by Ryne Nelson

Kobe Bryant’s jersey is the League’s best-selling, according to NBA Store in New York City and NBAStore.com. Last season, Bryant’s jersey finished second (to Kevin Garnett’s), and it was first in 2006-07, when he began wearing No. 24. In 2002-03, Bryant’s No. 8 led the League in sales as well. Teammate Pau Gasol made the jump to No. 6 after last season’s blockbuster trade with Memphis.

Chris Paul made a big jump, rising from No. 15 just a season ago. At No. 9, Derrick Rose is the only rookie in the Top 15. What’s more, December was the best sales month in history, with sales up 10 percent over the same period last year.

2008-09 MOST POPULAR JERSEYS (thru Jan.)
TOP 15 PLAYERSTEAM
1. Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
2. Kevin GarnettBoston Celtics
3. LeBron JamesCleveland Cavaliers
4. Chris PaulNew Orleans Hornets
5. Allen IversonDetroit Pistons
6. Pau GasolLos Angeles Lakers
7. Paul PierceBoston Celtics
8. Dwyane WadeMiami Heat
9. Derrick RoseChicago Bulls
10. Nate RobinsonNew York Knicks
11. Steve NashPhoenix Suns
12. Dwight HowardOrlando Magic
13. Ray AllenBoston Celtics
14. David LeeNew York Knicks
15. Carmelo AnthonyDenver Nuggets


2008-09 MOST POPULAR TEAM MERCHANDISE (thru Jan.)
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Boston Celtics
3. New York Knicks
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Chicago Bulls
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Detroit Pistons
8. New Orleans Hornets
9. Miami Heat
10. San Antonio Spurs