Who’s the best player in the NBA? LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers or Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder? For Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, it’s not LeBron or KD, but it's him who can potentially be the best player in the league despite suffering from a gruesome injury in August of 2014.
“Myself. I honestly feel that this is my time to prove it. There’s always going to be people’s opinions. There’s always going to be people thinking otherwise. But this is my time to prove it, and I’m ready. I’m ready to show the world,” George told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports.
George broke his leg while playing for Team USA two years ago and the injury was so graphic that it appeared career threatening. However, George returned to floor for a few games in the 2014-2015 NBA season although he played in limited minutes. For the new season, George wants to get back to top form or even better than before saying that he’s aiming to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
“I do understand that I’m coming back as a fresh new player, with a new team, but I’m not limiting myself. I still have the aspiration of being the MVP, still have the aspiration of being one of the best defenders, one of the best scorers in the league,” the 25-year-old George added in the interview.
In his last season before the leg injury, the Pacers forward averaged career-highs of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 80 games started in the regular season. He upped those stats in 19 postseason games in the 2014 playoffs averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game.