By Barry Janoff
April 17, 2014: The Miami Heat may be seeded No. 2 in the Eastern Conference heading into the post-season, but LeBron James No. 1 among the NBA's roster of most popular jerseys, a position he has held since the Heat won their second consecutive championship last June.
This also marks the sixth time that James has held the top position, based on overall retail sales at NBAStore.com.
James' teammate, Dwyane Wade, is No. 7 among the best-selling jerseys.
The Miami Heat also hold the No. 1 spot in team merchandise.
Sales figures were not disclosed.
No. 2 on the list is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who won the NBA scoring title this past season (32.0 ppg) and is expected to be named the league's MVP. Durant was No. 4 on the previous list, released this past December.
Durant's teammate, Russell Westbrook, was No. 12 on the list and the Thunder were No. 4 on the top selling merchandise list, according to NBAStore.com.
The Top Five among jersey sales also includes No. 3 Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (who was No. 2 on the previous list), the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (No. 4, down from No. 3) and the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (up one slot to No. 5).
Both Bryant and Rose maintained their popularity despite each missing substantial portions of the 2013-14 season due to injuries.
Like the Heat and Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers also had two players among the Top 15 best-selling jerseys: Chris Paul (No. 8) and Blake Griffin (No. 11). The Clippers were No. 10 on the merchandise list.
The San Antonio Spurs, which finished with the best record in the league (62-20) had one player among the Top 15: Tim Duncan (No. 14), whose jersey made the list for the first time since 2007, according to NBAStore.com.
This year marks the seventh consecutive season that adidas has served as the official on-court uniform and apparel provider of the NBA.
Top Selling Jerseys
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
5. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
6. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
8 Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. James Harden, Houston Rockets
11. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
12. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
14. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
15. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
Top Selling Merchandise
1. Miami Heat
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. New York Knicks
6. Boston Celtics
7. Brooklyn Nets
8. Golden State Warriors
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Los Angeles Clippers
Injuries Don't Stop Kobe, D-Rose From Selling NBA Merchandise
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