Apr 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) advances the ball during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 90-80. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Awards 2013: Paul George To Be Named NBA Most Improved Player


According to numerous sources around the league, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers will be named the 2012-13 NBA Most Improved Player.

The Pacers have called a 10 a.m. news conference at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where George will be announced as the winner.

Paul joins Jalen Rose, Jermaine O’Neal and Danny Granger as the only Pacers in franchise history to win the award.

In 79 games this season, George averaged 17.4 points (career-high) on 42% shooting from the field and 36% shooting from behind-the-arc. He also put up career-highs in rebounds (7.6), assists (4.1) and steals (1.8). He increased his scoring by five points, and his rebounding and assist averages by almost two from the 2011-12 regular season.

With Danny Granger on the sidelines for a majority of the season, Paul George would help lead the Indiana Pacers to a Central Division title, the third seed in the Eastern Conference and an overall record of 49-32. He was also named to his first All-Star team in the process.

The Pacers currently own a 1-0 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in their best-of-seven first round series. Game 3 will take place Wednesday night.

Other notable candidates for the Most Improved Player award this season included Greivis Vasquez of the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Jrue Holiday of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.

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