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  • better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

    who do you think will end up having the better season between these two

  • #2
    Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

    roy

    his game is farther along.

    this is based on one preseason game though. Paul looked more assertive than last year, but his game still looks the same. almost but not quite there.

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    • #3
      Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

      Paul. He will arrive this year. The three G's are going to get some fame this year.
      Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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      • #4
        Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

        Originally posted by xIndyFan View Post
        roy

        his game is farther along.

        this is based on one preseason game though. Paul looked more assertive than last year, but his game still looks the same. almost but not quite there.
        I disagree that paul's game looks the same. For one thing, he's made better passes in 40 minutes of pre season than I have ever seen him make. His handles look a lot better to me as well. He's not polished yet, but I think he'll make a big jump scoring wise over the next two seasons.

        When I played basketball I had the same problem with handles that Paul had last year. My dribbling was good, but incredibly sloppy. Eventually someone pointed out that I needed to do a better job of keeping my dribble as low as possible to the ground. It took me about a week to get used to that and my dribbling drastically improved. He is dribbling a lot lower than in years past so I wouldn't be surprised if his handles REALLY improved as long as he doesn't get lazy with the ball.

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        • #5
          Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

          I think Paul will show more improvement, while Roy will be more consistent. Paul wil average more points and most likely will get more notoriety, but Roy will be our "rock".

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          • #6
            Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

            Originally posted by xIndyFan View Post
            roy

            his game is farther along.

            this is based on one preseason game though. Paul looked more assertive than last year, but his game still looks the same. almost but not quite there.
            Paul's ball handling is significantly better. He still gets into trouble sometimes, but that's more the result of all the other starters being out and going 1 on 5 and getting overextended. He's had numerous possessions where he's pulled off crossovers that left his man in the dust, and he's been getting where he wants to go with the ball, especially to his sweet spots for pull up J's from mid range.

            Roy will still probably have a better season, stince he's starting from ahead and probably will average a double double if he plays a few more minutes. But Paul won't be far behind, his game is improved and it will look even better once he's playing with the other starters.
            Goodbye Captain, My Captain. I wish you had the chance to sink or swim with your ship on its quest for the "ship".

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            • #7
              Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

              I think PG will average more points, but Roy will be more of a all around player.
              PG: 18ppg, 5rpg, 1spg
              Roy 15ppg, 10rpg, 2bpg

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              • #8
                Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                One thing to consider is that Vogel has stated that not only does he want to ride his starters more this year, but that he expects each starter above 30 mpg. PG would have likely gotten far more mpg last season had he not gotten into foul trouble early as often as he did, I expect him to play around the same mpg as Danny, which will be 32-36, especially since he can slide over to the 3 when necessary too. Roy I could see 31/32 mpg.

                As for numbers-

                I think Paul will average 16-18 ppg 6-7 rpg 2-3.5 apg on 44-45/38-39/82-85
                Roy I see 14-16 ppg 9.5-10.5 rpg 2 apg on 51%

                Roy will still probably be our most important player and our anchor, but Paul won't be far behind. I'm more bullish on Paul's potential to score this year than I was before pre-season. He gets into trouble going completely on his own, but with the other starters on the floor with him who have to be respected I think he'll shine.
                Goodbye Captain, My Captain. I wish you had the chance to sink or swim with your ship on its quest for the "ship".

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                • #9
                  Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                  As I don't expect Roy to regress, it'll be a good thing for the Pacers if PG has the better season.

                  That being said, despite how highly I think of PG, I think it's a little early to be expecting the things some are expecting of him. And I still think he's in a position (with Danny, Roy, GH, and West) where he's going to feel like the fourth or fifth option. And I don't see that as a negative, because the Vets probably see him that way too.

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                  • #10
                    Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                    Likely G-squared will shock the world and lead the Pacers this year, while Paul George shifts to the 3 and readjusts and becomes a more solid team player on both ends of the court. Roy will play better when he has size next to him who can take pressure off of him in the post (hopefully West has been saving energy here in the preseason so far since he apparently cannot get off the ground from what other posters have said), likely being a combination of Ian and our newest "stretch 4" in Granger.

                    As far as the original question, Paul George will get the accolades, Roy will do the work in a supporting role.

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                    • #11
                      Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                      You guys realize that Roy Hibbert is an all-star, right?

                      I am nearly 100% sure that Hibbert will have a better season and that's no knock on Paul.

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                      • #12
                        Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                        Originally posted by Sookie View Post
                        As I don't expect Roy to regress, it'll be a good thing for the Pacers if PG has the better season.

                        That being said, despite how highly I think of PG, I think it's a little early to be expecting the things some are expecting of him. And I still think he's in a position (with Danny, Roy, GH, and West) where he's going to feel like the fourth or fifth option. And I don't see that as a negative, because the Vets probably see him that way too.
                        I'm not so sure the vets see him that way, it's more likely he sees himself, or did see himself that way, given what we've heard, but the Vets aren't blind, they know that the expectation is that George is going to have a more prominent role this season, and they've been supportive of it, they also know that Vogel has been pushing for a more aggressive George. I don't think the vets have a problem with it, they know that George probably has the most upside and raw talent on the team, and seem like a group focused on the team over individual accolades. I think they'll encourage George to take a more active role on offense. We'll still be pretty balanced, but I think George will be more like a 2B C or D option this season rather than 2nd to last or last on the totem poll.

                        He also has the potential to get to the line alot, which can bump scoring averages, I don't think that 16-17 ppg is out of the question, as Frank is supposedly going to be playing the starters more minutes, and George is well equipped to play quite a bit more between fresh legs and positional flexibility.

                        Roy may well have a better season, for one I think he'll be more consistent (he was dominate at times last season) and we'll be able to get him the ball in his spots more consistently, but if we're talking who improves more relative to last season it's probably Paul, since Roy started off higher.
                        Goodbye Captain, My Captain. I wish you had the chance to sink or swim with your ship on its quest for the "ship".

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                        • #13
                          Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                          Originally posted by Sookie View Post
                          As I don't expect Roy to regress, it'll be a good thing for the Pacers if PG has the better season.

                          That being said, despite how highly I think of PG, I think it's a little early to be expecting the things some are expecting of him. And I still think he's in a position (with Danny, Roy, GH, and West) where he's going to feel like the fourth or fifth option. And I don't see that as a negative, because the Vets probably see him that way too.
                          What are they asking of him really? I don't believe that it is Vogel's proclivity to make him the go-to-guy, but just simply take part in a 5 man assualt where every man is a 1 or a two option. He is going to have the same green light as the rest of the starters. All five are expected to score. They are just saying score more at free will. It will still be done within the role of a wing player. I don't that that is a bad move. Paul can contribute on offense far more than he did a year ago. When people start focusing on him, that only makes the team stronger.
                          Last edited by Noodle; 10-14-2012, 08:37 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                            Better season is not the same as better player IMHO. Instead, it's relative to what a player has done previously.

                            Of course Hibbert is going to be the better player in terms of value to the team. That's almost a certainty. I expect in his third year for George to make that leap and get real notoriety. That will help all the players by taking the focus off of them. I think we will be significantly better this year.
                            Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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                            • #15
                              Re: better season, Roy Hibbert or Paul George?

                              Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
                              who do you think will end up having the better season between these two
                              Hibbert and it won't even be close...... ...

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