This past season Paul George got a huge opportunity as a result of the injury incurred by Danny Granger. What many thought would spell despair for the Pacers turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Paul George has flourished and now, at 22 years of age, he is playing at a level higher than Granger saw until he was 25 years old. At 22 years, Granger was posting a paltry 7.5 points per game with a respectable 5 boards per game (or close to it). George though has proved to be a better rebounder than Granger ever was, and a better play maker. Both players have All-Star appearances under their belts, but now there is going to be a question for the Pacers headed into the offseason.
What are they going to do with their All-Star small forwards? Both guys deserve starting minutes, but how will Vogel handle this? How will the front office handle this? Is the answer as simple as moving Granger or George to SG while the other plays SF? Can their games adjust to that? And how will that move impact the development of Lance Stephenson who seems to be developing a great game all his own.
So should Indy focus on the young guys (George and Stephenson), and look to move Granger? What could Indy hope to get for Granger? Or should Indy keep this core intact and hope Vogel can come up with a rotation that allows all these guys to play? And who is better? Granger or George? Or is that even a question worth asking?
What are your thoughts?