Paul George emerging as a Top-3 superstar in the NBA
Paul George started to make his name heard during the 2013 NBA Playoffs, when he uplifted his performance both on the offensive end and on defense. Now, he is continuing and giving more of the same to his team. In fact, this season he has emerged as a true superstar. At this point, we can fairly state that George is close to the level of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Of course, at the age of 23 will still need to solidify his position and continue to play like he currently does with consistency. A player can’t be judged by a single playoff series, not even a full regular season. Nonetheless, there is really no sing of him slowing down at this point.
George is currently averaging numbers way above his career-averages and he does that every night. The 24.9 points per game he is putting up are almost double than his career-average. He is also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 39.4 percent from three-point range. All of these numbers are above his career-averages.
But even during last season’s playoffs, George showed how dominant he can really be. During the Indiana Pacers’ matchup against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Finals, many times he shadowed LeBron James. George was able to play almost perfect defense against the King and on the other end of the floor he was surging. Many times, he was the one all the fans and the media characterized as the most dominant one. That was a big surprise, as he was matched up against the MVP of the regular season, LeBron James.
Paul George took advantage in the best way of the absence of Danny Granger. With him sidelined due to injuries for the most part of the previous season and all the way into the 2013-2014 season, Paul George took Indiana on his shoulders. He is now gradually becoming the leader of the team.
A bunch of teams will now regret for letting him slip at the 10th overall spot during the 2010 NBA Draft. He has been separating himself from his entire class and he is showing that he could easily be the No.1 pick of that year.
With the course George’s performance is now taking and due to his constant improvement, one has to wonder how high the ceiling is for him. Can he continue to grow as a player and improve his outputs? Can even surpass Kevin Durant and maybe LeBron James?
The answer to these questions of course is unknown but we will witness this evolution during this season and the next ones, too. What the 23-year old guard will have to work on now is to build character and find consistency. That’s how he will establish himself at the pantheon of the NBA players. That’s how Paul George will establish himself as a true superstar. That’s, after all, the difference between a superstar and just another over-performing player in the NBA.