Paul George has become one of the top players in the NBA throughout his career. The Fresno State grad has seen significant improvement from his rookie season up until now. If there were a redo for the 2010 NBA Draft based on where the players are right now in their career, the six-time All-Star would not have been the No. 10 pick.
Looking at that draft class, George is the one player who is doing the best so far. John Wall, who was the No. 1 pick in that class, has been dealing with injuries the past few years, and so has Demarcus Cousins, the No. 5 pick.
Looking at the four players who went before George, right now, you can undoubtedly say George is having a better career than all four of them.
The four draft picks that went before George
No. 6 Ekpe Udoh
The Golden State Warriors drafted Udoh. He spent only two seasons with the Warriors averaging 4.1 ppg his first year and 5.5 in his second. Udoh also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz. He currently plays for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
No. 7 Greg Monroe
Monroe was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, and the team had high expectations of the forward out of Georgetown. In his first season with the Pistons, he averaged 9.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In his third season with the Pistons, Monroe averaged 16.0 ppg, which is the highest in his career. He would spend five seasons with Detroit and then played for the Bucks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers. He is currently a member of the Bayern Munich of the EuroLeague.
No. 8 Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu was drafted by the Clippers and spent only one season with the team. After leaving L.A., he went to New Orleans to play for the Hornets/Pelicans. He would then go on to play for the Dallas Mavericks for one season and then the Portland Trailblazers. Aminu had one of his best seasons playing with the Trailblazers. In his first season with Portland, he started all 82 games and averaged 10.2 ppg, which is a career-high. In his last season with Portland, he also started in 81 games and averaged 9.4 ppg. He is currently a member of the Orlando Magic.
No. 9 Gordon Hayward
Hayward is another player in the draft who’s had a solid NBA career. The Utah Jazz selected Hayward out of Butler University, and he spent seven seasons with the Jazz making the All-Star team in his last year with the Jazz. After leaving the Jazz, Hayward went to Boston along with NBA star Kyrie Irving. Hayward’s first season with the Celtics was tragic. In the first game of the season, he suffered a gruesome leg injury that ended his season. He would make a healthy recovery and came back the next season, playing in 72 games and averaging 11.5 ppg. This season he’s averaging 17.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg for the Celtics.
A snapshot of Paul George’s career
George struggled a little bit in his first NBA season with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 7.8 ppg playing in 61 games and made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. After his rookie season, he would become the face of the Pacers. In 2013 he was named the Most Improved Player and also was an All-NBA Third Team and NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection. That season 17.4 ppg and 7.6 rpg.
During the summer of 2014, George broke his leg during training camp with Team USA. He would go on to play the final six games of the 2014-15 season with the Pacers. After a successful career in Indiana, he went on to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons averaging more than 20 points per game each season. His 28.0 ppg in his final season with the Thunder is the most of his career. George currently plays for the Clippers, one of the best teams in the league and is averaging 21.0 ppg.