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D-Will's jersey among NBA's top sellers

11/28/2012 4:27 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The NBA released its latest list of best-selling jerseys, and Brooklyn’s black-and-white scheme has cracked both the individual and team lists in the latest survey.

This fall, Nets point guard Deron Williams checked in at No. 11 on the list of hottest-selling individual jerseys, moving D-Will up at least a few spots from the April list that did not have him among the Top 13, and Brooklyn’s ballers as a whole ranked seventh in the league in team merchandise sold.

The biannual list, which is based on sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and on NBAStore.com, is released in late April and late November each year.

This fall, LeBron James is back on top of the individual list, reclaiming the top spot in jersey sales for the first time since April 2011. He is followed by Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and Derrick Rose, who was number on the previous list released seven months ago.

Among the Top 15 overall, the Lakers led the way with three players on the list, as new acquisitions Dwight Howard (No. 9) and Steve Nash (No. 13) joined Bryant in the rankings. The Thunder, Heat, Clippers, and Celtics all had two players in the Top 15, with Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki joining Anthony, Rose, and Williams as lone team reps in the list.

Williams’ new black-and-white gear may have vaulted him into the Top 11, but all the movement was bad news for a pair of key 2011-12 NYC cagers, as now-Rockets guard Jeremy Lin – whose Knicks jersey was No. 2 on April’s list – and injured forward Amar’e Stoudemire both fell off the list.

That was no big deal for the Knicks overall, however, as they ranked No. 1 on the list of team apparel sales. LeBron and the defending NBA Champion Heat were No. 2, with the Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, and Thunder – all of whom had individual players in the Top 6 as well – between Miami and Brooklyn at No. 7.

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