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Paul George

Scouting Report

Entering the draft after two seasons at Fresno State, George is an athletic small forward who could find his way into the bottom of the first round because of his size and shooting ability. He was a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference selection after leading the Bulldogs in scoring (16.8 points per game), rebounding (7.2) and steals (2.2). He improved his free throw percentage from just under 70 percent as a freshman to nearly 91 percent as a sophomore in the same number of attempts (132). George's 3-point accuracy dipped from 44.7 percent to 35.3 percent last season, partly due to being the focal point of opposing defenses. His biggest strengths are NBA-caliber range on the perimeter and the ability to run the floor in transition. George, though, must prove capable of beating a defender off the dribble and getting to the basket in order to create spacing to get his shot off. Additionally, he must show more patience with the ball. George is an underrated passer for a small forward and must use that skill more than settling for his jump shot if the play is not there. His impatience also leads to a lack of focus, something expected from a player who is barely 20 years old. Defensively, George relies heavily on his athleticism, so the team that drafts him is going to have to improve his mental preparation for the game as much as refining all the tools he physically brings.

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