Carmelo Anthony Surpasses LeBron James in NBA Jersey Sales

By Paul Seaver
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

Carmelo Anthony was at it again on Tuesday night, scoring 36 points in the New York Knicks 120-99 rout of the Washington Wizards. Anthony has now scored at least 35 points in five straight games, a feat that had not been accomplished since Kobe Bryant did so back in 2007.

Prior to Tuesday night’s game however, Anthony made his move off the court on Miami Heat star LeBron James. No, we’re not talking about the NBA MVP race — although Anthony is certainly making a late push — we’re talking about NBA jersey sales.

It’s quite the accomplishment — well, it’s at least quite the bragging right.

Anthony became the first Knicks players to top the list since it was released back during the 2001-02 season. Anthony’s current reign of terror only continued on Tuesday as his recent scoring numbers have also helped him pass Kevin Durant for the NBA’s scoring lead. Anthony is currently averaging 28.6 points per game.

Durant finished third in NBA jersey sales behind Carmelo and Lebron, while Kobe and Derrick Rose brought up for the fourth and fifth ranks, respectively.

While Anthony may have passed James in terms of NBA jersey sales, it’s going to be very difficult for him to pass him for the MVP award. Anthony has had a terrific season and his recent production down the stretch has certainly turned some more heads, but LeBron has just been on another level.

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