Pacers could have next superstar, by George


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The Indiana Pacers have produced exactly one superstar, Reggie Miller, since shelving their red, white and blue basketballs 36 years ago to become part of the NBA.

Jermaine O’Neal in his prime flirted with the fringes of such status, but ... no. Danny Granger is a terrific second option kind of guy offensively, but ... no. Ron Artest had incredible potential but repeatedly tripped over his penchant for lousy decisions.

Paul George could soon be breaking this franchise dry-spell. In fact, we’re starting to feel some hints now.

At 6-foot-8, 221 pounds, No. 24 in blue and gold is the future. Of the Pacers, yes. And quite possibly of the league along with fellow members of the early-20s crowd such as Blake Griffin, James Harden, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and others.

George’s fierce hops force spectators to instinctively inch up in their seats during a Pacers’ fast-break. It’s more than that, though. Through Indiana’s first 26 games this season he’s averaged 16.5 points, seven rebounds, 3.6 assists and nearly a block per game.

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