Paul George’s basketball career was at a crossroads following the gruesome injury he suffered in the buildup to Team USA’s 2014 FIBA World Cup campaign. Many people thought he’d never be the same. His brief cameo during the ensuing 2014-15 NBA season did very little to dispel the notion that his best days might’ve been behind him. Fast forward to this season, George has been on an absolute tear. The Pacers are not the East challenging Pacers of old — the departures of Lance Stephenson, David West and Roy Hibbert to name a few, have drastically altered their ceiling. They do however still possess Paul George, who along with Monta Ellis can make things interesting in any 7-game series.
George has been his usual two way self for the East’s 7th ranked team. Terrorizing defenses with his range, freaky athleticism and never-ending motor. Regardless of the overall outcome of the Indian Pacers season, this year has been a complete success for Paul George. His game is back, he’s an All Star once again, and the pains from the awful night in 2014 can finally be laid to rest. With Monta Ellis and promising rookie Myles Turner, the Pacers are once again a few pieces away from truly contending with the upper echelon teams out East.