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Rose, Bulls top NBA merchandise sales list for 2011-12

By Official Release
Posted Apr 26 2012 8:35AM

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 NBAStore.com 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
Rank Player Team
1. Derrick Rose Bulls
2. Jeremy Lin Knicks*
3. Kobe Bryant Lakers
4. LeBron James Heat
5. Carmelo Anthony Knicks
6. Dwyane Wade Heat
7. Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks
8. Kevin Durant Thunder
9. Blake Griffin Clippers
10. Rajon Rondo Celtics
11. Amar'e Stoudemire Knicks
12. Ray Allen Celtics
13. Paul Pierce Celtics
14. Dwight Howard Magic
15. Chris Paul Clippers
* = Not on last season's list
Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
Rank Team
1. Bulls
2. Knicks
3. Lakers
4. Heat
5. Mavericks *
6. Celtics
7. Thunder
8. Clippers *
9. Nuggets
10. Magic
* = Not on last season's list
Historical Top NBA Jerseys from end of season
Season Player Team
2012 Derrick Rose Bulls
2011 LeBron James Heat
2010 Kobe Bryant Lakers
2009 Kobe Bryant Lakers
2008 Kevin Garnett Celtics
2007 Kobe Bryant Lakers
2006 Dwyane Wade Heat
2005 Shaquille O'Neal Heat
2004 LeBron James Cavaliers
2003 Kobe Bryant Lakers
2002 Kobe Bryant Lakers
2001 Kobe Bryant Lakers
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