When one goes through something as traumatic as Paul George’s recent leg injury, it’s only natural he’d look somewhere—anywhere—to help turn the page as quickly as possible.
For George, the change was all in a number.
On Monday, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported the Indiana Pacers star would switch his jersey number from 24 to 13 whenever the All-Star forward returns to the floor.
According to Rovell, the change may have had its roots, at least in part, in a suggestion made by Grantland’s Bill Simmons one year ago:
By the way, I have some advice that will help Paul George become a household name. He should change his number immediately from No. 24 to No. 13. Here's why ... can you think of anyone being helped by a nickname more than Paul George suddenly becoming PG-13? 'Uh-oh, PG-13 is heating up!'
No complaints here, obviously. That’s pretty genius. At the same time, part of us hopes George’s switch was a way for him to exorcise the awful luck that jeopardized his career by embracing the most unlikely number on the planet.
Whatever George’s underlying motivation, it got us thinking: Who are some other NBA stars that could use a uniform change?
In the end, we came up with seven players we’d like to see join George’s digit(al) revolution—either for reasons of superstition, nostalgia or bringing things full circle.
Let’s get to it!