Currently, Paul George is not your NBA MVP. LeBron James is playing one less minute per game than Paul, but he still has him licked in points (25.3 to 23.8), rebounds (6.8 to 5.8), assists (6.5 to 3.5) while shooting – holy cow – 59.8 percent from the floor. If LeBron James does not win every MVP from now until 2016 or so, then something will have gone very, very wrong for him.
The fact that we’re considering Paul George as a sound runner-up to the greatest player of his generation, though, speaks volumes. George won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last year while actually not improving all that much – his per-minute stats went up a bit, but basically he just played far more minutes in Danny Granger’s absence while watching his efficiency numbers suffer along the way. George may not have deserved that award, but the turn he’s taken in 2013-14 more than makes up for it.
George is the NBA’s most improved player this year, he’s putting up fantastic numbers this season (along with two steals a game) to pair alongside his typically stellar defense on the wing for Indiana. The Pacers are once again the NBA’s top defensive team, and George has discovered a role in the offense that at times eluded him last year even as he won the MIP – Paul is able to create his own shot efficiently, and consistently.Read More »from Paul George’s MVP-level game is ready to suit up against the dastardly Miami Heat again