May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) brings the ball up court against the Miami Heat during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
3. Paul George
2012-2013 Statistics: 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists
Paul George is a player not many expected to develop and dominate like he showed he could do last season and in the playoffs. The 23-year-old guard not only showed up in the Eastern Conference Finals, but also helped the Indiana Pacers take the Miami Heat to 7 games and scaring “Heat Nation”. As the Pacers were eliminated from championship contention in Game 7, their season wasn’t at all as disappointing as an Eastern Conference Finals exit would seem. You still have George, not to mention the acquisition of former New York Knick Chris Copeland, and the acquisition of Luis Scola via trade from the Phoenix Suns. Oh and if you may have forgotten, former All-Star Danny Granger sat out all of last season with a knee injury. The future with Paul George and the Indiana Pacers is a bright one and look for him to shine in the NBA for years to come.