Larry Bird would have to be drunk in trade discussions in order to agree to that particular deal. Either that or the mafia would have to be holding a gun to his head.
His handle is even worse than Demar's? Be serious, Demar's handle is fair at best. Paul George will be a very good player down the road. I could most definitely see him as a superstar player, he has those things that Demar doesn't, and he will only develop those things as the time comes. Strength, explosiveness, perimeter game, good defense, just intangibles Demar doesn't have, and these are skills that players build on over time to become a big time player.
Maybe I am using the term "superstar" a bit loosely, but I don't think it's a stretch statement compared if I were to use that on Demar...
If we made a trade of Demar for Paul George, we would see much better production from George consistently, and be more of an impact player on a night-to-night basis. Team improvements? Maybe. Maybe not. IMO, Paul George is a better player now, and will be a better player down the road. (Hoping I get proved wrong.)
I think Demar's handle is suspect for a guard but "fair" as you say for Demars what adjective would you use to describe George's? One thing Demar can do that George isn't able to do is score the ball and get to the free throw line. In 50 games George has been to the free throw line 122 times in comparison Demar has been there 265 times in the same amount of games. The two guys couldn't be anymore different in style of play. It comes down to what do you need on your team... Do you need someone who can score the ball or do you need a glue guy who is good at a lot of things. Each guy has positives and negatives and I think it depends on a teams needs to put a value on either of them.
What would you put Paul Georges ceiling at or who would you compare him too? I see a player similar in the mold of Luol Deng who will be a decent second or great third option offensively and be a lock down defender on the other side of the ball. George will take more 3's then Deng, get more steals, run the floor better and see more high light dunks. Although I don't see that efficient mid range game in his arsenal at least at this point.
Just to be clear "superstar a bit loosely" is a massive understatement. There are maybe 10 Superstars in the league and I can't imagine Paul Georges name ever being mentioned in the top 10 players in the league in the foreseeable future. I could be wrong...
Paul George is playing SHOOTING guard. What do you expect from comparisons with the FTA to the 3PTA, Danny Granger is a slasher, and Darren Collison is a penetrating guard. There needs to be some complimentary player there to save them from bad penetration, or be the receiver in terms of good penetration. Paul is for sure a glue guy, but his potential is so good he could be much more than a glue guy.
Paul George and Roy Hibbert are by far the future of this team, George is only going to get better with all the experience that's coming along. I can see MANY players with the POTENTIAL, notice I said POTENTIAL, to be a superstar. There are many names that I could put out there, Tyreke Evans, Andrea Bargnani, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Derrick Williams, John Wall, Evan Turner, Demarcus Cousins, etc. Many of these guys can all be potential superstars, they have the skills and intangibles, it's all about their head and the right development. Sure there are NBA comparisons, you could see Paul George in the mold of Luol Deng, I already see him as a Luol Deng now, that says alot that this guy can be MUCH better. Sure at this point no mid-range efficiency, but his potential game says he can develop it.
All I said is potential to be a superstar, there are many players on basically all teams that have the means and abilities to get there. Will they get there? Who knows. We've seen that it goes 50/50 on all potential players. So far, George hasn't dissapointed.
I guess this disagreement comes in our standard of superstars or potential ones at that. I believe the league is filled with star players but superstar is a very elite group IMO. Guys like LBJ, Kobe, D12, Rose, KD are superstars and Paul George will be lucky to be an all-star let alone a super star. Everyone sees the game different and has a different level of standards so we'll agree to disagree. I hope your right as one of the players you labeled with "superstar potential" plays for the Raptors!
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