2. Paul George
After winning an Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Paul George should be ready to leap up to the tippy-top of the Eastern Conference this season. He’s got all of the necessary tools–all George needs to do is put it all together.
George averaged 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.4 blocks last season with the Pacers. He played more power forward than ever before but still turned in a fantastic shooting season, making 37.1 percent of his three-point attempts.
With Thaddeus Young added to play the power forward spot this time around, PG-13 will be back where he’s the most comfortable–out on the perimeter. With Jeff Teague also coming to Indiana, the Pacers should be a really strong team next season.
Paul George will be the biggest reason for that. He’s a proven performer in the playoffs, and certainly is no slouch in the regular season either. George still isn’t particularly close to grabbing that number one spot, although that’s no fault of his own.
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