My player review for the 2010-2011 season will resume shortly, but in the meantime let me share love for Paul George in ESPN’s latest 5-on-5 in which they discussed NBA shooting guards.
One of the questions was “Who’s the most promising shooting guard in the NBA?”. While most predictably picked Indiana native Eric Gordon, the Pacers’ own Paul George got some mentions too.
Mark A from ConnII, the only TrueHoops guy that did not pick Eric Gordon, wrote: “Paul George. He’s 6-foot-8, is extremely athletic, has range, can take you off the dribble and his defense on D-Rose in the playoffs was probably second to only LeBron. He has got tremendous potential. You could see him in a dunk contest and/or a 3-point shootout very soon.”
Noam Schiller from Hardwood Paroxysm picked Gordon, but also mentioned George and Evan Turner as players he has affection for.
Not bad for a kid that averaged just 7.8 points in his rookie year. The question is, are they overrating PG’s potential? Sure he long, athletic, defend a little and is a silky smooth finisher at the rim, but he still has a long way to go in terms of finding consistency on his jumper and learning the nuances of the game. It’s entirely up to him as to whether he can live up to the lofty expectations.