Whether you use the money you got from: paychecks, allowances, or distant relatives that send random cards filled with money because they feel like they do not talk to you enough, a NBA jersey is never a bad purchase. Never.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending money to represent your favorite player, especially for us die-hard NBA fanatics. Not only do we represent our favorite player/team while wearing a jersey, sometimes we pretend we are them.
For instance, if I go buy a Kyrie Irving jersey right now, I bet I could crossover anyone in my backyard and hit a 360 reverse lay up. Granted the only person in my backyard would be my 11 year-old brother... but I could still pretend, at least.
But enough about me.
I know a lot of people want to buy a Kevin Durant jersey so they can "pull up from 30" as Stephen A. Smith would say. Jerseys make us believe we have NBA talent and a chance to show our team spirit. People tend to buy the most popular player's jersey. The reason for that is because jerseys tend to cost more than a T-shirt, so people want the best value for their purchase.
Players such as LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal have topped the list of best selling jerseys in the NBA. The one player who topped jersey sales that may be the most shocking was Jason Collins. After coming out in 2014, Collins received a lot of support from people around the world as his jersey became the top-seller.
Generally speaking, the top-selling jerseys in the NBA are claimed by the elite players. So let us take a look at the top 15 best selling jerseys so far for the 2014-2015 season and why a person might one particular player's jersey.
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15 Anthony Davis
The 21 year-old phenom is finally getting the recognition he deserves and if you do not know who Anthony Davis, it's time to get familiar. "AD" has played two full seasons so far and is in the middle of only his third season. In 2014-2015, he is fourth in the league in scoring at 24.1 points per game, in the top ten in rebounds per game at 10.4, and the leading shot blocker at 2.8 blocks per game. The numbers speak for themselves. He is playing for the New Orleans Pelicans and they are currently out of the playoffs, which stunts him from getting his name more out there. Once they start winning, expect to see more people with "New Orleans" on the front of their jersey and "Davis" on the back.
14 James Harden
James Harden is the league's leading scorer, yet he ranks 14th among jersey sales. Weird, right? Harden is not known to be one of the most like-able players in the NBA.
In an interview after losing Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin left during free agency, Harden said, “Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets. The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team."
Also, he is often made fun of for not playing defense. Critics came out of the woodwork after an 11 minutes compilation of Harden not playing defense went viral. Nonetheless, there is no denying Harden is a special talent that can elevate any team. Yes, he does have fans and it shows. He's even improved his defense this year, so critics are running out of things to say.
13 Chris Paul
Chris Paul has built quite the resume for himself throughout his career. Though, as he gets older, Paul's jersey sales will decrease if does not start winning with the talented Clippers team he is on. Every year seems to be the year for Chris Paul and this strong Clippers squad to take the next step. They know what he is capable of and believe he can lead the once bad Los Angeles Clippers to a NBA title. His leadership and off-court personality is what makes his jersey sell. Oh, and he's got some pretty great talent on the court.
12 Dirk Nowitzki
It may come as a surprise that Dirk's jersey sells more than Chris Paul and James Harden. Casual NBA fans may be surprised that an aging vet is out-selling two young stars, but for people that truly follow the league, it's no surprise. Dirk led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA championship in 2010 against the "Big 3" Miami Heat. He also recently passed Moses Malone for seventh all time in scoring. Dirk is one of the best scorers to hit an NBA court and it shouldn't surprise anyone that his jersey continues to sell.
11 Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is one of the most clutch players in the NBA right now. Seriously, watch this guy play in the fourth quarter and it will become instantly apparent how clutch he is. Lillard was drafted in the same year as Anthony Davis and is currently selling more jerseys? Why? He is leading the Trail Blazers this season and they are the second seed in the grueling, deep Western Conference. Increased jersey sales happen when you have a great talent playing on a buzz-worthy team. Lillard is that great talent and people buy his jersey to practice hitting buzzer beaters on a regular basis.
10 Blake Griffin
C'mon guys, who doesn't want to dunk like Blake Griffin? His jersey is like a cape and can give you the power to posterize. The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the league's most exciting teams to watch and Blake Griffin is emerging as the centerpiece of the franchise. His plays have the most replay-value and that explains him cracking the top ten of best selling jerseys.
9 Dwyane Wade
Everyone knows that Dwyane Wade is still a star, right? Despite his knee problems, "The Flash" knows how to get the job done on the court. His name is still popular among NBA fans after winning two titles in the last four years. Playing in Miami is a bonus for jersey sales, because let's face it, they've been incredibly popular over the last five years and they have a great color scheme. Wade is also an excellent role model for young kids off the court and many look up to him, which helps increase his sales as well.
8 Tim Duncan
San Antonio fans always talk about how underrated the Spurs are year after year and they might be right. However, they cannot complain about where Tim Duncan ranks among jersey sales. Along with being "Mr. Fundamental," he is also Mr. Consistency. Duncan has always been the quiet type that lets his game do the talking. The five-time NBA champion is not overlooked when mentioning the best power forwards of all time. The loyal Spurs and NBA fans respect Duncan and it shows in the jersey sales.
7 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony is one of the NBA's prolific scorers. There is no doubting that, though people doubt he can lead a team to the NBA championship. Anthony missed the NBA playoffs last season with the New York Knicks and will miss the playoffs again this year. However, people dream to score like this man does. His strength and shooting ability is almost unmatched in the league. Lets give credit where it is due, New York Knicks have some truly loyal fans. Every year is "the year" for them. You have to appreciate that. Combine all this and it's obvious why his jersey is one of the NBA's best sellers.
6 Kyrie Irving
In the NBA right now, it would be hard to find anyone with handles like Kyrie Irving. Who wouldn't want to dribble like him? Not only is he good at crossing people over, but he can shoot and drive the lane with ease. He's an incredibly smooth player to watch on the court and even though his Cavalier teams have not been the best, NBA fans still buy his jersey because his talent cannot go unnoticed. The hype surround LeBron's return to Cleveland haven't hurt his sales either.
5 Derrick Rose
Cue the "Derrick Rose jerseys are suits" jokes. Joke all you want, but Derrick Rose is still a star in the NBA. He arrived in the NBA when he became the youngest player ever to win the MVP award at 22 years old. His quickness and tenacity in the lane makes it hard for a fan to turn away from the television He's also come back from two ACL injuries, so you have to admire the man's toughness. Rose's willingness to start playing again is earning him respect and it's likely helped him sell more jerseys.
4 Kobe Bryant
Pretty sure everyone wants (or secretly wants) a Kobe Bryant jersey. This is the man that passed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all time scoring list. You can love him or hate him for his brash ways, but you need to acknowledge his passion for the game of basketball. Not only is his jersey popular in the United States, but it is popular in China and around the world. Some may have expected his jersey to be slightly higher on this list (even though he's still pretty high), but Bryant is on the decline of his career. Still good to see people appreciate all he has done in his career.
3 Kevin Durant
The defending MVP of the NBA is third in jersey sales. Something does not seem right.
Oh that's right, Durant might have slipped out the public eye when he got injured before the 2014-2015 season started. His jerseys sales will likely increase as he continues to improve and return to an MVP caliber player this season. Also, the Thunder are out of the playoffs at the moment because of injuries. But they will find a way in and Durant will find his jersey sales back at the top eventually.
2 Stephen Curry
When you hear "Stephen Curry is going off. Heat check," drop everything and watch him put on a show. This man will go down as the greatest shooter to ever touch an NBA basketball. He also has the handles of a Kyrie Irving and can put any defender on ice. Stephen Curry is the player everyone wants to watch because it is simply fun to watch what he does. Therefore, he is one of the top jersey sellers in the NBA.
1 LeBron James
Duh. We could have ended it right there, honestly. LeBron created one of the best stories in sports when he announced his return to Cleveland. Every NBA fan wants to own their little piece of history and what better way than with his jersey? There is too much to say. We could go on and on and on. Everyone knows who LeBron James is and it is hard not to respect him as a player and person. Only right he tops this list.
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