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Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  13 responses

Paul George Ready to Be the Pacers’ ‘No. 1 Guy’


Danny Granger will re-join the Indiana Pacers on the court next season, but his spot as the teams’ leader has been taken over by Paul George. The young stud says he’s training to cement his place atop the Pacers’ food chain. Per the Indy Star: “Paul George didn’t envision himself as a leader when he attended USA Basketball’s camp last year to scrimmage against the U.S. Olympic team. But when he returned to the national team minicamp in Las Vegas last month, the feeling was different. He arrived with an All-Star selection, as winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award and recognition as one of the league’s elite all-around players. He’s now the player expected to lead the Indiana Pacers to their first NBA title. George said Thursday during a visit to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health that he’s reveling in it — and that showed in his play against some of the league’s best players this summer. [...] George looks forward to Granger’s return, but he understands this is his team after leading the Pacers within one game of the NBA Finals. ‘A lot comes with that,’ George said. ‘This whole summer, I really trained being the go-to guy and the lead guy for our team. Last year, we still had Danny and did not know the results (of Granger’s injury) coming into the year. I had a role that I had kind of prepared for and trained for. This year, it was more about training to be the No. 1 guy and lead this team.’ USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo declined to comment in detail about George’s performance this summer but left little doubt George will get strong consideration for the U.S. team at next year’s World Cup in Spain. ‘He made a big impression on us last year and then he enhanced his position big-time during the NBA season,’ Colangelo said. ‘The versatility he shows in his game makes him a very interesting player. He can guard at any position. He has great upside to his game. Great character. I like him a lot.’”

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    Pretty sure he already is their No.1 guy.

  • DAMN!

    George has the potential to be on the MVP talk next season, and there is little doubt he will improve every year…

  • Steve8312

    Paul George was already their number 1 guy when Granger was out.

  • The Seed

    Trade Granger for a real starting point guard. George Hill is a shooting guard. He missed alot of passes against the Heat and does not know how to set up players well in their sweet spots. David West would definitely appreciate it, Hill cannot throw a good post pass.

  • LakeShow

    I’m assuming a beastly year.

    22-8-5-2-1 47%

  • bike

    Better go hit the gym LeBron. This guy is going to give you fits.

  • jessedogg

    Its gnarley to think that a “beastly” year is not quite as good as a LeBron year. I agree with you.. big year coming up.

  • LakeShow

    Well yeah we all know Bron is on another level.

    Honestly I feel PG is capable of Bron #’s,(not the 55%FG’s) but he’s not a natural distributor so they might as well just have a point guard instead of try to turn him turn into a Point-SF.

  • patrick

    waaaay better than Granger..no contest

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    Trade Granger for a real starting
    point guard. George Hill is a shooting guard. He missed alot of passes
    against the Heat and does not know how to set up players well in their
    sweet spots. David West would definitely appreciate it, Hill cannot
    throw a good post pass.

  • Basketball_iQ

    Don’t forget Danny Granger avg’d 25ppg at one point,,,,,,

  • Armando

    Co-sign. Thought that all of last season. I like Hill. But a lot of the time the only reason some of his passes produced buckets was because Hibbert and West have so good hands, not because his passes were even close to on target.

  • Armando

    Also don’t forget Corey Maggette once averaged 22ppg and Dana Barros 21ppg,

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