Paul George was a super sleeper coming into the season, and he's lived up to the hype. Some nights have been better than others, and tonight was a goodie.
Danny Granger will take the headlines for leading the Pacers with 32 points in the Pacers 93-88 win over the Nets. But George, who will compete in this year's dunk competition, filled the stat sheet with 11 points (4-8 FG and 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks, a three and two turnovers. It was a bounce-back game after struggling from the field last night in a loss to Cleveland (George hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-6 free throws but finished the night with 11 points and eight rebounds).
This season, George is averaging 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, .6 blocks and 2 turnovers in 31 minutes. He's hit 49 threes in 29 games. His field-goal percentage leaves a bit to be desired, shooting 43.5 percent (he's hitting 78.2 percent of his free throws).
George is rewarding owners who had the foresight to draft him this season. However, he's been mired in a shooting slump in his last five games, hitting just 17-of-56 shots (30.4 percent) and 12-of-21 free throws (57.1 percent). But he's still giving owners the across-the-board production that he's becoming known for.