As much as we have bragged about Paul George since I created this thread, the "jury" is out on his game and ascent to stardom considering the 2014 season. It shouldn't come as a suprise either. He's not Lebron, Chris Paul or Kevin Durant...yet. There's a possibility he never will be. He's not the stat stuffer that superstars typically are. Then again, neither is Kobe Bryant. But it's blasphemy to even compare him to Kob'. But I am comparing their approach/mindset, which doesn't correlate to the monster numbers we've come to drool over the elite perimeter players of the league.
Here's how I dictate how dominant a player is: How good are your bad games? In the case of Lebron, he virtually doesn't have a bad game. It doesn't exist for him unless he's shooting a very low field goal percentage and/or not taking shots, like last years Finals. Bron on a bad night looks like 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals on 5-17 shooting.
Paul George on the other hand:
January 1, 5, and 7 against Toronto, Cavaliers, and Toronto respectively: 12, 8 and 3. 16, 5, 6, and 1. 11, 2, and 2. Underwhelming, to say the minimal. Kobe, Durant, Bron, Paul, and Lillard don't have games like this virtually ever. And yes, there's many factors for that reason. However you want to slice it, they impact the games in more stratified ways...offensively. Paul's gift is that he can be the most explosive offensive weapon in the Eastern Conference (aside from Bron) but also be it's best defender, also like Bron.
As I said before, he's what Scottie Pippen may have looked like had Jordan never existed and was given the reigns of a team. Of course, we'll keep tracking him. The kids a star. And right now, he's second to Kevin Durant if the MVP was given today. With Miami playing for 2nd and Russell Westbrook coming back soon, the narrative of the 2014 season might direct its attention back to George and Indiana, quite soon.
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on Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:57 am, edited 1 time in total.