Paul George had his best statistical season in the NBA last season but right now he is still reeling from the heartbreak of the Indiana Pacers defeat to Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
That defeat may have been several weeks ago now but Paul George is still bitter about not getting the better of LeBron James and the Heat.
Over the last few years, one of the biggest individual rivalries has been between Paul George and LeBron. Unlike many huge rivalries in NBA history, these players actually like each other rather than feeling disdain for each other.
Just because LeBron left Miami for Cleveland doesn't mean their rivalry is dead, with George confirming this week that he feels the Cavaliers will be the Pacers new big test in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron still King
In fact, such is his respect and admiration for LeBron, George says that the Cavs have become the front runners for the NBA title now they have James in their ranks.
“LeBron going back home, it’s definitely going to pick things up when the Pacers and Cavs play,” George told Chris Hayes from Comcast SportsNet. “I’m definitely still gunning for the top guys. Whoever the top guy is, I’m gunning for him. I got a target for him as well as he’ll have a target for me.”
"He’s the top guy. He’s the one everybody is chasing. At the end of the day, I want to be one of the best and the top player in this league. LeBron is the one I’m gunning for as well as K.D.”
While ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst revealed that George also explained, "Immediately when LeBron went to Cleveland, that made them the front-runners."
George needs to improve
Last season was George's best NBA season by far. He scored an average of 21.7 points per game, which was 4.3 more points than his 2012/13 tally.
But that points production is still away off LeBron's average of 27.1 points per game. LeBron's shooting percentage is also significantly higher, 56.7 per cent compared with 42.4 per cent. Stats courtesy of basketball reference.
Even though the Pacers might be heading towards somewhat of a rebuilding season, expect George and LeBron to battle hard again during the upcoming season, as the Pacers star slowly catches up to the king.
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