The roller-coaster of Paul George’s career saw the forward switch from no name to all-star. His career flipped upside down from a devastating leg injury but his determination allowed him to rise back up as an MVP candidate.
The hooper from Palmdale, California was drafted 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers in 2010. George’s ascent didn’t come quick, as he played second fiddle to scoring machine Danny Granger. Injuries to Granger would allow PG to flourish, earning him a spot on the 2013 All-Star team.
Paul George’s ability to shoot, defend, as well as his sheer athleticism proved to be a major thorn in LeBron James side. The two would do battle multiple times in the playoffs, although James would come out on top each series.
Adversity hit after the 2014 season, as George broke his leg at a Team USA scrimmage. This took away the rest of PG’s upcoming season. PG would return to play the final 8 games, but looked shaky averaging 8.8 points in that stretch.
Paul would turn things around the following year, returning to the playoffs while also making the 2016 Olympic team, winning gold in Rio. George would eventually request a trade after a first round exit, with the Pacers shipping him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his time there, George re-established himself as one of the best players in the league. His 2018-19 season concluded with PG getting 3rd in MVP voting behind James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.