There’s been plenty of hubbub this offseason about the Indiana Pacers shifting philosophies and opting to go from a big, power team to a smaller, faster squad. Part of that transformation was said to include Paul George playing some power forward, and Vogel revealed that he plans to start George at the 4, according to Candace Buckner of the Indy Star.
In fact, Vogel laid out his entire optimal starting lineup:
“An idea on paper is to have a starting lineup of George Hill, Monta Ellis, C.J. Miles, Paul George and Ian Mahinmi,” said Vogel, listing the starters in order from point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center.
George is coming off a season in which he only played six games thanks to a devastating leg injury. Such a shift will likely take some time to get used to, especially considering how much time he missed. The versatile forward didn’t seem too thrilled about playing a bunch of power forward earlier in the summer, and that really hasn’t changed:
Paul George now on @JMV1070 about his new PF role: "I'm not thrilled on it."
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) September 24, 2015
It remains to be seen just how much power forward George plays. There will likely be certain matchups where Vogel opts to play a bit bigger, and even if George is the designated “4” on the court, he may not get the defensive assignment of the other power forward, depending on who it is.
No matter what happens, it’s going to be an intriguing experiment to watch unfold.