LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant Top List of NBA Jersey Sales

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 17, 2014

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You likely already know it, judging by the ubiquity of his jersey in NBA arenas, but we might as well inform you that LeBron James holds the top spot in NBA jersey sales at the close of the season.

ESPN's Darren Rovell includes a list of the top 15, but the five best-selling jerseys are listed below:

  1. LeBron James
  2. Kevin Durant
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Derrick Rose
  5. Stephen Curry

The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

As for you fans spending your hard-earned money on James swag, you have humbled your King. Here is what he had to say, via Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press:

Rovell does provide some interesting tidbits for those of you wondering what the best-selling teams were this season: "Thanks in part to James, who has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the league, the Heat are the best-selling team. The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics finished second, fifth and sixth in merchandise sales, respectively, despite all missing the playoffs."

Now, there are a few interesting items to note on the season's collection of best-sellers. As Rovell explains, Durant enjoys the highest placement of his career, finishing just shy of the top spot.

It makes sense when you consider that the already prolific scorer destroyed the opposition this season to the tune of 32 points per game—a career high.

Jan 10, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill (left) and Kobe Bryant react during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 123-87. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Spor

The other obvious point is that fans haven't let pesky issues such as season-ending injuries hinder their need to own a Kobe Bryant or Derrick Rose jersey.

Bryant played six games this season and largely sulked the rest of the time, leaving the team early to embark on a family vacation this past week.

Rose has played in just 49 games over the last three seasons.

You might say that some players have already done enough to motivate fans to buy their jerseys. In some respects, success on the court has become superfluous for jersey sales.

When you consider that the Lakers, Knicks and Celtics—teams that struggled in 2013-14—finished in the top six of team sales, you have evidence that popularity is largely ingrained.

With that, we surmise the list will look remarkably similar next season, with a few new names peppered in amid the usual suspects.

NBA fans know what they like, and silly things such as injuries and mounting losses will not deter them from boasting their loyalty to the tune of an expensive jersey.


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