Paul George’s journey to a signature sneaker may not have been an easy one, but it was finally realized this season, making him the fourth active NBA player on Nike’s roster with a model of his own. Talks were underway regarding George getting his own line in 2016, but his untimely injury not only jeopardized the project’s timeline, but it’s very existence.
George’s line now occupies the spot in Nike’s lineup once claimed at different times by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as the “budget model.” It’s not necessarily a glamorous title; if history has taught us anything about Nike’s hoops shoes, you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes you get less, but sometimes you get far more. The early and most affordable models in the aforementioned lines have been some of the best-performing ones in Nike’s recent history, despite their entry-level pricing. This bodes well for the introduction of the PG1, as sometimes a bare bones approach is more effective when it comes to playability.
Since his late-2015 return to the court, George has steadily returned to the form he lost in his injury and proven himself worthy of a signature model as the Pacers fight for a playoff spot. His future as a Pacer, however, is uncertain. George’s contract was heavily rumored to be moved at the 2017 trade deadline, and speculation remains that he will be suiting up for a new team following his impending free agency.
That means that by the time the Nike PG2 drops next year it may be launching in purple and yellow. But before we get ahead of ourselves though, it’s time find out if the first model in the series carries on the tradition of fantastic affordable signature models from Nike.
Hover over the dots for a breakdown of how the Nike PG1 performs on-court.