Indiana Pacers forward Paul George believes he could earn the MVP title, he told USA TODAY Sports.
The two-time All-Star sustained a broken right leg in August of last year during the USA Basketball intrasquad showcase. George returned at the end of the 2014–15 season to play in six games for the Pacers.
Head coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Thursday that George would be a part of Indiana’s starting lineup as power forward.
“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,” George said.
George, 25, also added that he feels he is a much “wiser” player now and that his skills have been enhanced after a year away from the sport.
Now, George says he wants to prove his belief that he is the best player in the league. “I'm ready to show the world,” he said.
In the 2013–14 season George averaged 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals over 80 games with the Pacers.
- Xandria James