Column: Paul George’s return

By Ben Brown

Even with a 0-3 start the Indiana Pacers and fans have to be excited about this season.

Paul George did not play a single game for the team last season, but right now it’s hard to tell that he missed any time.

George is leading the team in points with 23.5 per game.

On top of just leading in scoring, George is leading the team in rebounding with 8.6 per game and in assists with 4.9 per game.

The Pacers are also going small this season, so George has also had to make some adjustments to play the power forward position. He has flawlessly made that transition.

The Pacers, now 5-4 on the season, will be very interesting to watch. They made some questionable decisions this offseason, ditching almost all of their big men.

It seems like the team has been adjusting rather quickly, however, winning four of its last five games. Especially in a fairly weak Eastern Conference, the Pacers should definitely make the playoffs.

A big problem for the Pacers last season was scoring. The addition of Monta Ellis will improve the offensive efforts of the team.

Ellis is only scoring 11.1 points per game so far this season; however, he is capable of leading the team in scoring if they need it.

So far, the team is sharing the scoring load quite well. The Pacers have five players scoring in double digits.

As the season progresses, we will see the team head deep run into the playoffs – as long as everyone stays healthy.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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