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    Default Where does Paul George belong in the NBA ranks?

    I am interested in hearing the responses from a largely pro-pacers crowd here, but where does George rank in the NBA, not in terms of 5th best player or anything like that, but in terms of his tier so to speak. Does he belong in the tier with LeBron and KD, or one tier below with Carmelo, Steph Curry etc., is he still not a full fledged superstar in some people's minds? I am just interested in hearing the results from a pro-pacers crowd. IMO, George is on the LeBron/KD level, I know, I know, its only been 18 games, but he is scoring 25 ppg on about 48% shooting, on top of being maybe the best perimeter defender in the NBA, I think that is deserving of the highest tier of superstardom in the NBA imo.

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    Default Re: Where does Paul George belong in the NBA ranks?

    The problem with me trying to vote here is that currently no one belongs with Lebron.

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    The problem with me trying to vote here is that currently no one belongs with Lebron.
    I am not saying he is as good as LeBron, but that they are on the same category so to speak

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    I feel like Paul George is the little crease between the group of the Melo's and the Lebron and Durant.
    “This was just a taste,” George said. “I want to be here every year until I can’t go no more.”

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    I feel like Paul George is the little crease between the group of the Melo's and the Lebron and Durant.
    I agree, but I had to vote Lebron and Durant cause Paul actually plays defense unlike Melo and Curry.

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    Default Re: Where does Paul George belong in the NBA ranks?

    It goes:
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    Everyone else, IMHO.

    Call me a homer, or whatever, but you'd be pretty hard pressed to find another player that's capable of putting up 40pts offensively, while holding a pretty good player in Nic Batum to 8pts, who's not named LeBron. I don't think there is another player out there that's capable of 20+ scoring while checking the othe teams best wing player, besides those two. (PG and LeBron)
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    give paul george a year or 2 of this production to even start being compared to durant......

    that being said, you can place him 3-5 of top players and i wouldn't be mad

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    Why is KD better? Bigger track record? Does he okay Paul's level of defense? Does he have big rebounding games like Paul? The steals? I have no idea, so I'm asking.

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    Why is KD better? Bigger track record? Does he okay Paul's level of defense? Does he have big rebounding games like Paul? The steals? I have no idea, so I'm asking.
    KD puts up pretty good rebounding numbers. I want to say anywhere between 7-12 a night (That's what I've consistently seen him get when watching). He is also a better pure scorer; he puts in some crazy shots pretty consistently. KD doesn't ever "blow up", so to speak, big scoring numbers are just another day at the office.

    However, KD cannot touch Paul's defensive prowess. You put PG on other guys to shut them down. You try to hide Durant so he doesn't get beat off the dribble too much.

    As always, this is just my opinion, but I have finally reached the point where I prefer PG over KD. I've always loved Paul, but he is only scratching the surface and having these types of performances. KD is KD at this point.

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    KD puts up pretty good rebounding numbers. I want to say anywhere between 7-12 a night (That's what I've consistently seen him get when watching). He is also a better pure scorer; he puts in some crazy shots pretty consistently. KD doesn't ever "blow up", so to speak, big scoring numbers are just another day at the office.

    However, KD cannot touch Paul's defensive prowess. You put PG on other guys to shut them down. You try to hide Durant so he doesn't get beat off the dribble too much.

    As always, this is just my opinion, but I have finally reached the point where I prefer PG over KD. I've always loved Paul, but he is only scratching the surface and having these types of performances. KD is KD at this point.
    I think they're pretty equal. They're both good all around, but Durant is on another level offensively while Paul is elite defensively. Good offense will always create a better reputation.

    I'd also take Paul though.

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    KD is KD at this point.
    KD just turned 25 years old. KD is going to continue to improve

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    KD just turned 25 years old. KD is going to continue to improve
    If KD ever becomes an elite defender he will be at the very top tier, no question. As it is, PG and LeBron could fall out of the rafters of the arena and play better D on the way to the floor than Durant.

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    If KD ever becomes an elite defender he will be at the very top tier, no question. As it is, PG and LeBron could fall out of the rafters of the arena and play better D on the way to the floor than Durant.
    I don't agree. His defense is pretty good, not as consistant as it could be, but it is IMO not a weakness in his game. He's not as good as Lebron or PG certainly, but he is in no way a liability. KD is also a really good passer

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    If KD ever becomes an elite defender he will be at the very top tier, no question. As it is, PG and LeBron could fall out of the rafters of the arena and play better D on the way to the floor than Durant.
    KD is not really a bad defender though. He's not elite, but he's not a liability either. He gets his fair share of blocks and steals, and he's never gotten completely torched by an opposing player (Lebron aside) His offense however is on another planet at the moment.

    Not only does KD have a much longer track record, but he's put up these same type of scoring numbers in the playoffs as well. He is also extremely efficient, and has been very clutch throughout his career.

    Unlike most on this board, I take elite, efficient offense over elite defense any day of the week. Durant has put up HOF type of scoring stats throughout his career, while Paul George is just now finding his way to being a superstar. This doesn't mean that Paul can't catch him, I just think KD's track record outweighs Paul's last 20 games or so.

    There is a good debate for the 3rd best player in the league right now between PG, and CP3 however. CP3 has also had a very long track record, and has been arguably the best PG for a decade or so (though Tony Parker may be better). But PG has already guided his team deeper into the playoffs than CP3 ever has. Also, wings tend to be a lot more valuable against great teams as opposed to pg's. If you watched the Heat/Clippers game from earlier in the season, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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    Why is KD better? Bigger track record? Does he okay Paul's level of defense? Does he have big rebounding games like Paul? The steals? I have no idea, so I'm asking.
    Why I personally am hesitant to put him with KD is simply time. KD has been playing at this level for awhile. By the end of the season, if Paul keeps it up, I will have no problem with saying PG is right there with him.

    And I think PG can get closer to LeBron than KD can. PG is such a good two way player. KD isn't.

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    Why is KD better? Bigger track record? Does he okay Paul's level of defense? Does he have big rebounding games like Paul? The steals? I have no idea, so I'm asking.
    He is a better playmaker the past few years and yes his rebounding is very solid. They aren't that different of players really. KD came into the league as a shooter /scorer now he is a complete playmaker as well.

    28, 8 and 5 speaks for itself, but he is just so hard to guard. I think Paul puts up simlar #s in a few years though, but right now it is still KD.

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    You cant compare George with KD yet.

    KD is better in scoring (probably will become one of the greatest scorers of all time) and creating for not only himself but others.

    I cant wait to see KD vs PG24 this weekend. Last time they played, KD schooled him.
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    He is a better playmaker the past few years and yes his rebounding is very solid. They aren't that different of players really. KD came into the league as a shooter /scorer now he is a complete playmaker as well.

    28, 8 and 5 speaks for itself, but he is just so hard to guard. I think Paul puts up simlar #s in a few years though, but right now it is still KD.
    Theses are both true, but Paul is on a completely different level on defense. KD is obviously better on the other end.

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    He is a better playmaker the past few years and yes his rebounding is very solid. They aren't that different of players really. KD came into the league as a shooter /scorer now he is a complete playmaker as well.

    28, 8 and 5 speaks for itself, but he is just so hard to guard. I think Paul puts up simlar #s in a few years though, but right now it is still KD.
    Okay, but what about defensive ability and/or versatility?

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    Why is KD better? Bigger track record? Does he okay Paul's level of defense? Does he have big rebounding games like Paul? The steals? I have no idea, so I'm asking.
    Umm... I don't know maybe because he's been an elite player for years and PG for a couple of months?

    Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that Paul George will be considered equal to KD by the end of this season but he has to show consistency.
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    He is behind Lebron for sure. No one is close to him. PG is behind Durant.

    Other than that, I cannot think of anyone better.

    But Paul is still developing his game, so it is a fluid situation

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    I think that he is a "Near Elite" level Player. On the same tier and level as Curry and slightly above Melo ( cuz of PG24s defense ) but under Elite Level Players like LeDecision, KD and CP3.
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    Still need a bigger sample, but all signs are pointing to him eventually being a superstar, better than S.Curry and Melo for sure.

    He needs another 5-10 games like last night against big opponents.

    The last 30 or so games (going into last season) aren't nearly enough of a sample to start making this proclamation.

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    He is right there on the same level as KD. Sure KD has been at the level a lot longer than PG, but right now for the 2013-14 season he is at that level, and all signs point to him staying at that level for a long, long time.

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    I don't see the big love with Curry. (the player not the food) He's a very good player but not on the same level as any of the players talked about here. I don't even know if he's a top 10 player to me, way too injury prone and not a good defender.

    I go:

    1) LeBron


    2) Durant
    3) Paul George
    4) Chris Paul
    5) Carmelo Anthony
    6) Russell Westbrook
    7) James Harden
    8) Tony Parker
    9) Dwight Howard
    10) Ok Curry makes the top 10
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    Yea it's pretty much impossible to compete with Lebron at this point, he is nearly averaging 60% from the field.

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