What a Fan Really Thinks About the 2010-2011 Top-Selling Jersey List in the NBA

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIApril 15, 2011

What a Fan Really Thinks About the 2010-2011 Top-Selling Jersey List in the NBA

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 11:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or usi
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    Earlier this week a list came out charting the top-selling jerseys based on sales recorded through NBAStore.com for the 2010-11 NBA season.

    Of the top 15 most popular jerseys in the NBA, many athletes reprised their role on the list, while some players you wouldn’t quite expect to be there also made an appearance.

    There were some notable changes to the list and here is what this fan really thinks about the new NBA top-selling jersey list for 2010-11.

LeBron Takes over Kobe

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    CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat performs his pre-game chalk throw ritual before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agr
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    In what may or may not come as a surprise to basketball fans, the Miami Heat’s LeBron James took over the No. 1 spot on the NBA’s best-selling jersey list from former No. 1 Kobe Bryant.

    Call it the return of the King or whatever you must, but this is the first time Kobe hasn’t seen his name top the list since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season and this may just be a sign of future things to come.

    As LeBron leads the three-headed monster down in South Beach, his ever-growing popularity has landed his No. 6 jersey at the top of the class and it doesn’t look like he’s willing to hand over his crown any time soon.

    Love him or hate him, James is becoming the new face of the NBA as old-timers like Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce let loose of their stranglehold on a majority of the NBA’s merchandising.

Rondo Comes in at a Close 3rd

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics calls out to his teammates in the first half against the Golden State Warriors on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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    In what could be seen as an even bigger surprise than LeBron over Kobe, Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo rounded out the top three with his No. 9 jersey.

    I’m not dismissing in any way the importance Rondo has to the Celtics and why he is among one of the better players in the league, but I feel there are plenty more fantastic players in the NBA that deserve the No. 3 spot over Rajon.

    Guys like Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and Amaré Stoudemire to name a few.

    But regardless, Rondo takes the lead of the C’s on the top-selling jersey list like he does night after night, which brings us to our next topic of discussion.

5 Celtics. 5 Celtics?

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 28:  (L-R) Ray Allen #20, Rajon Rondo #9, Kevin Garnett #5, Paul Pierce #34 and Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics huddle up during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Ar
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    Five Celtics in the top 15? Pretty impressive to say the least.

    Joining Rondo on the list is Shaquille O’Neal at No. 12, Ray Allen at No. 13, Paul Pierce at No. 14 and Kevin Garnett rounding out the list at No. 15.

    As a team, the Celtics are second on the list in total jersey sales behind; you guessed it, the Los Angeles Lakers.

    But don’t expect the LA to fold to the C’s as Kobe and company have held the No. 1 spot for eight of the past nine seasons.

    Five Celtics showing up on the list is a true feat, marking the first time in jersey sales history that five players from one team made the list of 15, but that still doesn’t answer my question…

    5 Celtics? C’mon now. 

Who’s Buying His Jersey?

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 17:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic tries to get around Shaquille O'Neal #36 of the Boston Celtics on January 17, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by d
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    Shaquille O’Neal has played for what, six different teams?

    So who really is buying his Celtics jersey?

    Unless there are a lot of huge Shaq fans out there that go and buy each jersey from every team he’s been on, I just can’t understand how Shaq managed to show up at No. 12 on this list.

    He even beat out the two faces of Boston’s franchise in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

    How are you going to let that happen Boston?

    On another note, I don’t get how so few people are buying the jerseys of guys like Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and John Wall.

    These guys play MVP-caliber ball and dare I say, possess Hall of Fame potential, but yet they sit down on the list with the likes of Shaq.

    I guess some questions are never meant to be answered.

Who Should Get More LOVE?

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this P
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    It’s got to be Minnesota’s very own Kevin Love.

    Love is in the NBA record books with 52 consecutive double-doubles, but it seems his jersey gets no love and ‘Wolves fans need to show their support.

    Chris Paul of New Orleans also was snubbed this year. I realized he may not be in NoLa for very much longer, but he’s the face of the franchise so you’d think his jersey would be a top seller.

    Also guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Russell Westbrook, both very good players and both are catalysts to their team’s success, but yet they get no love in the jersey department.

    I guess it’s time I log onto NBAStore.com and buy some jerseys, I suggest you do the same.