Paul George is a six-time NBA All-Star who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers as a shooting guard/small forward. George made his entry to the NBA when the Indiana Pacers picked him as their tenth overall pick in the 2010 draft. In his rookie season, he earned a spot in the NBA All-Rookie Team and charmed his way to the Slam Dunk Contest and Rising Star Challenge in the following season. Finally, in 2013 he was honored as NBA Most Improved Player and spent six seasons with the Indiana Pacers. In 2017, Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he spent two seasons before being traded to the Clippers in 2019.
The Exciting Contract with Nike
Paul George signed with Nike as a rookie, and after six years with the brand, he finally got the chance to have his signature shoe. Analysts primarily attribute this to how well he bounced back after his 2014/15 off-season injury during an inter-squad scrimmage for the USA national team. George then had to undergo surgery after suffering a compound fracture in his lower right leg and was expected to miss the entire season.
However, Paul George was determined to be back in the courts as soon as possible, and he put in a great effort to make this possible. When he returned to the courts on April 5, 2015, the NBA world realized how much he had improved, and his fan base grew instantly. As George kept getting better and proving that the injury was not a hurdle to his career, Nike decided to give him his signature shoe line. Since then, the Nike PG has been the shoes associated with the high-flying player who wears shoe size 12.
The Nike PG releases over the years have been:
- Nike PG 5
The Nike PG 5 is set for release on January 21, 2021, and it will feature a mesh upper with synthetic overlays plus exposed stitching on the toe area.
- Nike PG 4
Released in January 2020, the Nike PG 4 is the most exciting signature sneaker for Paul George. It incorporates high-end technology with a full airbag stitched into the strobe and has a full-length Air Max cushioning. It has a mesh upper and zipper overlay, making it a radical redesign from other PG shoes.
- Nike PG 3
The Nike PG 3 dropped in January 2019 and was designed to have reduced weight and provide better cushioning by including an Air Zoom bag and synthetic wings on the forefoot section.
- Nike PG 2.5
The Nike PB 2.5 was a hybrid of the Nike PG 1 and Nike PG 2. It has a stripe similar to the Nike PG 1, but its upper was the replica of the Nike PG2. It became one of the highly sought-after NBA shoes after it debuted at E3’s Fortnite ProAm tournament.
- Nike PG 2
Designed by Tony Hardman, the Nike PG 2 had a more traditional construction, and it featured the dynamic wings at the forefront. It focused on George’s two-way game and dropped the midfoot strap and bootie construction of the PG1.
- Nike PG 1
This was the first signature shoe that Paul George unveiled, and it became popular in the NBA. It had a low top design, midfoot strap, and featured the excellent Zoom Air Cushioning.