The jersey worn by LaMelo Ball in his NBA debut sold for $55,100 Thursday night while another worn by LeBron James in this year’s Christmas Day game netted $130,020.
The two jerseys were among those from five different teams that have been up for bids at NBA Auctions since last month.
Ball, the third overall pick in the 2020 draft, is a strong favorite to win the league’s Rookie of the Year award after taking a non-traditional journey to the pro ranks that had him playing for the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian-based National Basketball League early last season.
After coming off the bench to start the year, Ball has become one of the league’s top young players. Over his last eight games, he’s averaging 21.6 points per game.
Ball wore the Association Edition jersey during the Charlotte Hornets’ 121-114 Opening Night loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 23. It generated 98 bids.
Bidding for the jersey more than doubled in the final 24 hours. It attracted 86 bids.
James recorded a Double-Double that night, scoring 22 points with a game-high ten assists, seven rebounds and a steal. It was his 15th Christmas game, second most in NBA history.
Anthony Davis’ jersey from the same game sold for $25,020.