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Paul George was born on May 2 1990 in Palmdale,California to Paul and Paulette George.He grew up with 2 older sisters:Teiosha George who played basketball at Pepperdine,and Portala George,who played volleyball at CSU-San Bernardino.Although George idolized Lakers star Kobe Bryant,he grew up rooting for the Los Angles Clippers.George spent most of his free time playing basketball at the park or a one-on-one against his older sister Teiosha. He did not play organized basketball until his freshman year at Knight High School. He played for the varsity basketball team for his last 3 years of High School under head coach Tom Herge.George played for Pump and Run Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) with future UCLA Bruins Jrue Holiday and Malcom Lee. As a sophomore he began the season on the JV team, but was moved up to the varsity team starting lineup. Recruiters began noticing George during the summer of 2007, while he competed in AAU tournaments. Sensing Georges potential, his coach handed him a leading role in his senior season. That year George led KNIGHT to there first golden league championship, and was named Golden league Most Valuable Player (MVP),the antelope Valley Press Player of the year , and a member of the Daily News 2007-08 All-area Boys Basketball Team.He ended his senior year averaging 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. Despite his accomplishments,George was not considered a major prospect by colleges.Rivals.com rated him as a three star recruit and ranked 20th among a class of California prospects that was highlighted by Jrue Holiday and DeMar DeRozan.George verbally committed to Santa Clara,the first the first school that offered him a scholarship,but later George de-committed from them because his high school coach thought he should keep his options open.After his positive experience attending committed to pepperdine after head coach Vance Walberg resigned from the program.He ultimately frenso state over offers from schools like Georgetown and Penn state because of greater chance of playing time.
George played two years at California state University,Fresno,more commonly known as Fresno state.In his first game with the Fresno state Bulldogs,he scored 14 points in a winning effort against Sacramento state.The following game,George recorded 25 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Saint Mary's.Despite the loss he still made an impression with his one-handed dunk on Mickey McConnell that earned him Sports Center number 1 play of the day for November 18,2008.On February 9,2009,he scored a career high 29 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 88-82 victory over Boise State.In the 2009 WAC Tournament,the Bulldogs were matched up against Hawaii and advanced to the Quarterfinals against the top-seeded Utah state Aggies.During the game,he forced a career high 5 steals and finished with a team high 16 points; however,despite his effort the Bulldogs lost, 85-68.With a 13-21 record,the Bulldogs failed to qualify for the 2009 NCAA tournament.He led the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in minutes played (1176) and finished second in 3 point shooting (44.7),steals (59) and steals per game (1.74).His 3-point shooting percentage was third-best in the Fresno State Bulldogs mens basketball team.
On March 31, 2010, George announced that he would forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility at Fresno State and enter the 2010 NBA draft. He made his first appearance on a 2010 mock draft on Draft Express a month into his sophomore season. By May 2010, mock drafts such as Draft Express, ESPN.com, and The Hoops Report predicted that George would be selected 12th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. Two days before the draft, Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports wrote an article about an anonymous Eastern Conference scout stating that "in five years, Paul George will be the best player to come out of this draft". Hoping to draft Derrick Favors, the Pacers had discussed a draft trade with the Nets that would have sent Danny Granger and the 10th pick to the Nets for Devin Harris, Yi Jianlian and the 3rd overall pick, but the deal fell through. George was invited to sit in the green room during the draft and was selected tenth overall by the Indiana Pacers. He became the highest NBA draft pick in Fresno State history.[21] On July 1, 2010, he signed his rookie contract with the Pacers; a two-year guaranteed deal worth $3.9 million, with team options for a third and fourth year.On October 27, George made his NBA debut against the San Antonio Spurs, playing 23 minutes and scoring 4 points on 1–5 shooting. In a game against the Washington Wizards, he knocked down five three-pointers and finished with a then-career-high 23 points. George averaged 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists on 45% shooting in his first season, starting 19 of his 61 games. He also showed his defensive skills, leading the team in steals-per-minute. For the 2011 Playoffs, George was one of only two rookies from the 2010 NBA Draft to be in the starting lineup for his team, the other being Landry Fields for the New York Knicks. In the playoffs, the Pacers lost in five games to the Chicago Bulls, led by Derrick Rose. Upon completion of his inaugural season, George was named to the 2011 NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team.
On September 25, 2013, the Indiana Pacers extended George's contract, electing him to be their designated player. The extension, which will start at the end of his rookie contract in 2014, is a "5/30" designated player extension (5 years and 30% of the salary cap), subject to passing the "Derrick Rose" test. George had to be elected to one further All-NBA team (at any level) or be the MVP during the 2013–14 season to qualify for the 30% extension. If he met either of these criteria, the 30% extension is estimated to be worth around $90 million over the 5-year deal. If he had failed to meet the criteria, he would be contracted at 25% of the salary cap.The Pacers started the 2013–14 season 9–0 for the first time in franchise history. George finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in a 99–91 victory over the Detroit Pistons. He then posted 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during a 91-84 win over the Toronto Raptors on November 8. The following day he scored 24 points and added 6 rebounds in a 96-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. For his efforts, he was named Eastern Conference Players of the Week. With nine wins to start the season, Indiana became the first NBA team to start the season 9-0 since the Dallas Mavericks in the 2002-03 season. The Pacers undefeated streak ended at 9–0 against the Bulls on November 16.[ On December 2, 2013, he scored a career high 43 points, along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists, in a 102-106 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The following day, George was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month, the first time in his career, for the month of November while leading the Pacers to a 15-1 record. The Pacers finished the regular season with an incredible 56-26 record. In the 2014 playoffs, the Pacers eliminated the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards in the first two rounds. In game 4 against the Wizards, George scored a playoff career-high 39 points.[48] The Pacers were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat for the third straight year. For his efforts, George was named to the All-NBA third team, qualifying him for the full 30% extension, and All-Defensive First Team.
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