LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are insanely popular basketball players, if you can believe that, and both were featured in the top five of this season’s most popular jerseys sold around the NBA.
Stephen Curry led the list for the second straight year, while LeBron finished in second yet again. Irving landed in 5th place on this year’s list. It’s not surprising to see two Cavaliers in the top five, and it’s even less surprising to see two Warriors on the list (with Kevin Durant finishing third.) The only non-Cav/Warrior to round out the top five was Russell Westbrook, who was fourth.
If there’s any meteoric rises we might see going forward, it’s probably wise to look at Giannis Antetokounmpo. He landed ninth on this list, and that’s without the benefit of postseason exposure. If the Bucks manage to steal a round in this year’s playoffs, it’ll mean Giannis went nuts, and a lot of eyeballs are going to be on Milwaukee.
If anything, this current list reflects how insanely popular the Warriors and Cavaliers are. Those two teams led the league in overall merchandise sold, and it makes sense. Most people think that these are the two teams with a shot to win a title, and between James, Curry and Durant, the two teams probably have the top three players in the league. When you throw in Kyrie’s popularity, especially seemingly among younger people, it just makes sense that this list would be dominated the way it is.
I wouldn’t expect the top five to change much in the near future, but you never really can tell when a new star is coming to captivate America either.