It’s not easy to measure the true greatness of an athlete; there are so many factors to consider. The same, however, is not true (to an extent) about a player’s worth. We can measure this by the amount of money — through salary and endorsements — an athlete pulls in each year.
This might not be an exact science, but it’s a pretty good place to start. And along those same lines, when it comes to determining the popularity of an NBA player, we feel like there’s a similar path to follow — just look at jersey sales.
The National Basketball Association is a league filled with stars, yet, according to the jersey sales at NBAStore.com, it’s clear that some shine brighter than others during the 2016–17 season. Based on the sales from October 2016 to April 2017, here’s a look at the 10 top-selling player jerseys in the NBA.
10. James Harden
In his first season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, Rockets superstar James Harden showed the world he was more than just a dominant scorer. Tasked with running the point, the five-time All-Star led the league with 11.2 assists per game while adding 29.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a contest. If you didn’t fear The Beard before the 2016–17 season, we have a feeling you did after. No wonder his jersey was so popular