The NBA’s Best Selling Jersey of 2005

The NBA’s Top-Selling NBA Jerseys for 2005

In April 19th, 2005, the league put out a press release that listed out the best selling jerseys since the beginning of the 2004-05 NBA season. In his first season with the Miami Heat, Shaquille O’Neal teamed with Dwyane Wade to form a formidable duo that would lead the franchise to a 59-23 record and finished 1st in their division. Shaq’s jersey would be the #1 selling jersey that season and Wade, in his second season, would crack the top ten.

The Houston Rockets recently acquired Tracy McGrady jersey was the league’s second most-popular jersey. LeBron James, Stephon Marbury and Kobe Bryant rounded out the top five for the 2005 list. Here’s the rest of the list.

The 25 Players that Sold the Most NBA Jerseys (2005)

Top Selling NBA Jerseys (2005)
Rank Player Team
1 Shaquille O’Neal Miami Heat
2 Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets
3 LeBron James Cleveland Cavs
4 Stephon Marbury New York Knicks
5 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
6 Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
7 Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets
8 Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
9 Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
10 Steve Francis Orlando Magic
11 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
12 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
13 Paul Pierce Boston Celtics
14 Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves
15 Yao Ming Houston Rockets
16 Amare Stoudemire Phoenix Suns
17 Emeka Okafor Charlotte Hornets
18 Jason Kidd New Jersey Nets
19 Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
20 Allan Houston New York Knicks
21 Kyle Korver Philadelphia 76ers
22 Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
23 Jamal Crawford New York Knicks
24 Ray Allen Seattle Supersonics
25 Chris Webber Sacramento Kings
Best Selling NBA Team Merchandise
Rank Best-Selling Franchise
1 Los Angeles Lakers
2 New York Knicks
3 Chicago Bulls
4 Miami Heat
5 Philadelphia 76ers
6 Cleveland Cavaliers
7 Boston Celtics
8 Denver Nuggets
9 Houston Rockets
10 New Jersey Nets

The Los Angeles Lakers were again the #1 team in terms of overall team gear and merchandise sales. With several players in the top 25 in jersey sales, the New York Knicks settled at #2 in terms of merchandise. Shaq’s popularity teaming up with Dwyane Wade’s upcoming star status pushed Miami Heat merchandise into fourth place right behind the Chicago Bulls.

To see which players had the best selling jerseys in the previous season or the season following this one, we got those lists waiting for you.