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Has Paul George already blossomed into a superstar?

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03:47 AM ET 05.27 | While the Indiana Pacers were given a small chance to beat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, forward Paul George has transformed that sleeper chance into a reality. The Pacers are no longer considered a team that could give the Heat problems, George has made sure that they do give them problems and it's starting to show. So the natural progression to the Paul George conversation is to beg the question of whether or not Paul George has already blossomed into a superstar in front of our very eyes? For those who watch Eastern Conference basketball, George's talents are absolutely no surprise. In fact, this is almost overdue as the Pacers have been leaning on George for the past few years but he just wasn't mature enough to carry the burden. But after tasting bitter defeat twice in the last two trips to the postseason, George has become battle-hardened and he's now ready to not only lead the Pacers deep into the playoffs but take them to the next level as well. The fact that he's finally able to do what he does best on one of the largest stages in the NBA has given him a platform to become a superstar and it's no longer a question of when will Paul George become a superstar, it's when did he become a superstar?

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May 27, 2013  02:45 PM ET

He's getting close. How he finishes these play-offs and plays next season will determine the answer to this question.

May 27, 2013  03:58 PM ET

Paul was a non-factor last night in the Field House. He's still climbing.

May 27, 2013  04:30 PM ET

Lets not start sucking each other off just yet Indiana. Keep in mind, last year people we saying similar things about Granger, and now look at him.

May 27, 2013  04:31 PM ET

*were

May 27, 2013  04:35 PM ET

He's got talent but has a LONG way to go to be a polished player, especially at the defensive end. He also needs to take over some leadership role for the Pacers. Many times their offense is so stagnant, he needs to ask for the ball, and make something happen. Then he is a real super star.
But his talent is unquestionable.

May 27, 2013  05:05 PM ET

He's almost there, but not quite.
And by the way, until it becomes Hibbert's team where he averages 25 & 15 per game, the pacers aren't gonna win!

May 27, 2013  05:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's almost there, but not quite.And by the way, until it becomes Hibbert's team where he averages 25 & 15 per game, the pacers aren't gonna win!

Agreed, Hibbert has to dominate if the Pacers are going the Finals. PG is a Star but let's wait if the Pacers can win over the Heat or at least push them to a game 7.

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May 27, 2013  06:39 PM ET

He is already a superstar no doubt, as long as he remains a shooting guard.

It's hard work banging with a real small forward ain't it?

May 27, 2013  07:10 PM ET

He has a ways to go before he can be considered a superstar. He got schooled by one last night.

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May 27, 2013  08:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He has a ways to go before he can be considered a superstar. He got schooled by one last night.

He just had an off night. It happens.

May 27, 2013  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I think the only thing I see with george and hibbert is that they don't seem to have a killer instinct that the elite guys seem to haveNot sure if that is a 'learned' trait or something you are just born withboth guys seem to play well, then are gonethe big time guys pretty much always show up

Melo doesn't always show up.

May 27, 2013  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He is already a superstar no doubt, as long as he remains a shooting guard.It's hard work banging with a real small forward ain't it?

He plays SF. Lance Stephenson is Indiana's SG.

May 27, 2013  08:07 PM ET

He's not yet a superstar and may not get superstar status. We're seeing how much he fades and does not show up when needed. A true superstar will take this playoff games and prove that he can carry the team. He needs to demand the ball and then show everyone that he can be successful. He needs to be consistent and show up every night even when they lose.

May 27, 2013  08:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Agree with the above that he is not a superstar yet.He averaged 17 pts per game this year and upped his avg to 19 in the playoffsUntil I see 22+.....Not a superstarThe good news tough is he is improving and could be one

I agree. He's very good, but no superstar.

Yet.

May 27, 2013  08:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lets not start sucking each other off just yet Indiana. Keep in mind, last year people we saying similar things about Granger, and now look at him.

so true so true.

May 27, 2013  10:31 PM ET

What happens to the injured superstar in Granger seems like he carried the team until his injury.

 
May 28, 2013  01:07 AM ET

I don't know when it happened, but it did. Clearly Paul George is an NBA superstar, and matches up very well against LeBron James. How many other NBA players can you say that about? Very very few. I would put George in the top 15 in the NBA right now. Possibly higher.

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