Paul George does not want to be just a good player but to be the best. The Indiana Pacers forward bared that goal on Tuesday after he was voted as the NBA’s Most Improved Player.
Moments after accepting the award, the 6-foot-9 swingman promised to work even harder to attain the biggest rewards of all – an NBA title and perhaps an MVP.
”I think I can play at an MVP level. I think that’s very much within reach,” George said. ”For me, it’s all about being consistent and having that aggressive mindset.”
George has already emerged as one of the league’s top young players, which explains his runaway victory in the balloting.
In winning the honour, he received 52 of 120 first-place votes and 311 points, more than double the total of New Orleans’ Greivis Vasquez, who had 13 first-place votes and 146 points. Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders was third with 141 points and was one of three players to receive 10 first-place votes.
As part of the award, a 2012 Kia Sorrento will be donated to the Hawthorne Community Center, George’s hand-picked charity.
George is also expected to be one of the top vote-getters for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, an honor coach Frank Vogel lobbied hard for Tuesday.