Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer
When Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his leg on August 1, 2014, the Indiana Pacers fan base felt like it had just lost everything. Their star player was going to be out for the foreseeable future, and the team was going to struggle without him.
As expected, the team missed the playoffs, after George missed 76 of 82 games in the 2014-2015 season. And worse, George had to be carried off of the court with a calf injury in the final game. It wasn’t a good way to end the season.
Lo and behold, George wasn’t giving up on something he’s chased his whole life: winning the Most Valuable Player award, and winning the NBA Finals. He worked all summer long, strengthening his legs, working on shooting and dribbling. The question was whether or not it would pay off.
It did. He won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the first month of the season, and through 20 games, George has averaged 27.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 8.2 rebounds per game. Each of those stats surpasses his career averages, and he’s in the race for MVP, though it will be rather hard to win it over Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP.
George is making 45% of his 3 point attempts, an incredible stat that will be key to watch for in the future.
“It’s insane how he’s been making so many 3 pointers,” said Sam Philpot, 11. “I can’t wait to watch him in person at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”
For Pacers fans, seeing George on the floor at all is a wonderful sight. But seeing him single handedly dismantle opponents has been truly phenomenal.