- Russell jerseys outsell top overall draft pick Towns
- Lakers took Russell with second overall pick in NBA draft
D’Angelo Russell is the top pick among buyers of National Basketball Association rookie jerseys, despite being drafted second behind Karl-Anthony Towns.
Russell, the Ohio State guard selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the June 25 draft, has had the best-selling rookie jersey on NBAStore.com and Fanatics.com. That’s according to Fanatics, the biggest online retailer of officially licensed team merchandise.
Towns, the Kentucky center taken first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, ranks second in rookie jersey sales. Jahlil Okafor, the Duke center who was drafted at No. 3 by the Philadelphia 76ers, ranks third.
Frank Kaminsky, drafted at No. 9 by the Charlotte Hornets, has had the fourth-best selling jersey. The forward is well known to basketball fans, having played four years at the University of Wisconsin. He led the Badgers to two straight Final Four appearances and a national title game appearance in April.
The NBA’s online store highlights its 2015 draft collection with a photo of jerseys belonging to the top four draft picks. No. 4 Kristaps Porzingis isn’t among the top four jerseys despite going to the New York Knicks in the biggest media market. The Latvian forward is relatively unknown to most U.S. basketball fans and his selection was booed by fans in New York on draft night.
Fanatics didn’t release sales results below the top four.