The 2019-20 season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan for Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry. A two-time MVP, Curry didn’t have his greatest performances in the first week of the season, and in just the fourth game of the year he suffered a brutal fracture in his left hand.
Two surgeries and nearly three months later, and Curry is still 15 days away from being re-evaluated, and likely at least a month away from returning to the court.
But if you thought that would hurt his popularity, think again. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Curry had the third-most popular jersey sale in the NBA from October through December, which led the Warriors to being the sixth-most popular jersey sale team in the league.
Results are based on https://t.co/baUwVFYpV7 sales between October and December and I’ve included the top 10 teams ... which do not include the Clippers despite this season’s SICK Buffalo Braves retros ... pic.twitter.com/GoyfB2rADz— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 17, 2020
Injuries, apparently, mean little in the popularity department. Curry was joined in the top 15 by his former teammate Kevin Durant, and by rookie Zion Williamson, neither of which have played a single game this year.
Durant and Williamson’s jersey sales can at least be partially attributed to being in the first year with their team. Even if the players are injured, it’s the first chance for their team’s fanbase to pick up their jersey.
Not quite the case for Curry, as fans have had a decade to pick up a Warriors jersey with number 30 on it. And they’re still going strong.
Here’s the top 15 in jersey sales this year, with data from www.NBAStore.com.
1. LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
3. Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
4. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
5. James Harden (Houston Rockets)
6. Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks)
7. Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)
8. Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
9. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
10. Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
11. Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
12. Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
13. Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
14. Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics)
15. Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)