McGrady, not Yao, has top-selling jersey in China

Updated: January 31, 2006, 11:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A Houston Rockets player has the top-selling jersey sold in China.

Not that player, the other one.

Tracy McGrady fans
China Photos/Getty ImagesTracy McGrady's fans expressed their love at the Beijing airport in August.

Tracy McGrady tops the list of best-selling NBA player jerseys in China, based on sales from retail locations across the country as of November 2005, the league announced Monday. Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson is second and Houston center Yao Ming is third.

Yao, a native of Shanghai, was the first pick in the 2002 draft and one of the first Chinese players in the NBA. He also has played for the Chinese national team.

McGrady gave a knowing smile when asked about the top sellers.

"I'll give you the top 3," he said Monday. "Probably myself, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming."

When told he was first, he said: "I knew that already. I've got a lot of love over there in China."

McGrady spent some time in China last August on a publicity tour for adidas. His ranking above Yao surprised some of their teammates.

"That's pretty impressive," Rockets forward Stromile Swift said.

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