The Sixers may be in the midst of a seven game losing-streak, but their improbable 3-0 start, largely propelled by rookie Michael Carter-Williams, caught national attention. NBA.com and Addidas, have released their highest selling jerseys, after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday holidays, and Carter-Williams has already found his way onto the list.
Despite missing the past seven games, Michael Carter-Williams comes in at the fifteenth highest selling jersey so far this season.
1. LeBron James, Miami Heat
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
3. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
6. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
7. Dwyane Wade, Miami HEAT
8. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
9. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
11. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
12. James Harden, Houston Rockets
13. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
14. Paul George, Indiana Pacers
15. Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
Fifteenth doesn’t seem like much of an accomplishment, but if you take into account that Carter-Williams was considered much of a mystery coming into the season, and not likely to be a star point-guard by many, myself included, it’s a pretty big deal.
Also, looking at the other names above Carter-Williams, he is on a list that features some pretty special people. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Dwyane Wade are all locks to be first ballot hall-of-famers. Derrick Rose is a former MVP, and Carmelo Anthony is considered to be one of the best pure scorers the game has seen in a long time. Chris Paul might not have ever won a league MVP or a title, but he is viewed by many to be the best point-guard in the league. Don’t leave out the fact that James Harden, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Rajon Rondo, Russel Westbrook, and Blake Griffin are among the brightest young stars that the NBA features.
Carter-Williams is already establishing himself as one of the best rookies in the league. If he can continue to play at a high level on both ends of the court, he will end up not only being one of the best players in the 2013-14 rookie class, but one of the best in the entire league. And hey, maybe he’ll upend LeBron on this list one day.