Excitement began a number of weeks ago when Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George looked to be heading to his second straight All-Star Game. That excitement picked up when voting tallies started being released by the NBA, as George quickly became one of the leaders in the voting to head to All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
About a week ago, the NBA confirmed that Paul George received enough votes to be a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, thanks to fan voting. It marked the second straight year George would participate in the game. Last season, PG scored 17 points as a reserve for the East.
This year, his role could be even bigger. George has expanded his game, now among the NBA leaders in scoring. He also boasts more offensive explosion, from attacking the basket fearlessly and knocking down big shots at the end of games.
In his second season in the league and with the Pacers, George accepted an invitation to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. He finished third, although George believed he should have won. Many folks believe the same.
This season, George seemed to make clear he had no interest in participating in the Slam Dunk Contest again, blurting quietly, “We’ll see who else is in it. What the competition is like.”
The 2014 Slam Dunk Contest competition includes the likes of John Wall, Damian Lillard, Terrence Ross, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore. And now, Paul George.
George’s decision to participate in the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest may come as a surprise to some, but more of a pleasure to most. PG has shown off a nice array of his dunking capabilities over his 3+ seasons with Indiana. Time for him to prove he may be the best dunker in the NBA.
With George participating in the dunk contest, it also means a busier All-Star Weekend in New Orleans for the 6-9 forward. Dunk competition and All-Star game will keep PG occupied, while most of his teammates take time to rest and recuperate.
The busiest man of them all is Damian Lillard, who will partake in five events during All-Star Weekend, the first player to ever do so.