (51). He had nineteen games with at least three steals, and 29 games with at least one steal and one block. According to NBA.com/Stats, in the 81 games in which George appeared, the Pacers had a +5.9 score differential when he was on the court compared with -2.0 score differential when he was on the bench.”

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Paul George’s breakout season season will culminate in a Most Improved Player award, according to multiple reports. Per the Indy Star: “First came the All-Star Game appearance, and now comes the Most Improved Player award for Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George.The Pacers have called a 10 a.m. news conference on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where George will be named the award winner, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The news conference is open to the public inside the entry pavilion at the fieldhouse. George will join Jalen Rose (2000), Jermaine O’Neal (2002) and Granger as Pacers to win the award. [...] George (17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) thrived in Danny Granger’s absence this season, increasing his scoring average by more than five points a game, his rebounding by two a game and assist by almost two a game.”

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  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Well deserved.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    cant disagree with this

  • danpowers

    congrats

  • Blarmac

    Good choice.

  • i_ball

    Even Kevin Love…

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.ly.1029 Simon Ly

    true just looked at the last decade, possibly only Zach Randolph progressed which was 03-04

  • danpowers

    not all but quite a few. brooks, turkoglu, diaw, simmons, henderson, muresan, barros, one could also argue that some who earned it just peaked by the time of the award, kept playing at that level one more season and then regressed (austin, armstrong, granger). that makes it 7(10) out of 18 during the last 18 years. to me thats fair to say that players tend to regress.

    i hope george wont be one of them tho, he is an exciting player to watch

  • spit hot fiyah

    worst award in the nba, having said that: GREIVIS!

  • LakeShow

    He might not turn into a superstar. At worse he becomes a prime Gerald Wallace though. He has too many skills to completely decline on both ends of the floor.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s already better than Wallace has ever been.

  • Max

    Alot of the past winners were benefitting greatly from the system they played in.
    And all of us knew PG had this in him, I see him improving again next year.

  • LakeShow

    Exactly. So if he regresses slightly, he’ll be a prime Gerald Wallace.
    Quit trying to catch me haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, his arms would probably have to fall off his body for his jump shot to regress that much

  • danpowers

    true

  • danpowers

    mean but true

  • LakeShow

    Wallace at his peak had a nice mid range J and 3 pointer, played great D, rebounded incredibly well, and was a great compliment to an offense while never being the best go to guy.

    It’s not the best comparison, but it’s what I tossed out there haha.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he seemed that way at his peak. definitely had some impressive numbers. but he was in a very free situation, and he was incredible happy. kind of over achieved. but that’s fair.
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    i see George as closer to Tayshun Prince then Gerald Wallace because he has more of a guard like game then a forward. but i see your point.

  • danpowers

    shame on me but i didnt see that b4. i thought he was just raw athletic role player material and was rlly positively suprised by him. and yeah, i think he’ll keep that level and improve further, too.

    i am just supersticious and believe that the award is cursed lol

  • VanCityBBall

    i had vasquez but i can’t argue with this either congrats PG

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