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LeBron and Lakers lead top-selling NBA merch sales with surprise new entry at second place

Despite failing to advance to the postseason, the Lakers and Lebron proved most popular again in NBA merchandise sales with James Harden making an entry in second place.

LA Lakers' LeBron James
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The NBA and National Basketball Players Association released data relating to merchandise sales via for the second half of the 2021-22 regular season (13 January-10 April) and once again Lebron James topped the individual player sales ranking with his LA Lakers side leading the podium when it comes to combined team sales.

Top 10 player sales

There was little mystery in the top seller listing with LeBron remaining the most popular player in sales but the surprise package in the Top 10 ranking was the inclusion of 76ers player James Harden who moved to the Philadelphia franchise in February from the Brooklyn Nets.

  • 1) LeBron James: Lakers
  • 2) James Harden: 76ers
  • 3) Stephen Curry: Warriors
  • 4) Kevin Durant: Nets
  • 5) Jayson Tatum: Celtics
  • 6) Joel Embid: 76ers
  • 7) Giannis: Bucks
  • 8) Luka Doncic: Mavericks
  • 9) Ja Morant: Grizzlies
  • 10) Kyrie Irving: Nets

Lakers retain merch top spot

Despite failing to secure a postseason place, the LA Lakers retained their top spot in the NBA’s most popular jersey and team merchandise lists with the Los Angeles team holding off the 76ers who enter the Top 10 boosted by a solid season and the sales from star players Embid and Harden. The Warriors complete the podium with the always iconic Chicago Bulls in fourth place.

James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers
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James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ersVaughn RidleyGetty
  • 1) LA Lakers
  • 2) Philadelphia 76ers
  • 3) Golden State Warriors
  • 4 ) Chicago Bulls
  • 5) Brooklyn Nets