While you cannot measure a fan’s love, you can count the number of jerseys sold in a player’s name that and that can be pretty close. A good gauge of how popular a player is by how much merchandise he manages to sell just by being. Here are the top five sellers when it comes to jerseys.
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors No. 30
Two-time MVP and former NBA champion Stephen Curry makes it to the top of jersey sales for this regular season. NBA.com reports that this marks the second consecutive period that Curry has earned the top spot. These rankings were computed based on NBAStore.com sales since the 2016-17 season began.
“I want to practice to the point where it’s almost uncomfortable how fast you shoot, so that in the game things kind of slow down.” – Stephen Curry
This is despite the fact that the Golden State Warriors’ no. 30 had suffered a slight drop-off in numbers compared to his MVP season. Curry is still at the top spot for 3-pointers made and is still one of the best when it comes to three-point percentage.
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers No. 23
Despite a lot of controversies and hot-headed moments this season, statistics for jersey sales show that LeBron is still one of the most loved people in basketball. Jersey sales for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ number 23 comes at a close second.
Despite not being able to clinch the first seed, his fans are still hopeful that they get to wear his jersey when the finals come. LeBron is also currently a runner for MVP, although Russell Westbrook and James Harden’s team play stats might be hard to beat for this season.
Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors No. 35
Despite the big move from former championship contender Oklahoma City Thunder to become part of the splash brothers in the Golden State Warriors, jersey sales show that Kevin Durant has more lovers than haters. If they happen to be not from Oklahoma City, that is.
While the 7-foot power forward has not been as dominant has he had been last year, he has embraced his new role and shown his dominance on the court. Kevin Durant also happens to be one of the highest paid athletes on the planet. This year, he might just get a bigger chance of finally clinching the championship ring.
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder No. 0
Russell Westbrook had always been a star in his own right. He and Kevin Durant made an awesome duo when they were together in OKC. However, it was not until Durant left that Westbrook let out a flurry of triple doubles like never seen on the court before. Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s record for the most triple-doubles on a season. He has finally broken the record with a winning shot.
“I say, ‘Why not’ to everything.” – Russell Westbrook
His insane statistics make him the second NBA player, next to Robertson, to average a triple-double in one season. Of course, the 78-year old Robertson was very proud of his boy and congratulated Westbrook with a hug when they met.
Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers No. 2
Fifth on this list is one of the most dynamic point guards in the NBA right now. Kyrie Irving has awed a lot of fans with how he dances around the court. This is while getting past defenders in some of the most amazing and quickest feats fans have ever seen. Kyrie was also instrumental in bringing Cleveland its first championship when he hit the clutch and sank a three just after LeBron’s monumental block. Hopefully, Cavaliers fans would get to wear this jersey while cheering for him when the finals come.
Fan favorites Kawhi Leonard and James Harden also made it to the top ten. Newcomers Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Isaiah Thomas also made it to the top fifteen. This is not too surprising considering their performance and their team stats. Former MVPs Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wayde have also made it to the top fifteen.
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