First came the All-Star Game appearance, and now comes the Most Improved Player award for Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George.The Pacers have called a 10 a.m. news conference on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where George will be named the award winner, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The news conference is open to the public inside the entry pavilion at the fieldhouse. George will join Jalen Rose (2000), Jermaine O’Neal (2002) and Granger as Pacers to win the award. “So happy for PG. U deserve it bro. Sky’s the limit,” Pacers center Roy Hibbert posted on Twitter. George (17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) thrived in Danny Granger’s absence this season, increasing his scoring average by more than five points a game, his rebounding by two a game and assist by almost two a game. The third-year swingman scored a career-high 37 points, including nine 3-pointers, also a career high, against the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 21. George is also considered a strong defender. George scored 17 points in February’s All-Star Game in Houston. He became only the second Pacer to record a triple-double in a playoff game when he had 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in their Game 1 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse.
Pacers' Paul George to be tabbed NBA Most Improved Player
Published On: Apr 23 2013 04:08:02 AM PDT Updated On: Apr 23 2013 04:08:03 AM PDT
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