Paul George likely starting power forward for Pacers

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It’s been talked about all summer — Indiana going small and playing Paul George heavy minutes at the power forward spot. There’s a lot to like about that idea in an NBA going smaller.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel seems to like it — so much so he all but projected George as the starter at the four, when speaking to the fantastic Candice Buckner of the Indy Star.

“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.

He thinks George is up to it.

I think this would be a smart move by the Pacers.

George, even coming off his horrific leg injury, is big and strong enough to defend the four against most of the guys in the East — especially in a league trending smaller (the West with guys like LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge. George can be a primary defender against most of the fours in the East, such as Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James (against the West, where Anthony Davis, Blake Griffi,k. Offensively George’s shooting would help create better spacing, and his ability to drive past slower-footed defenders. This would let the Pacers bring Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill, and Myles Turner off the bench.

My only question with that starting five is if the Pacers’ would have enough defense. But it would be worth some extended minutes to see if it works.