The tricky part of trying to build a winner is balancing sustainability and maximizing your strengths. It's something every general manager and president of basketball operations struggle to do. They try to win now as well as build long-term, title-contending teams while managing the business side of the salary cap and luxury tax penalty. These pressure-filled tasks are all interwoven constantly.

That's what makes the decision by the Indiana Pacers after last season to move away from "Bully Ball" and become a faster, smaller team so fascinating. On the surface, everything is working out great so far. The Pacers have been a nice surprise so far this season, posting a 9-5 record while taking very little time to get a good balance on the court with their new style of play.

Concerns over a big man rotation of Ian Mahinmi, Jordan Hill, Lavoy Allen and rookie Myles Turner haven't come to fruition on the court. Frank Vogel's willingness to be adaptable with his lineups has helped yield positive results as the team. The Pacers have had a below average strength of schedule so far, but ranking 17th isn't exactly an indictment on who they've had to play thus far, either.

The move to embrace the modernity of the NBA has been hard for some to accept and now something other teams are hoping to copy. And the backlash to those copying efforts is already out there because just playing small isn't the solution to adopting this new style. You need to have the correct personnel to be able to play this way and you have to have those smaller players willing to accept the brutality of playing a position typically dominated by bigger, stronger guys.

There was hesitancy with Paul George playing the stretch-4 position before and at the start of the season. As he fully returned from the broken leg he suffered in the previous year, George was going to have to endure more punishment as a 4 than he normally would as a wing. That's a tough sell to a lot of wing players because being able to sustain your play on the court and remain healthy can be the difference between being an elite player and being someone who doesn't realize their full potential.

George has excelled so far this season, posting averages of 25.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists with a true shooting percentage of 59.7. Those are absurd numbers. Here is the list of players who have accomplished that in a season.