The shoe game in the NBA is taken extremely seriously. All you need to do is look at P.J. Tucker, one of the top sneakerheads in the league, to see how seriously some players take the footwear they wear on-court.
Tucker reportedly owns over 4,000 pairs of shoes, and will regularly swap out his footwear at halftime in the middle of games when playing for the Houston Rockets.
And when it comes to signature shoes — of which only a handful of players can say they have a signature shoe line — one shoe stands head and shoulders above the rest as the most popular among Tucker and fellow NBA players. And no, it isn’t LeBron’s or KD’s.
Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Paul George‘s first signature shoe, the PG1, which was released at the start of last year, was the most worn signature shoe among active NBA players, with a combined 42 different players wearing a pair throughout the 2017-18 season according to ESPN.
11 current players have a signature shoe with a U.S.-based basketball company. These were the most popular among active NBA players this season. pic.twitter.com/j0knBc5TwZ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 31, 2018
Two pairs of Kyrie’s signature line come in at second and third, with only one appearance from an Adidas or Under Armour shoe, just showing how popular Nike basketball shoes are compared to their competitors.
George had this to say about the PG1 after launching it last year:
“I’ve been in the shoe for three months now, and it has proven to be the most comfortable one I’ve ever played in – even with all of the wear and tear,” George said after he launched the PG 1 last year. “I put a lot of work into the game, and the best part is that I can do that and be comfortable in my shoe. This has allowed me to play better and for longer.”