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These will be the best selling NBA jeseys in 2010-2011
It is the fashion choice of many wannabe athletes: the sports jersey. While that trend may make Tim Gunn cringe, there is no doubt that jersey sales are big business. In the NBA sales of jerseys were up 20 percent last season over the previous year. Kobe Bryant's(notes) jersey led the league in sales for the second straight season. Big names in different place will likely have a huge impact on the top of this season's sales list. Here are the five, plus one wild card, that I believe will sell the most.
5. John Wall(notes): The rookie point guard from the University of Kentucky was the number one overall pick in the 2010 draft. The Washington Wizards will be building their team around their new star. He has the electric type of game that will catch on fast. I see him having an impact on the D.C. sports scene much like that of the NHL's Alexander Ovechkin.
4. Amar'e Stoudemire(notes): This past off-season the free agent power forward decided to leave the Phoenix Suns for the New York Knicks. The team hopes to use the big man to draw even more talent to the team. The Knicks had the fifth best selling team jersey last season, without much star power to drive sales. The combination of the Knicks and Stoudemire should land him in the top five.
3. Shaquille O'Neal(notes): The future hall of famer is now with his sixth franchise in the twilight of his career. The Boston Celtics were happy to add The Diesel to help fill the hole the team had at center, due to Kendrick Perkins(notes) knee injury. The combination of O'Neal's personality and a good Celtics team should help his number 36 fly off the shelves.
2. Kobe Bryant: Coming off another NBA title Bryant's jersey sales should remain strong. Everyone likes to sport the swag of a winner and the Los Angeles Lakers definitely fit the bill. Also it doesn't hurt that Bryant is probably the game's best overall player. Only a perfect storm keeps him from being number one three years in a row.
1. LeBron James(notes): It was huge news in the off season when James let the world know that he was taking his skills to the Miami Heat. He joins his buddies Dwyane Wade(notes) and Chris Bosh(notes) in South Beach, in what they hope will become a dynasty. Giddy Heat fans will happily plunk down $90 for the new James jersey, while Cleveland Cavalier fans would happily sell their old jerseys for 90 cents.
Wild Card. Carmelo Anthony(notes): Rumors having been circulating all summer long that Anthony might be heading out of Denver. If Anthony were to get traded before the season starts I could see his new uniform cracking the top five. Especially if he is traded to the Knicks or New Jersey Nets.
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