Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 1:40 pm  |  41 responses

’08-09 Most Popular NBA Merchandise

by Ryne Nelson

The final numbers are in for jersey and merchandise sales.

Sometimes good hoops markets push the players (Nate Robinson, Ray Allen, Pau Gasol); other times superstars push the markets (Pistons, Hornets, Heat). Kevin Garnett fell the hardest from last January’s returns, and it looks like he’ll slide out of the top five come next season. Gasol made the largest jump (No. 9 to No. 6) since January’s early returns. Dwyane Wade’s jersey was a success across the country as he led the League in scoring. Robinson, already benefitting from an eager New York fan base and Manhattan NBA Store, jumped ahead two spots following his Kyrpto-Nate dunk contest win.

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

As usual, when superstars are traded or change numbers, merchandise sales spike. The only such transaction this season occurred when the Nuggets traded Allen Iverson to the Pistons. Detroit saw a boom in national merchandise sales, but have since came back down to earth, falling two spots since January. With Iverson as good as gone, the Pistons may fall off the top 10 list altogether next year.

Clearly, everything LeBron is hot right now, and should continue to grow next season. At what point will ‘Bron surpass Kobe for the No. 1 spot? The Lakers have the bigger fan base, but like the MVP award, LeBron could take another title from the Mamba in the very near future. It’s scary to even fathom how strong a LeBron Knick jersey would sell should he choose to pack his bags in 2010…

Jersey sales increased 7 percent over last year at the NBA Store and NBAStore.com combined. Not bad at all.

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  • Bostwik

    I still need to buy that Nash Jersey.

  • Herfdawg

    I feel a Melo jersey comin on…

  • slamfan4life

    next year d-rose top 3 gaurenteeed

  • K-Nasty

    no Birdman?

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    A.I will fall the furthest next year.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    ^prob not, since hell be on a new team^

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Top 6 looks a lot like list of top 7 SLAM cover sellers…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Er, top 6 cover sellers (obviously). PP hasn’t had much success in that regard

  • http://www.reacavsfans.com Anton

    The Cavaliers posted the highest television rating number in their home market since the Chicago Bulls averaged an 8.9 rating in Chicago for the 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan’s final season with that club.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    All Kobe needs now is a Bill Russell Award from David Stern this year.

  • chazz michael michaels

    i fling my thing until i blow

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Melo would be #15

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Melo will enter true legitimacy in these playoffs. He should make a big jump next season.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    #9 over #’s 10-15 is the only real surprise here…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I wonder how many people regret buying that A.I. jersey…

  • Sarah

    The Spurs made top 10 in merchandise? Wooohoooo

  • http://www.triplejuneartherd.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s oddly great that nash who wears number 13 is ranked 13th in sales… next season he’ll wear numher 1 for his new team and…

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    i need a nash jersey.
    suprise theirs no blazers!

  • Scruffz

    I’m actually surprised Arenas isn’t somewhere up there.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    MELOOO’s gettin back to the top

  • TheBaller


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LETS GO ROCKETS!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.triplejuneartherd.com/dacre Dacre

    lETS GO mAVS!
    LETS go MavS!

  • http://www.triplejuneartherd.com/dacre Dacre

    For the record I have…three nash jerseys.
    dalmav home
    phoen away
    and PHX alternate
    just incase you were wondering how he gets up there to the 13th spot…

  • larrylegend

    orlando magic not in the top10…?

  • Kas

    there’s not a bigger clichè in the world right now than a LeBron jersey.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    who the hell is still buying AI jersey’s, damn.

  • rainman10

    You think Jordan is still top 10?

  • truthteller

    The Seed,
    Kobe will get it!

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  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    I own an NBA jersey store myself and my most popular jerseys vary a lot from these ones…. Brandon Roy is much higher in my list and so is Danny Granger. Although Kobe and Lebron are #1 and #2 in sales for me as well.

  • http://si damascus

    kobe jersey is still number 1…damn thats crazy…his jersey been number one the last three years…also his jersey was number 1 in europe and china

  • big z

    oj mayo will be in top #10 next year no doubt about it

  • TwinParadox

    It’s good to be a knick ,huh?

  • bcv

    i love kryptonate green jersey

  • Cizzo

    #Zero Agent Zero alternative jersey eff who’s popular!!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com Twon

    Roy needs to be in there… and if oklahoma citys werent so damn ugly, id say durant needed love

  • big z

    whers my man YAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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