Australia is officially all in on the Ben Simmons hype train – that is, if you take into account the NBA’s latest jersey sale figures in Australia.
The reining NBA Rookie of the Year comes in at No. 3 on the list, only trailing future Hall of Fame inductees, the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (No. 1), and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade (No. 2).
For Simmons, the news comes on the back of his career-high 22 rebound effort against the New York Knicks. In addition to that stunning total, he chipped in with 20 points, while dishing out nine dimes in perhaps the most dominant performance of his young career.
Simmons remains heavily in the mix to receive his first All-Star jersey later this month, with the All-Star game to be held in Charlotte on February 17. The 76ers star is currently fourth among East guards, with 695,032 votes, while boasting averages of 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game on the season.
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Simmons wasn’t the only Australian to crack the top-ten in jersey sales, with Utah Jazz forward, Joe Ingles, coming in at No. 10.
The full list is as follows:
- LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
- Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
- Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
- Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
- Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers
- Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
- Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz
With Simmons’ Philadelphia teammate, Jimmy Butler, also making the list it should be no surprise to see the 76ers sit second on overall team sales, only trailing the Lakers in that category.
Top 5 Most Popular Teams
1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. Boston Celtics
4. Golden State Warriors
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
*Rankings are based on e-commerce sales from NBAStore.com.au, from the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season through December 2018.