Best selling jerseys in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony moves ahead of LeBron James

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) wait for a rebound during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7-8-9. No wonder Melo’s jerseys are selling better than those of LeBron James right now. (Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports)

Carmelo Anthony has been getting buckets recently, lots of buckets, and his scoring efforts have paid off in fan support. For the first time in his career, Anthony’s jersey is the NBA’s leading seller since the opening of the 2012-13 season. That means his No. 7 jersey has sold more this year than the mighty LeBron James’ has, as well as Kobe’s.

This according to NBA.com:

NEW YORK, April 9, 2013 – Carmelo Anthony of theNew York Knicks claimed the No. 1 spot on the NBA’s top-selling jerseys list, and the Knicks remain the top-selling team since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Anthony is the first Knicks player to lead the jersey rankings since the list was first released in the 2001-02 season. The rankings are based on combined sales at the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and NBAStore.com from November 2012 to present.

Anthony, a six-time NBA All-Star, rose from No. 4 to take the No. 1 spot from reigning NBA and Finals MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat, who slipped to No. 2. While this marks Anthony’s debut in the No.1 spot, James’ jersey has topped the list four times, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (No.4) has held the position seven times.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant slipped one spot to No. 3 and rounding out the top five is the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose(No. 5).

The Knicks have maintained their position as the best-selling team since they first topped the Bulls at the start of the 2012-13 season. The reigning champion Heat are at No. 2, followed by the Lakers at No. 3, the Brooklyn Nets at No. 4, and the Bulls at No. 5.

Finally, CBS Sports ranks the top 15 jerseys by number sold:

1. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

2. LeBron James, Miami Heat

3. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

5. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

6. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets

7. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

8. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

9. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

10. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

11. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

12. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

13. Dwight Howard, Los Angels Lakers

14. Amar’e Stoudemire, New York Knicks

15. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

Stoudemire has hardly played at all this season, while Rose has not seen the floor. The branding of these two guys is obviously impressive, but it is safe to say Chicago fans are going to be happier when they see the real thing sporting the Bulls’ red.

Kyrie Irving, while no LeBron, is giving Cavs fans hope, and the city is reciprocating by supporting their star player and buying his jersey.

Melo might be selling jerseys, but Forbes ranks him as the NBA’s most overpaid player