Getty Images: Can’t wait to see a healthy PG13 back on the court.
When the Indiana Pacers drafted Paul George, they drafted a talented and super athletic shooting guard with a quick release and an NBA range three point shot who defensively averaged over two steals and a block for his college career.
They turned this athletic shooting guard into an All-NBA and All-Star small forward.
However, looking ahead to this year, word out of the Pacers camp is that Frank Vogel and Larry Bird are keen to make George their starting power forward in a small ball line-up of George Hill, Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, George and Ian Mahinmi.
Yesterday, PG13 spoke to USA Today about this shift to the front-court, taking on bigger more physical defenders and being used to stretch the floor, he didn’t seem too impressed with the situation:
“Um, you know it’s, uh, I was open for – to try it out,” said George.
“It’s definitely a change. It’s something new. We’ll see how it goes. As the season goes, it might be better for me to just be at my regular position. But I told them I was open to the situation and (we’ll) see where it goes.”
It seems like George’s biggest reservation is being out-matched and out-muscled defending bigger power forwards night-in-night-out. Which, you can’t really fault him for that, he is still in the process of coming back from that horrifying broken leg in August 2014.
“Yeah, I believe (that’s his main concern),” George said.
“It’s just being outmatched strength-wise with guys at the four spot is really the only concern. It’s not really the concern for one game. It’s the concern just over the course of a season just how my body would take it, especially coming off the injury that I had and a whole year of rehabbing. Just not sure of how it’s going to take it. (We’ll) start camp, see how camp goes. Again, I’m not too thrilled on it, but it could change the more comfortable I get at the position. But we’ll see. But again, I could very much end up loving it, so it’s all up in the air. I’m open to the position.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this experiment goes. Even though George doesn’t seem too excited about the move, he did keep it open and say he’s interested in trying it out. At the end of the day, we may only see George play small bursts at the four which would both save his body and allowing the Pacers to stretch the floor and take advantage of offensive miss-matches.
via: USA Today