by Micah Hart
For the first time ever, the NBA released today the overall numbers for top selling jerseys internationally.
At the top of the list? Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who topped not only the overall international charts but had the highest seller in China, Europe, and Latin America as well. It’s Kobe’s world, we’re all just living in it.
Here’s a look at the top 15, based on sales at adidas locations outside the United States:
1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
5. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
7. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
10. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
11. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
13. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks
14. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
15. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Four international players on the international best-seller list (Where is Ginobili? Argentina, you need to get on that pronto.), including Rubio in his rookie season, which is pretty impressive. You can see the NBA’s biggest markets well represented, with two Lakers (and a Clipper), two Celtics, two Heat, and two Knicks on the list. LeBron is only at #3. It will be interesting to see if that changes at all if Miami takes its first title tonight or in the next few days, if that will change people’s perception of him.
Anyone surprise you with their ranking?