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According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2012-13 season.
George, 22, made his first All-Star Game in 2013, emerging in the absence of the injured Danny Granger to average career highs of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals. Regarded as one of the league’s premier perimeter defenders, George was a key piece in Indiana’s top-ranked defense. He also led the Pacers in scoring and helped them to a 49-32 record, third best in the Eastern Conference.
George is the fourth Pacers player to win the award, following Granger (2008-09), Jermaine O’Neal (’01-02) and Jalen Rose (’99-00).
George received 52 first-place votes, finishing ahead of the Hornets’ Greivis Vasquez (13 first-place votes), the Bucks’ Larry Sanders (10), the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (10) and the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday (10). Some other notable players who received at least a vote: Joakim Noah, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden Kenneth Faried and Brook Lopez.
Unlike the other individual awards that will be handed out this season, there is no real debate to be had, on whether or not George was the deserving winner. He took the biggest leap of any player in the NBA this season.
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Paul George triple-doubled Sunday,helping to lead the Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.
The 107-90 victory was confident as the Hawks at no point looked like a confident match for the Pacers.
George scored 23 points, launched 12 assists and secured 11 rebounds for the Pacers.
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Indiana forward Paul George was honored Tuesday as the NBA's Most Improved Player.
The announcement came less than a week after the 6-foot-9 forward finished his breakthrough regular season and less than 48 hours after he became only the second player in franchise history to record a triple double in the NBA playoffs. He had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the Pacers...
INDIANAPOLIS — Pacers forward Paul George spent the past summer turning himself into a better player. Now he’s planning to dedicate himself to becoming the NBA’s best all-around player.
A few minutes after accepting the league’s Most Improved Player Award, the 6-foot-9 swingman promised to work even harder to attain the biggest rewards of all — an NBA title and perhaps...
Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George has officially been crowned the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013.
The 6'9" third-year forward, who made his first All-Star appearance this year, averaged a team-high 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals (compared to 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals last year), while also destablishing himself...
Paul George looked like a man possessed during yesterday’s game one of the NBA playoffs versus the Atlantas Hawks in Indiana. George finished with his first career triple-double in the playoffs and this intense block was one of them. This play really sums of the day for both teams. The Pacers, led by George looked focused, while Hawks looked pleased to just be there.
Paul George followed his triple-double by scoring a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta 113-98 on Wednesday night.
The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-0 and have won four straight home games over the Hawks. It's the first time Indiana has held a 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals.
George, playing in his first...
The Indiana Pacers announced on Monday night that they will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning.
Danny Granger suited up for only five games in the regular season, and the Indiana Pacers’ leading scorer from a year ago will not back at any point in these playoffs. At one time, Granger was the standout player on a bad-to-middling team, but now his main relevance to the Pacers is to reveal which observers have or have not been paying attention.
Through no fault of his own, the...
The Indiana Pacers cruised past the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Paul George had another strong showing for Indiana scoring a career playoff high 27 points.
George was named the NBA’s most improved player of the season and he came through for the Pacers yet again.
As strong as George’s night was, Roy Hibbert had...
According to Memphis radio personality Chris Vernon, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will be named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Meanwhile the Indianapolis Star reports the Indiana Pacers will call a press conference this morning to announce that Paul George has been named the league’s Most Improved Player. Gasol winning Defensive Player of the Year comes as no...
Atlanta Hawks/Indiana Pacers: Game 1
- This matchup just barely edges out Bulls/Nets as least intriguing first round series, in my opinion.
- The Hawks seem to know they have no shot at the NBA Finals, and they’re just going to play like it. Not a lot of effort.
- Paul George messed around and got himself a triple double. I wonder if anyone’s ever put...