Steph Curry and Warriors Are Most Popular Team

To no one’s surprise, Steph Curry is the most popular player in the NBA. We didn’t need jersey sales to figure that out. His All-Star votes speak for itself (1,206,467). Curry’s jersey sales only punctuate what has been a meteoric rise for the Davidson point guard drafted in 2009, seen by many as a gamble because of his size.  After consecutive ankle injuries, there was a prevailing sentiment that Curry would never live up to his lottery pick status. But here we are in 2016 and Curry sold more jerseys than LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

The surprise inclusion in the top-5, nudging Durant out of the way, is Latvian rookie Kristaps Porzingis who has surprised everyone (except Phil Jackson) with his play. In his first year in the league, Porzingis has impressive numbers: 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 18.9 PER. Porzingis is more popular than Carmelo Anthony who didn’t crack the top ten jersey sales.  A surprise not on the list is Blake Griffin who was drafted #1, the same year as Steph Curry.

The Top Fifteen:

  1. Steph Curry
  2. Lebron James
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Kristaps Porzingis
  5. Kevin Durant
  6. Derrick Rose
  7. Russell Westbrook
  8. Kyrie Irving
  9. James Harden
  10. Jimmy Butler
  11. Klay Thompson
  12. Paul George
  13. Anthony Davis
  14. Chris Paul
  15. Carmelo Anthony

In team sales, the Golden State Warriors NBA title helped push them to the top of the class. The Warriors 24 game winning streak only increased the appetite for their merchandise. The Chicago Bulls were the second most popular team, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

The lesson for organizations is that winning makes you a lot of money. The Lakers are the only exception, losing makes them money.

The Top Ten:

  1. Warriors
  2. Bulls
  3. Cavaliers
  4. Lakers
  5. Knicks
  6. Spurs
  7. Thunder
  8. Heat
  9. Celtics
  10. Clippers

 

photo via llananba