Derrick Rose and Bulls top most popular jersey list and team merchandise sales

NEW YORK – Reigning Kia NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls secured the top spots as the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise, respectively, based on sales at the temporary NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and on from April 2011 to present.

Rose, who climbed from No. 5 last year to No. 1 on the jersey list for the first time in his career, helped the Bulls reclaim the top overall spot in team merchandise sales for the first time since April 2001.

At No. 2 on the list is New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, whose breakout season also propelled him to the most popular jersey spot for February and March. Rounding out the top five are Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (No. 3), Miami Heat’s LeBron James (No. 4) and the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (No. 5).  Since 2001, Bryant has claimed the No. 1 position six times and James has held it twice.

The Knicks, who also have Amar’e Stoudemire (No. 11) on the jersey list, advanced two spots from last year to No. 2 on this year’s team list followed by the Lakers (No. 3), Heat (No. 4), and the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks (No. 5).  Prior to this year, the Lakers occupied the top spot in team merchandise since the end of the 2008 season.

Additional highlights:

  • The Mavericks’ first NBA championship resulted in the team and The Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki (No. 7) both joining the top jersey and team merchandise list (No.5) for the first time since 2008.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers make their presence known with two players on the list – Blake Griffin (No. 9) and Chris Paul (No. 15). The last time the Clippers featured two players was in April 2002 with Darius Miles (No. 7) and Lamar Odom (No. 8).
  • The Boston Celtics were the only other team besides the Knicks with three players on the list with Rajon Rondo (No. 10), Ray Allen (No. 12) and Paul Pierce (No. 13).

This year marks the sixth season that adidas has served as the official oncourt uniform and apparel provider of the NBA.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:                                         Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:

  1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls                                                          1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks*                                                     2. New York Knicks
  3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers                                                 3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. LeBron James, Miami Heat                                                           4. Miami Heat
  5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks                                            5. Dallas Mavericks*
  6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat                                                            6. Boston Celtics
  7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks*                                                  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder                                        8. Los Angeles Clippers*
  9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers                                                9. Denver Nuggets
  10. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics                                                           10. Orlando Magic
  11. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
  12. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
  13. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
  14. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
  15. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers*

*Not on last year’s list.

Historical Top NBA Jerseys from end of season:

2012 – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
2011 – LeBron James, Miami Heat
2010 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2009 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2008 – Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
2007 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2006 – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
2005 – Shaquille O’Neal, Miami Heat
2004 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2003 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2002 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2001 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers