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Interest in the Indiana Pacers is minimal, but interest in Paul George should be maximal. He's a thrilling combination of dribbling, shooting and size.
More to the point, he's gotten much better this season. Since January, George has been asserting himself in the offense and filling the role vacated by an injured Danny Granger.
Last season, PG averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Due in part to greater minutes, he's currently averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assists.
In January, George averaged better than 19 points and nine rebounds. If that trend holds, he should be a lock for this award.
MIP Chances: 40 percent