During the 2012-13 season the Indiana Pacers got blown out by the Miami Heat in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. George only had seven points in that game but the Pacers would be contenders in the East. The following season the Paul George and the Pacers came out on fire. They lost one game in the first two months of the season and George averaged 23 ppg, 6 rpg while shooting 47% from the field and 40% from 3-point range.
We were ready to crown Paul George as a superstar. However as the season went along the Pacers flamed out and George’s numbers dropped. They lost to the Heat in six games during the Eastern Conference Finals and it was back to the drawing board. In the summer of 2014 George broke his leg during a scrimmage game with Team USA. George returned to play in six games but the Pacers finished 38-44 and missed the playoffs. During the off-season David West left for less money and Roy Hibbert was traded.
After a season off George was returning to a different team and we all wondered how long it would take for him to return to All-Star form. The Pacers started 0-3 and George failed to score at least 20 points in four straight games. All of a sudden it clicked and George was quickly back to All-Star form and maybe even at that Superstar level. His offensive rating is the highest it’s ever been at 110. His defense is still elite. He scored at least 25 points in eight straight games which was a career best. He would go on to score at least 20 points in 13 straight games, also a career best. For the month of November George averaged 29.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.3 apg while shooting 47% from the field, 49% from 3-point range and having a true shooting percentage of62.5%.
George was mostly overlooked by casual fans because Steph Curry was out of his mind and the Warriors took a while to lose. Most experts picked the Pacers to struggle this season and miss the playoffs. Right now the Pacers are 3rd in the Eastern Conference at 15-9. They are 2nd in point differential only behind the Cavaliers.
Although his shooting percentages are down in December he still managed to score 30+ points multiple times and scored a career high 48 points. His numbers across the board are still at a career high. He’s being overlooked by the casual fan but some experts have picked him second in MVP behind Steph Curry. After a devastating injury Paul George has bounced back and he's closer than before to that superstar level.