The famous basketballer has proven himself to be an invaluable asset in the world of the sport. Perhaps his passion and enthusiasm for the sport stem from his love and admiration for Kobe Bryant. Paul George, six-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA Team selection star, continues to be an inspiration to young basketball players and aspiring basketball players. An Olympic gold medal recipient, George’s talent is undeniable to the whole world. Here is more on his illustrious career thus far.
Paul George’s Bio (Age)
Paul George was born on the 2nd day of May 1990 in Palmdale, California. He was raised by parents that fully supported their children’s sporting interests. He was raised alongside two elder sisters who were also quite sporty. His first sister, Teiosha, played basketball at the Pepperdine University, California and his second sister, Portals, played volleyball at CSU-San Bernardino. George spent a lot of time playing one-on-one matches with Teiosha at the park, or sometimes even alone.
For his education, Paul George went to Knight High School in Palmdale California which was where he officially started playing basketball as he was a part of the Varsity basketball team. When his senior season came to an end, he had gathered an average of 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds which is largely impressive. However, he was not considered for college basketball. Instead, players like DeMar DeRozan and Jrue Holiday were considered over him. Not letting this deter his ambitions, he sought for and got admission to study at California State University, Fresno and while he was there, he played college basketball with the Fresno State Bulldogs.
After foregoing two seasons of the college basketball season, he was entered into the NBA draft of 2010 and was eventually selected by the Indiana Pacers. The deal he signed on the 1st of July, 2010 was guaranteed for two years and was worth $3.9 million with the open possibilities of a third and fourth-year contract. This marked the beginning of his professional career as a basketball player.
He made his NBA debut on the 27th of October, 2010 when the Indiana Pacers played against the San Antonio Spurs and by the end of that rookie season, he had gathered an average of 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and started 19 out of a total of 61 games he played in. George put in more effort and improved his stats in the second season. He gathered an average of 12.1 points, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 5.6 rebounds. His improvement more than proved of the saying that one can achieve anything if they put their mind to it and work hard.
Paul George recorded his first ever triple-double in the 2012 season and after bagging impressive average stats of 17.4 points, 4.1 assists and 7.6 rebounds. Perhaps owing to these series of successes, George’s contract with the Pacers was extended and he was made a designated player. He played with the Pacers till the 2016 season ended. When his contract with The Pacers ended, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder where he made his debut on the 19th of October, 2017. George has remained with The Thunders since then as he resigned his contract with them worth $137 million.
About His Wife, Girlfriend and Kids
As of this writing, the basketball star is in a long-term relationship with a woman named Daniela Rajic. The two love birds apparently started dating back in 2013 but broke up for reasons unknown. A few years later, they reunited and have been together ever since. Their relationship has produced two beautiful daughters and the eldest daughter is called Olivia. He frequently flaunts his beautiful girlfriend and daughters on his Instagram page, on which he is very active.
Paul George’s Net Worth and Salary
Having such a successful and stable career, it comes as no surprise that Paul George is worth millions of U.S dollars. He is currently worth an estimated $40 million with an average annual salary of $34.25 million.
Height and Body Measurements
Basketball as a sport usually requires tall players to play because of how high the hoop is. If a player isn’t tall enough, then at least he needs the proper shooting skills. Paul George has both of those. He stands tall at 6 feet 9 inches which is pretty tall even for a basketball player.