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Feb. 1: George is rapidly ascending the rookie wall now, scoring in double figures with a solid shooting percentage in four of his past five games. He's asserting himself as an athlete, making plays on defense and earning trips to the line in almost every game.
Jan. 24: George is having a bit of a breakout month and added a career-high 17 points on Sunday night. He's finishing shots at a good rate and earning the trust of his coach. More minutes seem to be in his immediate future.
Jan. 9: George is getting more rotation minutes now with the Pacers struggling, and as long as he stays out of foul trouble he'll continue to get playing time. His 10 points in Atlanta marked his second double-figure scoring game in his last four games. Previously, he had only one double-digit scoring effort, which came on Nov. 5.
With what we are seeing from George you can't help but get excited. Smooth shot and oh so athletic with good defense. His 3 will drop in time and will see some ups and downs but, as long as he isn't up and down like Rush has been for all 3 years. Then I don't see Rush getting time over him for the remainder of the year. Lets hope whoever coaches the Pacers next year can tap into Paul's game a little more and make him an opening day starter.
George ranks above Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, and Al-Farouq Aminu. All taken ahead of him in the draft.
I'm glad to see that he's been getting a good 16-20 minutes per game lately. I like his aggressiveness and he's definitely a guy that can heat up. I can't wait to see how much better he gets over the next couple of years.
Ed Davis is also a snub, so if Blake does skip the game, I could see the NBA replacing him with a fellow big in Davis.
Here's the current rookie team breakdown...
I suppose it could go either way.
I totally feel like George would be a better wing over Gary Neal, but that's just my opinion. I also think that Blake is interested in playing in the Rookie game. He's playing for the Rookie class, but was drafted with the Sophomore class. There's something to be said about that.
As far as George goes, I'd be really excited to see how well he produces (if better) after he gets all those leftover Dahntay/Dun/Rush minutes. Runner-up ROY? I think so.
It really does suck for rookie class of '11 that Blake's such a beast. Otherwise, the ROY debate would be a little more of a debate.