Team: Indiana Pacers
2012-13 stats: 17.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.8 SPG
Paul George was yet another player who made a big leap last season, bursting into the spotlight thanks in part to an injury to Danny Granger that cost him all but five games. In Granger's absence, George confidently stepped into the spotlight and led the Pacers to 49 wins, their most since 2003-04. He got it done on all ends of the floor, scoring 17.4 points, grabbing 7.6 rebounds and handing out 4.1 assists per game while often having to guard the other team's best player on defense. He was named an All-Star at midseason for his effort, earning the league's Most Improved Player award, a spot on the All-Defensive Second Team, and an All-NBA Third Team selection at season's end.