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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 1:21 pm  |  27 responses

Most Popular NBA Jerseys in China

Nothing super out-of-the-ordinary. But what will it take for Yi Jianlian’s jersey to become a top-seller in his own country? A trade to the Rockets?

2008-09 MOST POPULAR JERSEYS IN CHINA
1. Kobe Bryant 8. Allen Iverson
2. LeBron James 9. Dwight Howard
3. Kevin Garnett 10. Carmelo Anthony
4. Tracy McGrady 11. Steve Nash
5. Dwyane Wade 12. Derrick Rose
6. Yao Ming 13. Tony Parker
7. Chris Paul 14. Gilbert Arenas
15. Brandon Roy
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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Maybe if Yi steps it up this year…

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    If Yi Jianlian’s jersey is gonna make the list, I would think it should be offered in the NBA.com store at least… which it isn’t.

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    no Sun Yue love?

  • Ken

    I know, he won a ring and everything.

  • neaorin

    I think Derrick Rose is too high at #12.

  • http://slamonline.com Sean H

    Neaorin, it’s not a ranking…

  • http://slamonline.com Niya-girl-fresh

    Kobe still numero uno. He’s numero uno in Europe as well.

  • Aaron

    hohoho

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

    Which Iverson? Can we somehow get a photo of someone in Shanghai rocking a Grizz #3?

  • sab

    lol @ neaorin. dismay at Mo Charlo…

  • JD

    So let me get this straight, these chinese dudes r such a big fan of Yi that they vote for him over and over again in All Star, but they can’t be assed to go out and buy his jersey?

  • http://SI dfields

    damn!!!!…its seems like kobe jersey been number one for a hella long ass time….i think this is the third straight year kobe jersey been num 1 in the U.S,Europe, and China…this just show that kobe is truly.. a Global Icon!!….this reminds me…when jordan jersey was always num 1 during the 90′s…and just in case yall dont know…kobe has the 2nd most popular jersey in history of the nba since they been caculating the jersey sales…we all know who has the most popular jersey ever..jordan of course…but for kobe being close 2nd is amazing..kobe is that nigga rite now..the best hands down

  • la huey

    arenas’ jersey sales ranking amazes me considering how much we’ve actually seen him play the past two years.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    fantastic, neorin!

  • youngmuggsy

    Who the hell bought a Gilbert Arenas jersey last season?

  • youngmuggsy

    Jukai: That may be true but parker’s mid-range J is dangerous enough to keep the defense honest and for a slasher that’s all that matters.

  • youngmuggsy

    whoops wrong comments page.

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  • Kris

    Kobe again. First it was Europe and now China, he got the East Coast on lock. Hey what about the Middle East ? They get the NBA there right? SLAM you should check the numbers.

  • Danny W UK

    Maybe Hibachi means ‘Buy my Jersey’ in Chinese.

  • http://myspace.com/DATBOIFABIO fabio

    lol yay tmac

  • la huey

    @ Danny W: japanese borrow/steal from chinese. not vice-versa

  • rob

    @ la huey relax on the japan/ china thing!

    @ Seth I’m sure they have Yi’s jersey on NBA China store no doubt, just not in the US NBA store.

    My personal opinion, although I’m a Yi fan being chinese, he’s really just not that good! (yet?) I mean who would buy the jersey of someone who averages 8points and 4 boards and plays on a small market team.

    It’s funny though, how after the age controversy (was he 19 or 22) and Yi insisting he did not fake his age, no one mentioned over the last 2 seasons “he’s playing well for a 19 or 20 year old!!”
    I guess at the end of the day, when he begins to peak at 25+ we’ll see how good he is. Until then the (my) jury is out!

  • rob

    ps @nearin i think the reason why derrick rose is loved there is because he actually went to China and did a tour recently where they marketed him and d howard heavily

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  • Troy

    At one point, Tmac’s jersey was #1 in China for a few yrs. Obviously Yao’s jersey was #1 in China for a while. But by now, everyone that wants one got one already of these guys. So now you see the Leron and kobe jerseys being on top.

  • Paul

    Rose at 12 isn’t a surprise. He’s the best [Chinese-looking] guard alive.

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