The NBA announced Monday that Paul George has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from November 23 through November 29. This is the fourth time George has been distinguished as the Eastern Conference's standout player in his career. The last time the Pacers forward earned Player of the Week honors was on January 20, 2014.
George spearheaded a 3-0 week for the Pacers, averaging 37.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three. George scored a season-high 40 points on 19 shots against the Washington Wizards last Tuesday, contributing heavily to one of the best team shooting performances in NBA history. Indiana's 73 percent conversion rate from behind the three-point line was the best all-time by a team that attempted at least 25 3-point shots in a game, per ESPN stats and info. George and teammate C.J. Miles combined for 15 of the team's 19 made 3-pointers. His encore was recording back-to-back 30-plus point scoring games against the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
The two-way star is averaging career highs in points (27.2), rebounds (8.1), and assists (4.4). The Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin is the only other player in the NBA averaging at least 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists this season.
George ranks third in the league in total threes made and is currently shooting a higher percentage (56.5%) on catch-and-shoot three-pointers than Kevin Durant (52.2%), Dirk Nowitzki (52.0%), J.J. Redick (48.9%), Stephen Curry (48.9%) and Kyle Korver (43.1%). The only player in the NBA converting more 3-point attempts off the catch than George is his teammate George Hill (57.1%), minimum three attempts per game.
His ability to return to All-Star form in such short order after missing the first 76 games of the 2014-15 season to recover from what could have been a career-ending leg injury is not only completely unprecedented; it proves George is still one of the league's top players when healthy.
The Pacers are 10-2 in games that George scores 20 or more points. In games where he does not reach that mark, Indiana is 1-3. Since recording his first 20-plus point scoring effort of the season against the Boston Celtics on November 4, the Pacers are outscoring opponents by 10.3 points per 100 possessions, second to only the Golden State Warriors.