The NBA sent out a press release Tuesday with the "Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys" and the "Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise" based on NBAStore.com sales from April through June.
After a quick glance, what jumps out most is how much the Warriors-Cavaliers Finals matchup -- two hyped teams, two super stars, two title-starved fan bases -- drove jersey sales. Golden State and Cleveland account for six of the 15 best selling jerseys.
That might seem like a no-brainer ... until you see the list:
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
7. James Harden, Houston Rockets
8. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
10. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
12. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
13. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
14. Matthew Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Notice anything, uh, out of place? One of these things is hard to spell, Australian and NOT like the others.
Yes, folks. Matthew Dellavedova -- not a Champion, not an All-Star, not even a regular starter -- had the 14th most popular jersey from April to June. This fact alone should earn Cleveland fans some kind of trophy.
And of course, Kobe Bryant's jersey still sells like hotcakes. So do Elvis albums, but I digress.
As expected, the Warriors and Cavaliers came in at No. 1 and 2 in team merchandise sales:
Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. San Antonio Spurs
6. Houston Rockets
7. Los Angeles Clippers
8. Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Boston Celtics
10. Miami Heat
The Lakers, Thunder and Heat all missed the playoffs, but have large fan bases and success in recent memory.
Washington doesn't crack either list despite making the playoffs and John Wall getting the second most All-Star votes in the Eastern Conference this season. Never thought I'd say this, but Wizards fans could take at least one lesson from Cleveland.
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