For fifth time, Kobe Bryant has NBA’s top selling jersey (2008-09)

The NBA’s Top Selling Jerseys of 2009

On April 1st, 2009, the NBA released their annual jersey sales numbers that gave us a view into the league’s most popular players. After losing the top rank last year, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers went straight to the top of the list. He was followed by Cleveland’s LeBron James in second place and Chris Paul of the Charlotte Hornets at number three. This is the fifth time that Bryant has led the league in jersey sales.

Last year’s top jersey seller Kevin Garnett fell to #4 and Allen Iverson was #5 with his new team, the Detroit Pistons. The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade was #6 and fell right outside the top five again this season.

The NBA's 15 Most Popular Jerseys for 2008-09 Season
Rank Team Player
1 Lakers Kobe Bryant
2 Cavaliers LeBron James
3 Hornets Chris Paul
4 Celtics Kevin Garnett
5 Pistons Allen Iverson
6 Heat Dwyane Wade
7 Celtics Paul Pierce
8 Knicks Nate Robinson
9 Lakers Pau Gasol
10 Magic Dwight Howard
11 Bulls Derrick Rose
12 Celtics Ray Allen
13 Suns Steve Nash
14 Suns Shaquille O'Neal
15 Nuggets Carmelo Anthony

The above ranking is based on NBA jersey sales data for the 2008-09 NBA season. For the NBA’s best-selling jerseys in NBA history, it’s tough to craft that list without having NBA sales data from every year. And we don’t have that. However, we looked at he numbers we do have, player popularity, looked at the teams and players that competed in the NBA Finals and came up with our list of the players with the best-selling jerseys ever.

If you’d like to view the most popular NBA jerseys for the years sandwiching 2009, you can do so for 2008 and the next season 2010. For our full list of the best-selling NBA jersey by year, go to this page.