Celtics set record with jersey sales


Celtics set record with jersey sales

By A.Sherrod Blakely

WALTHAM The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's most popular teams.

Need proof?

Look no further than the NBA's top-selling jerseys list, which was released on Thursday.

The Celtics became the first team ever to have five players ranked among the top-15 jerseys sold.

And the Celtics as a franchise finished second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Among Boston players, Rajon Rondo topped the list and ranked No. 3 overall. In addition to Rondo, he was joined on the list by Shaquille O'Neal (12th), Ray Allen (13th), Paul Pierce (14th) and Kevin Garnett (15th). Miami's LeBron James was No. 1 on the list.

The NBA's top-selling list of jerseys is based on sales on NBAStore.com from the start of the 2010-2011 NBA season.

Here's a list of the top-selling player jerseys as well as the top-selling team jerseys.

1. LeBron James, Miami Heat 1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2. Boston Celtics
3. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics 3. Miami Heat
4. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks 4. New York Knicks
5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls 5. Chicago Bulls
6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder 7. Orlando Magic
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks 8. San Antonio Spurs
9. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic 9. Denver Nuggets
10. John Wall, Washington Wizards 10. Phoenix Suns
11. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
12. Shaquille ONeal, Boston Celtics
13. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics14. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics15. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.