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LeBron still No. 1 with NBA's most popular jersey

MIAMI, Florida -- LeBron James' jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.

The Miami Heat star topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the sixth time, the league announced on Thursday. With teammate Dwyane Wade β€” whose jersey number hasn't changed in 11 years β€” at No. 7, the Heat also had the top spot on the team merchandise sales list.

β€œIt means a lot to know that I have so many fans that want to wear my jersey because they respect the way I play the game and respect who I am as a man,” James said.

Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City was No. 2 on the list, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Golden State's Stephen Curry and New York's Carmelo Anthony.

Wade was next, followed by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Houston's James Harden, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, Boston's Rajon Rondo, San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Indiana's Paul George.

It was Duncan's first appearance on the season-ending list since 2007.

Following the two-time defending champion Heat on the team merchandise sales list were the Lakers, Bulls, Thunder and Knicks.

The NBA based the rankings on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the season. The league playoffs begin on Saturday.

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Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, reacts as he talks with official Michael Smith, in Miami, Florida on April 11. (AP)

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