What do LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ben Simmons, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving and Jazzman Joe Ingles all have in common?
Each has one of the 10 most popular NBA jerseys … in Australia.
The NBA released the list of most popular jerseys in Australia Tuesday, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Olgun Uluc.
The list is based upon “e-commerce sales from the NBA Store in Australia — operated by Fanatics — from the beginning of the 2018-19 season to December 2018.”
No. 1 was no surprise, James took the top spot. In the second spot was Wade, a future Hall of Famer who is retiring after this season.
Simmons, Rose, Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler and Stephen Curry all found themselves on the list as well, as did Ingles, who came in at No. 10.
The league also released a list of the most popular NBA franchises in Australia, with the Los Angeles Lakers topping the list, followed by Philadelphia, Boston — thanks to Simmons and Irving — Golden State and Oklahoma City.
Of Ingles, Uluc noted, “rounding out the list, in the 10th spot, is South Australia’s Joe Ingles, who was coming off a career year with the Utah Jazz.”
It is that time of the year already, when experts, talking heads and sportswriters begin to make predictions as far as NCAA Tournament bids and selections go.
It was ESPN’s Charlie Creme who took a stab at it most recently, only he predicted the women’s NCAA Tournament.
As of Jan. 14, Creme had the four top seeds awarded to UConn, Notre Dame, Louisville and Baylor.
NC State, Mississippi State, Stanford and Oregon, meanwhile, weren’t too far behind those four as far as Creme was concerned, and were locked in as No. 2 seeds.
Multiple schools in Utah warranted notice from Creme as well.
Utah led the way as a No. 9 seed, projected to face off against Texas A&M in Louisville, Kentucky, in the opening round.
BYU was projected as a No. 10 seed, to face off against Miami (Florida) in Corvallis, Oregon, while Utah Valley made the projected field as well, slated to battle Oregon in the first round.
‘One of the hardest leagues’
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert recently sat down with Yahoo Sports Insider Chris B Haynes on Haynes’ Posted Up Podcast to discuss all things basketball.
Among the topics the pair discussed were Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz’s season so far, as well as the reputation surrounding Euro League basketball, notably the stereotype that Euro League players are “soft.”
According to Gobert, that stereotype couldn’t be more wrong.
“I don’t know where that comes from man,” Gobert told Haynes. “I mean, uh, everyone that’s played in Euro League knows it is the hardest, one of the hardest and most physical leagues in the world in basketball. I’ve talked with guys that play in college and Euro League and there’s no comparison.”
Former Kentucky star and 12-year NBA veteran Rex Chapman compared BYU alum Shawn Bradley to Duke phenom Zion Williamson.
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The Daily Evergreen released its latest Pac-12 basketball power rankings, with Utah slotting in at No. 10.
And finally …
Jazz forward Jae Crowder went live on Instagram during his workout Tuesday only to have a surprise visitor in teammate Ricky Rubio.
Rubio, meanwhile, had more than a little bit of fun with his time in the spotlight.
And finally part two …
ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski teased a sit down with Ingles on his podcast, the Woj Pod, on his Instagram account, with the podcast expected to be released Wednesday.