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LeBron James, Heat top NBA jersey sales again

Apr 17, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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The best test of player popularity may simply be “who do fans spend their money on?”

LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

For the second straight year LeBron is on top of the list of the NBA’s jersey sales list, and the Miami Heat are on top of the team merchandise sales list. This is based on sales at and in the NBA’s New York storefront location.

LeBron on top is not a surprise, nor really is the rest of the Top 5: Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry. The top three teams are the Heat, Lakers and Bulls. Again, no real surprises there.

Here is the list of the top 15 players and the top 10 teams.

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
6. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
11. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
12. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
14. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
15. Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Nice to see Duncan and George make the list.

Here are the top 10 teams in merchandise sales.

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

Brooklyn’s gear continues to be popular, thanks to the Jay-Z approved look and colors. Interesting that the Spurs rank above the high flying Clippers in sales.

  1. jimeejohnson - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    CantonJerk: you wish you’re garbage Knicks had anyone with 1/10th of 1% of LeBron’s talent and determination. But pea brain hateful losers like you will continue to be pea brain hateful losers. Thank your parents.

    • leahcima1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Cantonjerk0 the all time loser.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Give the guy a break: he’s a Knicks fan!

  2. moseskkim - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    i sorta like the grey and blue scheme of the nets.. but the regular black and stuff.. coupled with the font.. its so boring. i dont like it at all. heck i like the new pelicans jersey better than that. i dont think its the design that is attractive.. i think its the fact that they are in brooklyn now. and somewhat because the colors are easy to match when u dress..

    • calkinsrob - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      didnt the nets have plans on the players wearing retro style jersey patterns from the old days with Dr. J, except they’d still be in black and white? if they created a nicer looking logo i would like it better. the black and white doesnt bother me as much as the lame logo.

  3. antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Steph Curry moved up 1 spot since December. Durant moved up 2 spots. Wade held steady at 7. Paul George fell to 15th from 14th. Tim Duncan came out of nowhere to get into the top 15 for the first time since 2007. Good for him!

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Kobe is number three despite not playing. I thought everyone hated him.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Most Americans do have a negative opinion of Kobe, as indicated by his consistently low Q scores (measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity, or television show) and perennial presence on “America’s 10 Most Disliked Athletes” lists. People on the market for an NBA jersey – which is a very small subset of society – are a different story.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        All those people who hate him must be still buying his jersey then.

  4. mackcarrington - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    I bet there are fans who have all of those jerseys in their closets. At over $100 bucks a pop, thats nearly 2grand worth of fan worship.

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM
    LeBroning has ruined the sport.

    • miamatt - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      LeBron is bar none the best reason to watch the sport, and has been for years.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        LeBroning is another example of how sissified the sport has become. Watch Bad Boys tonight & realize how soft the game has become.

      • leahcima1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        miamatt pointing out Lebron’s greatness to a guy like cantonjerk0 is like pointing out dog poo to Mr. Magoo. He’s going to step in just like cantonjerk0, the loneliest loser, does every time he takes his hand off the throttle to peck away at the keyboard.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:19 AM

        Give the guy a break: he’s a New Yawker.

  6. asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Sorta surprised to see the Clippers so high up there, never really see anyone wearing their stuff.

  7. alshonsmeathooks - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    my D Rose jersey makes me sad

    • cruelintentions662 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Which it should!!!

  8. Jeff - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Well, just like with anything thats popular – music, movies, TV shows, etc. – there’s no accounting for bad taste.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      For example: some don’t like avocado!

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