Sports NFTs: Warriors and Celtics driving NBA Top Shot moments; Josh Allen and Coco Gauff launch ...

ByHarry Lyles Jr. ESPN logo
Friday, June 10, 2022

In the latest NFT roundup, we've got the most popular Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors players on NBA Top Shot, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen partnering with Metabilia, U.S. tennis star Coco Gauff joining other big names, and the English Premier League filing trademarks to enter the metaverse.

Let's get into it.

The NBA Finals' most popular players on Top Shot

The top 10 trending players from the Warriors or the Celtics on the NBA's official NFT Marketplace -- NBA Top Shot -- in the two weeks that ended June 7 make an interesting list.

The names you might be surprised to see are Warriors guard Damion Lee at No. 3 and Celtics guard Grant Williams at No. 8. The two are active Top Shot collectors: They buy Moments, do giveaways, and are active on Twitter and on Top Shot's Discord channel.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 Warriors or Celtics players on NBA Top Shot in terms of Moments sales:

  1. Steph Curry, Warriors: (7,306 transactions)
  2. Jayson Tatum, Celtics: (5,660 transactions)
  3. Damion Lee, Warriors: (5,263 transactions)
  4. Marcus Smart, Celtics: (3,502 transactions)
  5. Jaylen Brown, Celtics: (3,285 transactions)
  6. Andrew Wiggins, Warriors: (3,259 transactions)
  7. Draymond Green, Warriors: (3,136 transactions)
  8. Grant Williams, Celtics: (2,901 transactions)
  9. Payton Pritchard, Celtics: (2,741 transactions)
  10. Al Horford, Celtics: (2,491 transactions)

Coco Gauff

On June 7, Autograph announced the launch of a new series of Coco Gauff NFTs.

The 18-year-old American rising tennis star became the youngest Grand Slam finalist in women's tennis since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004 before ultimately losing the 2022 French Open to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek in straight sets. Gauff has risen to a career-best ranking of No. 13 in the world.

Now, Gauff joins other recent releases by Autograph highlighting young stars such asNew York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, PGA Tour golfer Collin Morikawa,Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbertand Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.

Josh Allen partners with Metabilia

Metabilia, a memorabilia and NFT company, announced a June 9 drop for Bills QB Josh Allen NFTs. According to a release, Membership NFTs of Allen will allow fans to chronicle his career and have access to exclusive memorabilia items.

"... The best is yet to come in my career and sharing it with my fans is important to me," Allen said in the release.

As long as they own the Member NFT, fans will get airdropped Event NFTs commemorating achievements in Allen's career. Owners will also have access to purchase exclusive memorabilia.

Metabilia will also be issuing limited edition NFTs to benefit charitable causes designated by Allen.

The English Premier League files trademarks

It appears as though the English Premier League has entered the NFT chat, as the league has two filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office according to licensed trademark attorney Michael Kondoudis.

The EPL's filings are for NFTs, cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and collectibles, digital asset trading, financial and crypto services, as well as virtual clothing, footwear and sports gear, per Kondoudis.

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