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Carmelo Anthony passes LeBron for top selling jersey

Apr 9, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star on the biggest NBA stage — the scorer leading the best New York Knicks team in more than a decade — and that sells a lot of jerseys.

Anthony moved past LeBron into the top spot in national jersey sales, the NBA announced Tuesday morning. This is based on jersey sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and from November 2012 to now.

Anthony was fourth last season but the resurgence of the Knicks this season — currently 50-26, second best record in the East — catapulted him up the list, as did the fact he is the NBA’s current leading scorer at 28.4 points per game. Surprisingly, Anthony is the first-ever Knick in the top spot, the NBA said.

LeBron is second, followed by Kevin Durant third, Kobe Bryant fourth and Derrick Rose fifth despite not playing a game this season due to knee surgery in the off-season.

The Knicks also lead the team merchandise sales list, which isn’t a surprise. That is followed by the Heat, Lakers and Nets — the move to Brooklyn and the new Jay-Z designed black-and-silver uniforms and look have made Nets gear a hot item since the start of the season. Plus, the Nets just moved to a much bigger market.

Here is the most popular jersey sales list:

1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
2. LeBron James, Miami Heat
3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
6. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
9. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
12. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
13. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
14. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
15. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

Top 10 Most Popular Merchandise (by Team)

1. New York Knicks
2. Miami Heat
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Brooklyn Nets
5. Chicago Bulls
6. Boston Celtics
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Los Angeles Clippers
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Philadelphia 76ers

  1. pantsfreezone - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Between Melo and Kobe you have just enough jerseys sold to remind kids that a step-back, contested, twenty foot jumper is the “right” basketball play.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Is passing the ball for the winning shot the right play?

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Don’t hate just because they are good jump shooters.

      • pantsfreezone - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        No worries, I don’t. I do hate that Melo and Kobe are ball stopping, ball hogging, iso players with poor shot choice. (Although, in his desperation to not watch the playoffs at home on his couch, Kobe has started being more of a facilitator just a wee bit too late)

        Oh and Melo is impressive. 50 points, 1 rebound, no assists. Did you notice that as Melo’s FG% and FGA go up the rest of the team’s %’s go way, way down? Great teammate. Great player. Enjoy your 9/10 years out in the first round Mr. Anthony.

      • heat256 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Yes, Melo’s .456 career shooting pct and .322 3 point pct are things of beauty. As is his boner inducing .419 playoff shooting pct. Try and contain yourself when he shoots 7 for 22 in the playoffs.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Kobe went 6 of 24 in the game 7 win against the celtics a few years back..

        Great performance

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      ny is always # 1 wtf cares what you bozos say.
      go back to you BS state.
      you bunch of bi-atches

      • jt1138 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Except when it comes to the playoffs

  2. acdc363 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Good for him and the Knicks!

  3. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Only thing Melo is ever going to beat LBJ at..

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Actually Carmelo is 12-8 lifetime vs LBJ in head to head matchups scoring 27.2 ppg. So you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • heat256 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        And LeBron is ahead of Melo in areas that really matter. You know, MVP trophies, head to head playoff wins, draft position, and titles. So, yeah.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Yea but lebron is 4-1 against him in the playoffs so yeah..

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Also lebron makes a higher percentage of his shors than melo, he just doesn’t jack up 30 shots a game like melo because lbj focuses on other stuff besides scoring..

        Thats why he leads the team in pts rebounds and assist, and probably steals and blocks or close to it

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        @ heat: it’s much easier for LeBron, playing with 2 all star starters. Melo has pretty much carried the Knicks with his scoring.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM


        Led the knicks to what? A first round exit? Or like he led the nuggets to the second round?

        Lebron took the cavs to the finals, stfu

    • heat256 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM


      You belittle Bosh’s ability at every turn, and say Wade is a broken down whiner who apparently has done well only because of the refs, while at the same time talking up how complete the Knicks roster is from top to bottom, and now the excuse is about the Heat having 2 All-Stars while the Knicks don’t have the talent and poor old Melo is doing it all on his own.

      Make up your mind, man. Your positions may suck, but at least have the stones to pick an argument and stick to it.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        not an excuse, just fact. 3 all star starters to 1, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out LBJ has more help. Hello, your team is the favorite to win it all. I just disagree with the arrogant bandwagoners that think they are going to beat everyone with ease & especially with the fools that rank the Heat as the best of all time.
        I expect the Knicks or Indiana to take the Heat to 7 games & I would not be surprised if the Knicks or Pacers beat them. The Celtics took you to 7 last year & this Knick team is just as good or better than that Celtic team.
        I never posted things like just give us the championship already, or dynasty, or greatest team ever. That’s what many arrogant, uneducated bandwagoners have been posting.

  4. june20102002 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I guess the band wagon is starting to fill up in New York. Wonder what Colen Cowherd has to day now? He use to zing Aaron Rodgers, now he rides the jock.

  5. philyeagles5 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    rose is the 5th leading scorer? i dont think a player can be 5th at 0.0

    • mckaymatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      With reading comprehension like yours, I’m sure always ace the tests.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Did you even read?

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Bandwagoners can’t afford merchandise.

    • mckaymatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      ” This is based on jersey sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and from November 2012 to now.”

      Considering the sales are based on the NBA store located in NY, I’d hope the majority of the merchandise being sold would be Knicks gear.

    • thenmoveback - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      So canton you call heat fans bandwagon, yet it takes a 50 win season for melo to get the number one spot? From 4th to 1st in sales, sounds like a bunch of bandwagon Knicks fans right? They didn’t buy his jersey last season but now that they are the two seed they buy? Bandwagon! Just going by how you judge heat fans. Oh and you jumped on the dolphins bandwagon years ago.

      • nobandwagonridersallowed - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        @thenmoveback… Great Point about the 4th to 1st. Numbers never lie.

        Carmelo Is an absolute stud offensively and people love offense. It Doesn’t surprise me at all on the Jersey sales.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Wow! I use to joke about how stupid you are but now you’ve proved beyond a doubt to be the biggest idiot on here. How can you say I jumped on the Dolphins bandwagon? What bandwagon? What have they won? Living in NY, if I was a bandwagon jumper, I would have chose to be a Giants fan. After all, they have been far more successful than the Dolphins over the last 30 years, winning 3 Superbowls and being in 4. So MORON, how many have the Dolphins won? ZERO! They’ve only made the playoffs once in the last 10 years.
        I can’t get over how stupid you are. It truly is amazing. Thank you for making it clear to me that trying to talk to an idiot like you is a complete waste of time. You don’t even know what bandwagon fan means.
        And your little Carmelo jersey point is ridiculous because if you have any common sense you would understand the population of NY City, not state, just city is over 8 million people. Where as Miami is only 400,000. Of coarse there will be bandwagoners, but the population is so overwhelming & don’t forget, not all people in Miami are from here, they are transplanted from other places & still loyal to their teams.
        Sorry if my response was so long, I know reading is not your strong point.

  7. jimsjam33 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Mike Prada ? What NBA team does he play for ? Oh , he doesn’t play . Then what team did he coach ? Hmm , not that either . ?
    Dawg get back in your house and nibble on your bone . The Clippers are going to win it all !

  8. e5tolife - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Does anyone else honk the results might be a little skewed by only using the website and a manhattan store? It would stand to reason that there are more Knicks fans than Miami fans in manhattan. The results might be different if you we’re using just the website or the website and a store in southern Florida.

  9. 13arod - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    don’t lnpw hpw derieck rose still selling mercendice when he has been out for a while

  10. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I stopped reading when i saw

    “This is based on jersey sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and”

  11. asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I’m somewhat surprised James Harden isn’t on here… marketable star on a new team generally means big jersey sales numbers.

    • katra2logic - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      @asimonetti88: This was a surprise to myself also, love the ‘Beard’.

      I see Kyrie Irving made the list, the All-star game this year really gave him some good media exposure. Cheers :-)

  12. bbk1000 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Based upon sales from where?????

    IMO LeBron is one of the biggest pan$ies in the league, but he is better than Melo…

    Jersey sales are more a reflection of the IQ of the buyers anyway…

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    So now not only the Knicks haters will come out, but the outta towners with inferiority complexes are coming out as well, huh?

  14. southpaw77 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Derrick Rose is at number 5 and Brandon Roy has played more games than him. Amazing, must have been those catchy Adidas commercials proclaiming the return that wont happen in this season.

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