Paul George has joined exclusive company. In Nike’s 44-year history, fewer than 1% of their endorsed athletes get their own signature shoe. The PG1 sneakers debuted earlier this year but were not available for purchase until March 3rd. Since the shoes released close to two weeks ago, they have received glowing reviews from his NBA peers.
Big props from Jared Dudley:
Superstar Dwayne Wade got his pair autographed:
Teammate Jeff Teague sporting his pair:
Players and fans have not been disappointed with the PG1’s. Aside from aesthetics, have the shoes impacted George’s play on the court? To the delight of Pacers fans, there is an uptick in the production of PG-13 since the sneakers were released on March 3rd.
Season Averages: 22.2 PTS – 45% FG – 38% 3PT – 6.4 REB
Since the sneakers: 28.3 PTS – 55% FG – 45% 3PT – 8.4 REB
In the 7-game stretch since the PG1’s were released, George’s numbers have a noticeable improvement. The team however has alternated wins and losses, going 4-3 over the period. Maybe everyone needs to rock the pair that PG gave each teammate. It certainly is helping former Pacers player Solomon Hill in New Orleans as he put up a career high 30 points wearing the shoes.
George Hill, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Jrue Holiday are other NBA players that have been wearing the PG1.
March Madness has seen a couple of college players lacing them up as well.
They were not good luck for the Villanova player, however, as they fell to Wisconsin and broke brackets everywhere.