Nearly 20 percent of the NBA is comprised of international players, including some of the game’s biggest stars.
But when it comes to international jersey sales, American players still dominate.
On the first list of the top 15 international jersey sales released Thursday by the NBA, the top 10 spots went to American players, with tried-and-true veteran Kobe Bryant holding the No. 1 slot.
The list was based on sales at adidas locations outside the United States during the 2011-12 season. Following Bryant were Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant.
Spain native Pau Gasol occupies the 11th spot, followed by by Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki, Amar’e Stoudemire, France’s Tony Parker and Spain’s Ricky Rubio, giving international players four of the top 15 sales slots – but none of the top 10.
The NBA also released the top five jersey sales regionally, which also was dominated by Americans.
In China, it was Bryant, Rose, James, Howard and Rondo.
In Europe, it was Bryant, Rose, James, Garnett and Howard.
In Latin America, it was Bryant, James, Rose, Garnett and Wade.