Yuta Watanabe, Toronto Raptors lead NBA’s most popular jersey and team merchandise lists in Japan


Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe appears to have reclaimed his spot as the most popular player in Japan.

The 26-year-old secured the top spot on the NBA’s most popular jersey list in Japan while the Raptors led the league in most popular team merchandise, based on sales from the official online NBA Store in Japan.

Watanabe, who has worked his way from the end of the bench to a part of the Toronto rotation, recaptures the No. 1 spot after topping the same list in his rookie season in 2019 with the Memphis Grizzlies.

He is followed on this year’s list by Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Rui Hachimura, LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carmelo Anthony and LaMelo Ball.

The Raptors make their first appearance on the team merchandise sales list, coming in ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards.