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Steph Curry has NBA’s top selling jersey — is it Ayesha’s cooking?

We had some fun with the reasons that these players made the top 15

In an NBA offseason that has been dominated by teams making moves to prevent Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Part IV, a subtle reminder was dropped Thursday morning that the Warriors don’t even have to play to win the championship.

The league announced that from April to June, the 2017 NBA champion Warriors swept the most popular jersey and most popular team merchandise sales.

Four of the top 11 jerseys belonged to Golden State: Stephen Curry (first), Kevin Durant (third), Klay Thompson (10th) and Draymond Green (11th).

Obviously sales are based on popularity, fan base, etc. Our reasons that the sales shook out the way they did are a lot more fun:

Top 15 most popular jerseys:

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Wife Ayesha’s cooking took Stephen’s game to a whole new level.

2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Maybe it was because he decided to try the bald look or maybe it was the confidence with which James wore his baldness that got his stats up. It’s also possible that his Instagram shade about Draymond Green’s “Quickie” shirt got the people going.

3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Durant got his ring and an NBA Finals MVP. He dunked at will in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, dropped the dagger in Game 3 over James and did not score fewer than 31 points in any of the five games in the Finals.

4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Slayer of the rim. Master of the triple-double. Owner of the 2017 MVP Trophy.

5. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Professor Drew earned his master’s degree in physics — he can hit glass no matter where he is, who is guarding him or the difficulty of the shot. A second doctorate in sports science — he can break anyone’s ankles at will.

6. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Sales probably went up after that photoshopped image of his braids being cut off.

7. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
No joke: Everyone was rooting for Thomas after the death of his sister and he led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals in the midst of that tragedy.

8. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Has the best mean mug in the NBA.

9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
He dropped using SheaMoisture products after that dreadful commercial, so he’s been dealing with the hair struggle right alongside the rest of us. Major brownie points, especially for keeping the beard immaculate.

10. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Is dancing to electric music in a video near you.

11. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
His rank is probably just outside the top 10 because of that schoolboy outfit he wore to the NBA Awards.

12. John Wall, Washington Wizards
Airbender. Last of his kind. Ability to cut through traffic in the lane with behind-the-back action has never been done so smoothly.

13. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
Butler was just traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and for him to stay on this list, he’ll have to purify himself in Lake Minnetonka.

14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Everyone loves baby Damian.

15. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls
Hometown guy playing for his hometown team, and his style game has been on point since he looked like he was about to produce the hottest album of the year.

Most popular team merchandise:

1. Golden State Warriors
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Boston Celtics
5. San Antonio Spurs
6. Los Angeles Lakers
7. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Milwaukee Bucks
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. Houston Rockets

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.