Posted May 02, 2019 08:31:08The number of NBA players who wear NBA jerseys has dropped to their lowest level since 1999.
According to a new report from Forbes, NBA players wore 3.8 million jerseys last season, down from 4.1 million in 2016.
That’s down from 5.2 million in 2017, 6.3 million in 2018, 7.1 in 2019 and 8.7 in 2020.
This is the lowest number since the first year of the NBA’s free-agent era in 2009.
While the decline may be somewhat unexpected given the popularity of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, it’s not surprising.
The NBA had a great season in 2018 with players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Klay Thompson all wearing the uniform.
But with the league’s revenue sharing system that’s only going to increase in the years ahead, players will have to take a pay cut to stay competitive.NBA commissioner Adam Silver called the drop “disappointing,” and he said he hopes players don’t take it personally.
“The players wear the uniform, and they’re going to continue to do so,” Silver said.
“I don’t see any other way to address this than to work together to continue building the league in a way that gives everybody a shot.”
As the market continues to cool, the NBA will have a much harder time keeping players interested in buying uniforms.