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LeBron James’ No. 23 Makes History In Cleveland

According to sales from Adidas and NBAStore.com from October 2014 through December 2014, LeBron James’ No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey is the most popular in the NBA.

James is yet to deliver a championship to the City of Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 for the fist time in franchise history on the team merchandise list. It’s only the second time since his rookie season that LeBron James has had the most popular NBA jersey.

Western Conference All-Star vote leader and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made the leap from No. 5 to No. 2. The top 5 is rounded out by Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Chicago’s Derrick Rose.

For the first time in their careers Portland Trail Blazers’ explosive guard DamianLillard (No. 11) and New Orleans Pelicans’ phenom Anthony Davis made the list.

1. LeBron James, Cavaliers
2. Stephen Curry, Warriors
3. Kevin Durant, Thunder
4. Kobe Bryant, Lakers
5. Derrick Rose, Bulls
6. Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers
7. Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
8. Tim Duncan, Spurs
9. Dwyane Wade, Heat
10. Blake Griffin, Clippers
11. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
12. Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
13. Chris Paul, Clippers
14. James Harden, Rockets
15. Anthony Davis, Pelicans

 

Zach LaVine hopes to continue UCLA Bruin success in the NBA

The Seattle SuperSonics took a gamble by using their 4th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft on an athletic point guard out of UCLA named Russell Westbrook. The risk of pairing he and Kevin Durant was well worth the risk.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are hoping for similar results after joining Zach LaVine with the 2014 number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins.

LaVine shocked basketball analysts when he declared early for the draft after a mediocre freshman year at UCLA, which included being benched during the final part of the season.

But LaVine’s draft stock quickly rose after displaying uncanny athleticism at the combine.
The Los Angeles Lakers were amongst teams considering selecting him with their top-ten selection after a remarkable workout.

LaVine is averaging six points a game while getting acclimated to the NBA.

“It’s a learning process, no question. It’s a learning process with Zach,” coach Flip Saunders said. “He made some mistakes. He made some plays. We just have to keep on working with him.”

But recent history is in the T’Wolves favor. UCLA Bruins like Kevin Love, Trevor Ariza, Jrue Holiday, Arron Afflalo, Darren Collison, and Jordan Farmar have all had major impacts in the NBA.

But LaVine must learn to be effective without simply relying on his athleticism.
Playing alongside Wiggins, as Westbrook with Durant, should relieve him of any immediate pressure to produce, and give him time to develop into another heralded UCLA Bruin NBA player.