By claiming the No. 1 spot on the NBA’s highest selling jersey list, Carmelo Anthony, who is having an MVP-caliber season, became the first Knicks player to see the top spot since the list was announced beginning in 2001.
It’s quite the accomplishment for Anthony, because the Knicks weren’t expected to improve as much as they have, and the Brooklyn Nets’ arrival in New York was supposed to rain on the Knicks’ parade. Instead, the Knicks have won 13 straight and clinched the Atlantic regular season title with a 51-26 record. They are poised to take on the struggling Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Anthony, a six-time All-Star, is in another battle: He and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are currently fighting for this season’s scoring title. Going into Wednesday night, Anthony averaged 28.6, while Durant was averaging 28.3 points per game.