Despite not being widely seen as the greatest player of his generation, Paul George is highly esteemed by many aspiring NBA players as the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).
Affectionately called PG-13, George himself was once a young player and solidified his star status during his early years with the Pacers.
Throughout his time with the OKC Thunder, George’s exceptional abilities on both offense and defense brought him close to securing the league MVP title.
Now in his 14th season, George’s influence on the younger generation of players entering the league is evident.
Brandon Miller, the second overall draft pick for 2023, has even declared George as his favorite player, admitting to incorporating some of George’s techniques into his own game with a unique touch.
Kiyan Anthony, the son of future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony, has also expressed his belief that George is the greatest player ever.
Prior to the start of the season, George discussed the importance of being a role model for young players like Miller and Anthony.
“It’s a significant moment in my career,” George stated. “Despite the media’s criticisms of my playoff performances or inconsistencies, being seen as a role model by these young talents holds immense importance for me. The league is filled with incredibly skilled players who possess exceptional skill sets. They could easily choose other players as their favorites, but to have a special group of kids looking up to me and drawing inspiration from me is truly meaningful.”
“It shows that I have been playing the game in the right way and that I have been relatable. I truly appreciate it. It’s astonishing to hear that, and it motivates me to keep progressing in the same direction.”
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