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Paul George, Pacers Agree To Maximum Contract Extension

Pacers young gun, and recent playoffs revelation Paul George is today said to have agreed to a huge $90 million, 5 year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers ahead of the upcoming 2013/14 NBA season, sources reported early this afternoon, thus making him the team’s number one franchise player moving forward.

In just his third season, George was monstrous throughout last season’s playoffs (and in the absence of Danny Granger) averaging 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist per game, guiding the Pacers all the way to a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was also named the NBA’s most improved player of 2013, proving it with his thrilling post season performance.

This is the icing on the cake for a Pacers team that had an incredibly successful season, and solid off season signing and re-signing players to retain a core that they, and many others believe will content for a title in 2014. Star forward Danny Granger returns from injury, David West and Roy Hibbert re-signed with the team for a further three and four years respectively, and the signings of Luis Scola and Chris Copeland improve the team’s understrength bench dramatically. Will it be enough to dethrone the Heat? Hard to say, but there is little doubt that Indiana have built a solid core that will give it a damn good shake.

The deal is said to be in the final stages of negotiation, and is expected to be signed off on before the end of the week.



2013 DRAFT WATCH – ROUND 1

Here we go… it’s that time of year again!

That time where we all are glued to College ball games, and checking stats and reports on the new young ‘uns coming through.

If you followed us through last season, you will know we had our eyes peeled for most players that were finding themselves rising and dropping down mock draft lists.

Last year we picked out 3/4 players each week and gave you our rundown on each players strengths, weaknesses and the general feelings around the net regarding said players.

Currently there is 206 days until the 2013 Draft, so that gives us and yourselves to stick with us at NBA Nation Australia as we find at dissect the stars of tomorrow.

To kick start my Draft watch this year, I’ll start with the player that is currently topping the Mock Drafts that matter…

 

Cody Zeller – Power Forward/Center

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This powerful PF/C from Indiana, has been the talk of people close to the League for sometime. Brother of Cleveland rookie Tyler, Cody plays his college ball out of his hometown. A very smart player with a basketball I.Q years beyond his young age, Cody not only has a good brain but is very skillful for a big man. Cody can at times be caught charging up court and catching defences off while he picks up easy baskets. Despite standing at 6’11”, Zeller is very versatile and is very active even when off the ball. Zeller has a great physical frame, and still has room to bulk up more. Has a pretty decent jump-shot, and tends to hit his free throws.

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NBA Punters Picks

NBA Punters Picks

After a few days waiting for the league to settle most teams have 2-3 games under their belts. Some teams showing some stunning early season form (Houston) whilst others are struggling to get started (Detroit, Denver, Sacramento all 0-3).

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