For only the third time since 2001, an Indiana Pacer has cracked the NBA jersey sales’ Top 15 list with Paul George coming in at No. 14 in the fourth quarter of 2013. George joined Jermaine O’Neal — No. 13 in 2005 — and Reggie Miller — No. 8 in 2002 — as the only Pacers to make the list.
It should come as no surprise that Paul George has surged in popularity, not only in Indiana, but throughout the country. After emerging as a potential superstar last season, George has surpassed expectation only 26 games into the 2013-14 season and supplanted himself as one of the newest NBA superstars.
No numbers were provided for the rankings, but it’s a safe bet that George will continue to climb the ladder and eventually pass Miller’s eighth ranking. With the Pacers taking the NBA by storm this season, the amount of nationally televised games should increase in the coming years which would lead to more kids becoming Paul George fans.
LeBron James was No. 1 on the list, which surprises no one, followed by Kobe Bryant at No. 2. James Harden made his first appearance along with George at No. 12, and Michael Carter-Williams was the lone rookie at No. 15.
George has a long way to go before he can surpass anyone in the Top 5, but he’s put the Pacers on his back, brought them back to relevance, and made them a legitimate championship contender. All he needs is for everyone outside of Indiana to continue to take notice.