The Sixers are pretty popular
The Philadelphia 76ers are pretty popular.
Earlier this week, the NBA released its jersey and merchandise sales rankings from October to December of the current season – both team and individual – and the Sixers fared favorably.
In terms of individual jerseys sales, the 7-6 had two players in the top ten. Sixers center and All-Star hopeful Joel Embiid ranked sixth in the entire NBA in jersey sales - behind only Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kristaps Porzingis – while rookie Ben Simmons ranked eighth overall. The Sixers and Warriors are the only two teams to have multiple players represented in the top 15.
And in terms of team sales, the only squads that sold more merchandise than the Sixers so far this season are the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers – the two teams that have faced off in the NBA Finals in each of the past three years, and both happen to have an all-time great on their roster.
The young Sixers are a lot of fun - albeit sometimes frustrating - to watch and they are teeming with talent, headlined by Embiid and Simmons. Clearly fans of the game have taken notice.
You can see the full rankings from NBA.com here.
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