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Title cranks up heat on Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs sales

Seen more people donning Dirk Nowitzki jerseys these days? Sure you have.

For the first time since 2008, Nowitzki's jersey is among the NBA's top 10 selling jerseys and the Dallas Mavericks are among the top 10 teams in merchandise sales. That's what winning the NBA Finals MVP and a championship for do for your sales.

The NBA released results Thursday morning based on sales at the temporary NBA Store on Fifth Avenue and on NBAStore.com from April 2011 to present.

Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls secured the top spots as the NBA’s most popular jersey and team merchandise. Linsanity drove the New York Knicks to No. 2 with the Jeremy Lin coming in at a strong No. 2 behind Rose.

Some other interesting merchandise tidbits:

* The Los Angeles Clippers make their presence known with two players on the list -- Blake Griffin (No. 9) and Chris Paul (No. 15). The last time the Clippers featured two players was in April 2002 with Darius Miles (No. 7) and Lamar Odom (No. 8).

* The Boston Celtics were the only other team besides the Knicks with three players on the list with Rajon Rondo (No. 10), Ray Allen (No. 12) and Paul Pierce (No. 13).

Most popular NBA jerseys:

1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

2. Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks*

3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

4. LeBron James, Miami Heat

5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

6. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks*

8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

9. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

10. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

11. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks

12. Ray Allen, Boston Celtics

13. Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics

14. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

15. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers*

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise

1. Chicago Bulls

2. New York Knicks

3. Los Angeles Lakers

4. Miami Heat

5. Dallas Mavericks*

6. Boston Celtics

7. Oklahoma City Thunder

8. Los Angeles Clippers*

9. Denver Nuggets

10. Orlando Magic

* Not on last year's list

Historical top NBA jerseys from end of season:

2012 – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

2011 – LeBron James, Miami Heat

2010 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2009 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2008 – Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

2007 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2006 – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2005 – Shaquille O’Neal, Miami Heat

2004 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2003 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2002 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2001 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers