ESPN's Darren Rovell includes a list of the top 15, but the five best-selling jerseys are listed below:
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:
LeBron: "It means a lot to know that I have so many fans that want to wear my jersey because they respect the way I play the game."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 17, 2014
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.
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.
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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