Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 3:51 pm  |  58 responses

Kobe Tops NBA Jersey Sales, Again

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.)
1. Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
2. Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics
3. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets
5. Allen Iverson Detroit Pistons
6. Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers
7. Paul Pierce Boston Celtics
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
9. Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
10. Nate Robinson New York Knicks
11. Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
12. Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
13. Ray Allen Boston Celtics
14. David Lee New York Knicks
15. Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets

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
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  • killianc14


  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar


  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Lil Nate at #10 is awesome! That guy is fun to watch. Especially when he starts getting all fired up after EVERY play.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    No Kevin Durant is a little surprising… but just a little.

  • Wayne

    Nate Robinson? He shouldn’t even be in the NBA…And1 called and wants it’s player back.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    “Who gives a sh*t….who give a fu*k”.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I thought the next udpdate would have been about Wallace, btw. Good work, Rynocerous.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Ball Hog R@pist stays #1 in jersey sales. Lebron James stays #1 on Top NBA players list.

  • Tyler

    There is no Kevin Durant because those jersey’s look terrible…haha

  • Wayne

    LeBroom has nothing yet. I’ll believe he’s the best when I see some hardware.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Ahhh, all right. I’m on it…I wanted to delay long enough to pass it on to Marcel tomorrow. ;-)

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Who doesn’t belong? (tick-tock)…..Nate Robinson is the only guy on this list who will certainly never partake in an All Star Game.

  • WhaHuh

    Betcats needs to go somewhere

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne


  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Wayne, ‘LeBroom’ and Kobe both have the same number of rings without Shaq.

  • Sparker

    kids buy the nate jersey because they can get it in actual size

  • mike

    Yes!!!! I got here just in time for ANOTHER Kobe/LeBron argument. Kep it going! These never get old.

  • Wayne

    Did I say Kobe was the best? I just said Lebroom wasn’t. You Cavs fans are trigger happy to start a Lebroom v. Kobe debate…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper


  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Things are as they should be. And while I certainly wish Wallace the best, that was no cheap shot.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    James leads the league with most freshwater crab sales generated

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    L.A. L.A. Big city of RINGS.

  • Jackie Moon

    I knew. I freaking knew it.

    My President Obama: “Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in the world”.


    But, he was in Philadelphia. Being a politician, he would probably have said Lebron is the best if he was in Cleveland.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    Csrtoon’s jersey at number 5….all questions ANSWERED!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    where is Manu…..?
    i love the fact that the great Ray Allen is appreciated somewhere….on the other hand he is behind Nate Robinson…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos


  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    Durant is top-10 in 2009. Count on it.

  • Jackie Moon

    You played really well for Greece in the Olympics, man.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    thanks Mr Moon.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    The fact that they count sales at the NBA Store no doubt helps Knicks like Nate and Lee, as well as whoever’s jersey they stock the most of. Factor in all NBA jerseys sold everywhere, and the list is probably a little different.

  • Mo

    At the end of last season Chris Paul’s jersey was #5. Not 15.


  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Mo, I was referring to a year ago about Chris Paul’s jersey…Jan. 2008.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    @Wayne: I’m pretty sure Nate’s proven he belongs in this league. AND1 ballers wouldn’t last one sec in the NBA cuz their game is built on flash, not fundamentals. Nate’s a tried and true baller, plain and simple

  • Wayne

    wow, hang on Nate Robinsons d*ick a little more baconator, I’m sure he appreciates it…

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The Lakers need to bust the throwbacks out more.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    nate robinson.. wow what a surprise.. but hey, cant hate on the little man

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Wayne: You’re so stupid you were named after Lil’ Wayne.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Nate sh!ts on you, by the way. Bahahaha

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Arek: Its not too big of a surprise that Robinson’s jersey sells a lot, considering part of the data is from an NBA Store in New York.

  • Will Lee

    no Yao Ming? People just vote but not fancy his jersey?

  • Weapon X

    Lil’ Nate and David Lee are on this list because The NBA Store is in NY.
    If The Answer switches teams again he’ll move up on this list.

  • ClydeSays

    Gasol’s on that list? C’mon! Who in their right mind is rocking a Gasol jersey!? I doubt even Holly would sleep in one, nevermind wear one in the street…

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING

    i have a jersey store and a lot of my sales differ from this list… dont know how David Lee gets up in the top 15

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Lil Nate is pretty legit… or at least he was in the 2nd half yesterday against my hibernating Hawks.

  • Dwyane

    A.I. jersey is still selling and the Pistons jeresey is uglyyyy. Hes still 3rd all time when he goes bak to philly this summer its gonna be 1st or 2nd again.

  • T-MINT

    Yea, I’m pretty surprised Durant’s not on here. I don’t think it’s the jersey’s that is the problem. I think the home jerseys look pretty good, the away jerseys definately could use some work though haha

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    by the way…:THUNDER jersey’s (home & away )are terrible….

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ Panagiotis Vasilopoulos

    by the way…:THUNDER jersey’s (home & away )are terrible….

  • slamfan4life

    Rose’s are sellin like hotcakes, but idk how the Bulls as a team are in the top 5



  • Wayne

    Dwayne, Detroit has sweet Uniforms, it’s classic Red, White, and Blue. How can you go wrong with that?

  • BuzzerBeater

    I thought Bargnani’s jersey would be high because everyone in Italy has one.

  • dj

    rose in top 10 in just 2 months lol nba player should be mad

  • Chris E.

    Derrick Rose is popular because he wears a Bulls jersey. So where is D-Will? I’m suprised he isn’t in at least the top 15.

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  • http://MYLAKERS DD

    F*%#@ that guy who called kobe a rapist! Talent is talent! If Lebron is so much better there would be a t-shirt with one championship ring on his puppet’s hand instead of four on Kobe’s. BLACK MAMBA! And if some of you are so bored with this news then why are you even COMMENTING ABOUT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!?

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