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2019 Top 10 NBA Players, #8 Paul George

If you’re looking for the best NBA Players’ biographies, here’s a Paul George Biography you shouldn’t miss.

Paul George Biography: Professional Career

Let’s start with Paul’s stats:

  • 6× NBA All-Star (2013, 2014, 2016–2019)
  • All-NBA First Team (2019)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2014, 2019)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013, 2016)
  • NBA steals leader (2019)
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2013)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2011)

2010-2017 - Indiana Pacers

George Paul began his run at the NBA when he decided to quit Fresno State two years early, entering the 2010 NBA draft instead.

He ended up getting selected as the tenth overall pick by the Pacers, and that very same year, he signed a 2-year deal worth $3.9 million, with an option for an extra two years with the team. Indiana was able to make it to the 2011 Playoffs, and George became one of just two 2010 NBA Draft rookies to be part of the starting lineup of his team, the other was Landry Fields, who played for the New York Knicks.

The Pacers played against a Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls at the first round, and eventually lost the series 4-1.

2011-12 Season

George started this season pretty well as he got invited to compete at the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend on two events: The Slam Dunk Contest and the Rising Stars Challenge.

He finished second at the Slam Dunk Contest, behind Jeremy Evans.

George played all games for his team during this season and helped them to make it to the playoffs. In the postseason, the Pacers played the Magic in the first round. Orlando wasn’t featuring Dwight Howard at the time, and end up being eliminated by Indiana 4-1.

The Pacers were then eliminated by the Heat 4-2 at the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

2012-13 Season

George started his first two seasons as a shooting guard, by after Danny Granger got injured, he began playing the small forward position and became the offensive force for his team during his third year with the Pacers.

On November 2012, George came up with a career-high 37 points in what ended up being a victory for Indiana. And those points included nine three-pointers, which established a franchise record for most 3-pointers scored during a single match, surpassing a mark previously established by Reggie Miller.

This season George got his first All-Star selection, recording 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in 20 minutes for the East division.

At the end of this season, he also received the NBA Most Improved Player honors. The Pacers made it to the postseason, where they managed to defeat the Hawks 4 games to two, making it to the Conference Semifinals, where they took down the Knicks also in 6 games, losing eventually to the Heat at the conference finals in seven games.

2013-14 Season

The Pacers began this season amazingly well with a 9-0 record, the best start in the history of this franchise. This was also the first time that any NBA team started the season with nine straight victories since the Mavs did it back in the 2002-03 season.

George led his team to a 15-1 record, and his good performances allowed him to be named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November 2013. The Pacers ended up doing incredibly well, finishing the regular season with an outstanding 56-26 record.

Indiana made it to the 2014 playoffs, where they eliminated the Haws at the first round for a second straight season. Then, they moved into the second round, where they took down the Wizards in 6 games, advancing to the Conference Finals, where they fell to the Heat in 6. For his significant contributions to the team, George was named to the All-NBA third team, and this allowed the player to qualify for a 30% extension, which made it possible for him to obtain an even better contract with the Pacers.

2014-15 Season

This season marked a low point in George’s career as he sustained a severe injury while practicing with Team USA. This injury forced the player to miss most of the season, playing just the last six games.

2015-16 Season

On December 3, 2015, George was once again named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, ranking fourth in the league in scoring at the time. George was also invited to play at the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, where he turned into the top scorer for the match, scoring 41 points, one shy of the mark set by Wilt Chamberlain back in 1962.

The player was also essential in helping his team to make it back to the postseason. Despite some good performances by George that included 33 and 39-point games, Indiana ended up falling to the Raptors in seven games at the first round. After this, he joined Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016-17 Season

At this point, George was averaging 32 points and 8 rebounds per game and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for April 2017. George and the Pacers were able to make it to the playoffs for the sixth time in 7 seasons, but they found a Cavs team that was led by LeBron James, and Cleveland swept Indiana in four straight games in the first round.

2017-2019 - Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George is a Southern California native, and for this reason, he wanted to play with the Lakers, but he ended up getting a deal to play for the Thunder, getting traded for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo. 

He performed well during his first few games with Oklahoma City, even getting a few team-highs. That good momentum allowed him to be called to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as a replacement for an injured DeMarcus Cousins.

The Thunder made it to the 2018 playoffs, but they fell to the Jazz in the first round in 6 games. By the time free agency arrived, George was still considering making a move to LA, but he was also quite happy with his current situation at Oklahoma City.

George decided to remain with the Thunder for an extra season, even avoiding a meeting with the Lakers. At this point, Paul George found himself signing a 4-year extension worth $137 million.

OKC started the season 0-4, but then George helped his second team in the NBA to win seven in a row. This year, he was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for February 2019, and then it finished third in the voting for the league’s MVP.

The Thunder got eventually eliminated in the first round of the postseason by the Trail Blazers in five games.

2019 to Present – Los Angeles Clippers

Although he had signed with OKC for 4 years, his will to play for his home state was stronger. After the Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard, he knew his destiny was with the second most important team in Los Angeles.

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