Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has taken his game back to the high-level we were used to seeing before his leg injury last summer. It was reported before the season that George would spend time at power forward when the Pacers wanted to play small ball. However, thanks to the versatility of C.J. Miles and Chase Budinger, George is able to shine playing his natural position, while they play at the No. 4 spot.
The Pacers seem to be getting the most out of PG-13 so far this season. From his small forward position, George has averaged 24.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Candace Buckner has more from the Pacers' All-Star and head coach Frank Vogel discussing George’s importance in the team’s new system:
- “’I’ve been at the three,’ George said. ‘They’ve been putting C.J., Chase; those two have been taking the load at the four spot, and for me it’s just been giving me an open field just with more space, more room to break my guy down and create.’ … ‘From day one it was about his comfort level,’ Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ‘He’s our franchise player. This whole team is built around him. We’re putting him in certain spots, and if he’s not comfortable in certain spots, we’re going to tweak it to make sure he is. That’s just the best approach for any team.’… ‘It’s my job to put (George) in a position to have his best season,” Vogel said. “You want to build your team around your best player. So that’s what we’re doing.’”