Draft Express: Paul George

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You’ve probably been hearing plenty about Fresno St. sophomore Paul George, whose stock has been shooting up to the point that he’s now a late lottery pick on Draft Express’ Mock Draft after being thought of as a late first-rounder. Now DX has an excellent interview-workout video for your perusal, where you can definitely see where the Tracy McGrady comparisons come from:

It’s a little worrisome that George played mostly zone defense in college and that defense didn’t seem like a priority of his when asked (my impression), but he’s certainly got the tools for a coach to mold into an excellent all-around player. I recommend reading the latest scouting report from DX as well, but before you fall in love with his upside, remember that the Blazers will probably have to trade up into at least the mid-teens to take him at this point. Even if he doesn’t wind up a Blazer, this guy will be on my list of must-see players come Summer League.

UPDATE: I’m just noticing this, but apparently George didn’t do any of the speed or vertical tests as the NBA Draft Combine, doing only the 185-pound bench press, in which he could do four reps. His agent must have held him out of the tests, as George participated fully in the on-court drills.

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