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LaMelo Ball tops NBA jersey sales in Australia

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets. Justin Ford/Getty Images

Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball has secured the No. 1 spot on a star-studded list of the NBA's highest-selling jerseys in Australia, the league announced on Wednesday.

Ball, who played a season with the NBL's Illawarra Hawks before entering the NBA Draft and had emerged as a celebrity before playing his first professional game of basketball, beat out the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant to become the first rookie to ever be atop the list in Australia.

The 19-year-old's celebrity status was only buoyed by his impressive start to the season, with the point guard averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists a game, making a strong case to win the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

Curry earn the second spot on the list, followed by James and Durant, with Russell Westbrook rounding out the top-five. No Australians made the top-10, though Kiwi big-man Steven Adams did come in at No. 9.

Adams, who was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the off-season, took out the No. 1 spot in the list of most popular jerseys in his home country of New Zealand. Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, came in at No. 2, followed by Durant, Westbrook, and Curry.

The Los Angeles Lakers took out the top spot on the list of most popular team merchandise in Australia, while the Brooklyn Nets came in second place. The Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, and Charlotte Hornets rounded at the list. In New Zealand, Adams' Pelicans emerged at the top of the list of best-selling team merchandise.

The data for these lists is based on sales since the beginning of the 2020-21 season from the official online NBA Store in Australia, which is operated by Fanatics.

Top 10 Most Popular NBA Jerseys in Australia

1. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets 2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors 3. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 4. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets 5. Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards 6. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks 7. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks 8. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks 9. Steven Adams, New Orleans Pelicans 10. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics

Top 5 Most Popular Team Merchandise in Australia

1. Los Angeles Lakers 2. Brooklyn Nets 3. Golden State Warriors 4. Boston Celtics 5. Charlotte Hornets

Top 10 Most Popular NBA Jerseys in New Zealand

1. Steven Adams, New Orleans Pelicans 2. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets 3. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets 4. Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards 5. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors 6. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers 7. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks 8. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks 9. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns 10. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers

Top 5 Most Popular Team Merchandise in New Zealand

1. New Orleans Pelicans 2. Brooklyn Nets 3. Boston Celtics 4. Los Angeles Lakers 5. Charlotte Hornets