NBA Reveals Top Selling Jerseys for 2018-19 season as LeBron James wrestles the top spot from Steph Curry
For the past 3 years there has been one man at the top of the list that NBA releases at the end of every regular season showcasing the highest selling jerseys on its store. That man has been Steph Curry. Since 2014-15 season Steph Curry has been the most popular jersey on the NBA store and its because of the fun and relatable image that he represents, but this season the King is back. The move to Los Angeles Lakers might not have gone according to plan on court, but off court the purple and gold number 23s were flying off the rack.
Here is the complete list of the top-15 selling jerseys for the season:
The final dance of the flash was bound to be a high jersey seller. And while he didn’t get to the popularity levels of Kobe Bryant (3rd most jersey sales in his final season), a return to Miami and that killer vice jerseys got him into the top-15 of the list.
Derrick Rose has always been a popular player in this league. His playing style on flashy finishing around the rim will always invite awe. After a lot of down seasons since his first injury in Chicago Rose came back strong this season (albeit not at his old levels, which can not be realistic) including a game with 50 points (career high). Thats got him to the 14th spot.
He didn’t let us down, we let him down. He’s still a Chicago Legend. Derrick Rose doesn’t get the credit he deserves for rebuilding the Bulls. I love you Rose and you’re forever and always my MVP. #DRoseDoc pic.twitter.com/yxksPd3MHq
— Youtube: LoveeDeja (@loveedeja__) April 12, 2019
Kawhi Leonard is never going to be the most popular guy in the game. From his awkward laugh to quiet demeanor, most of his character doesn’t really strike a cord with the fans, but he is one of the best if not the best two way player in the league and a move to Raptors for the season meant new team, so a direct increase in the jersey sales. Maybe if he finds his way to purple and gold next season, he will go a lot higher on the list. (I am trying to speak this into existence, and honestly can you blame me after this season?)
Speaking of good two-way players, Paul George is another top-5 two way guy in the NBA. Before injuring his shoulder he was having himself an MVP calibre season while also in the conversation for the Defensive Player of the Year. The Thunder though are not be a big market team and that is probably why George is down to the 12th spot.
Rookie sensation is a fan favorite. From his deadly step back to his childish glee and that back and forth banter with old man Dirk, Doncic is already well loved in the league and the jerseys absolutely jumped out of the racks and it is well deserved. In case you missed it, Doncic is a top-20 scorer in the league already. In his Rookie season!
Foreign players are making a big time splash in the NBA now, and its not just Canadians anymore. Philly is a big market and Simmons and Embiid are two halves of the renaissance in Philly. Simmons made the 10th position last season as a rookie and he has kept his spot this year.
Kevin Durant isn’t the most liked guy in the NBA, but he is a back-to-back NBA finals MVP and the best scorer in the NBA at all three levels (or is it Harden, its tough to keep up with who is called what anymore). He also plays for the Warriors so the jerseys sell themselves.
Took Minnesota to the playoffs last year after years of drought. You can’t blame them for buying into him, but then he ditched and ran and Philly was buying his jerseys. Put those two together and you see why Butler is on 8 above the likes of Durant and Pau George
3rd straight year of averaging a triple double. The man is insane. He might be the worst shooter of the season, but he makes up for it with his hard nosed play and everything else he does on court (including stealing boards off of Steven Adams). Thunder for most part of the season were hovering around number 3 spot in the West before a monumental collapse that finally landed them on 6th but could easily have been 8th.
James Harden was absolutely on fire from all over the court this season. He did a bit of everything with scoring, assisting, rebounding while also not being a joke on the defensive end, though he isn’t anything more than a below average defender yet, he learnt how to jump passing lanes and grab steals. But his jerseys sold for the 36.1 points per game that he averaged not his defense. That number incidentally the highest tally since Jordan averaged 37.1 points per game in the 1986-87 season.
The second half of the Philly savior duos and the most dominant big man in the game right now. It helps that he is a character on and off the court and is the biggest prize of the Process era of the 76ers. On the days that he plays (he does miss a ton of games) he can singlehandedly destroy opponents and there is a certain charm that big mean in NBA will always hold.
Regular season MVP Giannis (I know it isn’t official yet, but he is my MVP, and this is my article, what can yo do?), is called the Greek Freak for a reason. He is a lovable goofy guy off court with a penchant to do the most amazing things, and he has the Mamba mentality on court where he doesn’t give opponents an inch. He does things like average points, rebounds, assists and blocks at the highest rate since the likes of Wilt and Kareem, and he can do things like take off from the free throw line for a dunk without even knowing he is that far. I genuinely think if he puts in a little work, he can dunk from the 3 point line and we wont have any rules to say its not a 3 pointer. Anyway he is at 4. He should be higher. Damn you, small market Milwaukee.
— Spiro Dimitriou (@triou1) July 22, 2018
Kyrie Irving trades his spot with Giannis this year as compared to the previous one. Irving is a deadly closer to the game and has a bit of streets about his game with all the flashy ball handling and circus layups. Irving might not be a Celtic next season, so there is a high chance of a lot of these jerseys burning this off season, after all the Boston fans aren’t known for their niceness.
Finally dethroned, but Curry still remains a big face of the NBA outside of LeBron James. His shooting, his antics outside the game (where they should be), his charming personality and his absolutely mind-blowing shooting make him wildly popular in the NBA fandom. You need some special kind of disturbance to hate Steph Curry, unless you hate him for destroying the team you support, but that has to be temporary right? All these factors (also winning 3 rings in 4 years) make Curry’s jerseys among the most in demand jerseys in the NBA.
Has the most rabid fan following. Moves to a franchisee that has the most rabid fan following. And that includes the likes of Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Jack Nicholson and Adam Levine to name a few (and its legitimately very few). You add that all up and who else but LeBron James was going to top this list this year? Now if only they could’ve topped the list on the court this year. (insert crying emojis)