By Mike Chiari ,
Per Nina Mandell of USA Today, NBAStore.com announced Wednesday that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers stars ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in jersey sales from October 2015 through December 2015.
In addition to Curry and James, here’s a look at the top 15 sellers from that time frame:
|1||Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors|
|2||LeBron James||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|3||Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers|
|4||Kristaps Porzingis||New York Knicks|
|5||Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|6||Derrick Rose||Chicago Bulls|
|7||Russell Westbrook||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|8||Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|9||James Harden||Houston Rockets|
|10||Jimmy Butler||Chicago Bulls|
|11||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors|
|12||Paul George||Indiana Pacers|
|13||Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans|
|14||Chris Paul||Los Angeles Clippers|
|15||Carmelo Anthony||New York Knicks|
Curry and James clashed in last year’s NBA Finals, which saw the Dubs come out on top, 4-2, despite James’ strong performance.
Considering Curry is the reigning league MVP and James won the award on four occasions, it isn’t surprising to see their names near the top of the list.
The same can be said for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who came in at No. 3 in the final season of his illustrious career.
While fans have had no shortage of opportunities to buy Bryant jerseys over the years, the fact that he is riding off into the sunset has seemingly sparked interest in donning the future Hall of Famer’s No. 24.
Although he’ll only be on the court for a few more months, Bryant’s jersey is unlikely to ever go out of style.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the top 15 is New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4.
Many were skeptical when the Knicks selected the 7-foot Latvian in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft, but he has proved the doubters wrong by averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game and establishing himself as a Rookie of the Year contender.
Porzingis is the only first-year player on the list.
The fact that he plays in such a big market helps his cause, as does the fact that his jersey may be a big seller internationally, since he’s the NBA’s fastest-rising European player.
Youngsters like Porzingis may well ascend to the top of the list in the coming years, but as of right now, it is still quite apparent that fans gravitate toward sustained greatness, which is why the likes of Curry and James aren’t likely to fall anytime soon.