Coming into the 2010 NBA Draft, Paul George was something of an enigma. An uncanny athlete with size, length and ball skills, teams still tended to shy away from heavily scouting a guy that couldn't even dominate while playing for Fresno State.
However, in the months before the draft, those who looked harder at George realized something else: this was a special athlete playing down to his competition. The height, the long arms, the ability to knock down jumpers over defenders -- those things were very real, as he showed in workouts against his best peers.
It was just going to take the right environment for it all to come together.
Does He Have "It"?
The questions around George were never going to go away before the draft. ESPN's Chad Ford called him, "one of the biggest upside players in the draft," but didn't project him as a lottery pick due to his inability to dominate a weak college conference. DraftExpress said teams needed to do their homework, "to see if he’s capable of developing into the type of player his athleticism could permit him to be in the long-run."
Paul George, when drafting on potential works
SB Nation | Feb 17