The NBA is making a splash this season with fresh jerseys. The league has released over 30 new uniforms for the upcoming 2019-2020 campaign, continuing to try and push their brand in an innovative way. But which jersey reigns supreme? To answer that question, we’ve ranked all of the top 25 most iconic jerseys from throughout its storied history.
The “best nba jerseys 2020” is a ranking of the top jerseys in NBA history. The list has been compiled by ESPN and features the best jersey designs in NBA history.
Note from the editor: This article was first published on May 5, 2020.
“When it comes down to it, you’re truly cheering for the clothing.”
This iconic statement from “Seinfeld” may have been meant to criticize sports fanaticism, but it’s really apt when it comes to uniform admiration. In this instance, we’re pulling for the clothing, which, according to ESPN’s NBA analysts, are the greatest in NBA history.
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15: Lakers at Mavericks At 10 p.m., the Clippers will face the Jazz.
Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17 T-Wolves against. Lakers, 10 p.m.
All timings are in Eastern Standard Time.
We regarded a team’s jersey set (home, road, alternative) to be a single entity for the purposes of this exercise unless the styles changed in ways more substantial than a color switch, which has become increasingly common in this age of jersey “editions,” some of which are worn just a few times each year.
When it comes to jerseys, everyone has their own preferences, and our panel was no exception. However, there was near-unanimity on the three jerseys at the top of the list.
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Memphis Grizzlies (74). (Grind City Blue)
2004-2019 (seasons worn)
Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph are among the players featured in this outfit.
The Grizzlies ditched their early Memphis black uniforms in favor of a set of blue tones that became associated with Grit ‘N’ Grind. — Reisinger, Adam
73. Royals of Cincinnati (White with stripes)
1967-1970 (seasons worn)
Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, and Tom Van Arsdale are among the notable figures in this ensemble.
Vertical writing on NBA jerseys isn’t usually a smart idea, but the Royals pulled it off with a classic red, white, and blue color scheme. ‘Reisinger’
The Philadelphia 76ers (Red ‘SIXERS’) are ranked 72nd in the NBA.
1994-1997 (seasons worn)
Allen Iverson, Jerry Stackhouse, Clarence Weatherspoon, and Derrick Coleman are among the notable players in this style.
In 1994-95, Dana Barros wore this No. 3 jersey. Two years later, as a rookie, Allen Iverson wore the identical jersey. It was made more unforgettable by one of them. McMenamin, Dave
Orlando Magic (#71) (Sublimated stars)
2001-03 (seasons worn)
Tracy McGrady, Mike Miller, Darrell Armstrong, and Patrick Ewing are among the notable players in this outfit.
When Tracy McGrady was banging baskets all over the league in these, stars on jerseys were never cooler. Nick Friedell’s remark
Seattle SuperSonics (70) (Space Needle)
1995-1999 (seasons worn)
Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Detlef Schrempf, and Hersey Hawkins are among the notable players in this style.
Although it isn’t the traditional Seattle aesthetic, most people associate the Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton era Sonics with this Space Needle-inspired design. Lopez, Andrew
The Brooklyn Nets are ranked 69th in the NBA (Black and white)
From 2012 until the present, the following seasons have been worn:
Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, and Kyrie Irving are among the notable players in this ensemble.
It took a lot of courage to ditch the colors in favor of a pure black and white design. The ultimate Brooklyn launch was when then-part-owner Jay-Z debuted the jerseys personally at the first-ever Barclays performance. Nick DePaula’s remark
Washington Wizards (68) (Stars and Stripes)
The following seasons were worn: 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, and Markieff Morris are among the players featured in this outfit.
The Washington Wizards released a “Stars and Stripes” alternative for the 2016-17 season in appreciation of military troops and women. During the Wiz’s 2017 playoff run, they wore the uniform for every home game. Aaron Dodson is a writer.
Nuggets, Nuggets, Nuggets, Nuggets, Nugget (Blue Dazzle)
2003-2008 (seasons worn)
Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, and Marcus Camby are among the notable players in this ensemble.
This is one of those jerseys that shouts the decade of the 2000s. The dazzle cloth variant stands out in comparison to the previous set. Lopez’s words
Buffalo Braves (66) (Baby blue)
1973-1977 (seasons worn)
Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, Adrian Dantley, and Gar Heard are among the notable players in this style.
Even in a city noted for its continuously wintry and drab disposition, its blue struck out as simple and smooth. Friedell’s words
Phoenix Suns (65). (Western blue)
1973-1992, 1973-1992, 1973-1992, 1973-1992, 1973-1992, 1973
Alvan Adams, Walter Davis, Kevin Johnson, and Tom Chambers are among the notable musicians in this ensemble.
The Suns added a “Western” typeface to their first jerseys, and the appearance was so fantastic that it lasted almost two decades. ‘Reisinger’
Milwaukee Bucks (64). (Classic green)
Seasons of wear: 1968-1973
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Dandridge, and Oscar Robertson are among the notable players in this style.
There’s not much going on here, but sometimes less is more, particularly when your franchise’s sole championship was won in this style. ‘Reisinger’
63. Kansas City Kings (writing in blue and white)
1972-1975 (seasons worn)
Nate Archibald, Sam Lacey, Jimmy Walker, and Nate Williams are some of the notable players in this outfit.
Even after the team relocated to Sacramento, the swooping underline and delicate crown accent above the script “Kings” typeface can be observed throughout the organization’s branding. DePaula –
Philadelphia Warriors (62nd) (Original blue)
1946-1962 (seasons worn)
Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin, Neil Johnston, and Tom Gola are among the notable players in this outfit.
The Warriors had five appearances on our list, including this one for the jerseys that Wilt Chamberlain wore when he first became a Hall of Famer. ‘Reisinger’
The Dallas Mavericks are ranked 61st in the NBA (Modern navy)
2001-2009 (seasons worn)
Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, and Michael Finley are among the notable players in this ensemble.
When Mark Cuban bought the Mavs, his first priority was to modernize the team. Since then, the team’s new sleek and colorblocked navy style has carried them. DePaula –
Philadelphia 76ers (60) (Two-tone PHILA)
Wearing seasons: 1965-66
Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, and Chet Walker are among the notable players in this style.
Two-tone isn’t usually a good idea. This is one of those occasions when the traditional “PHILA” over the breast is appropriate. Lopez’s words
59. Pistons of Detroit (Lightning bolt)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1978-1981
Bob Lanier, John Long, Terry Tyler, and Kent Benson are among the notable musicians in this ensemble.
The lightning bolt that runs down the side of the jersey and into the shorts is a fantastic design detail that elevates this appearance to new heights. ‘Reisinger’
58. Los Angeles Clippers (Royal blue)
1984-1987 (seasons worn)
Bill Walton, Michael Cage, Marques Johnson, and Derek Smith are among the notable figures in this ensemble.
The Clippers altered their colors from light blue/orange to royal blue/red when they relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984. The Clippers’ new clothes include a new “CLIPPERS” typeface with a Pacman-like “C.” — Dodson
The 76ers of Philadelphia are ranked 57th in the NBA (Classic red)
1978-1991 (seasons worn)
Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Mo Cheeks are among the notable players in this ensemble.
This is the 76ers’ longest-wearing jersey, and for good reason. The design was simple, subtle, and traditional, with bright, stunning colors that helped raise a flag. ‘Reisinger’
Atlanta Hawks (56). (Neon stripe)
1970-72, 1970-72, 1970-72, 1970-72, 1970-72, 1970
Pete Maravich, Walt Bellamy, Lou Hudson, and Walt Hazzard are among the notable players in this outfit.
In these jerseys, Pistol Pete flips crosscourt and behind-the-back passes, giving them a timeless appearance. Friedell’s words
Milwaukee Bucks (#55) (Statement edition)
2017-19 are the seasons that have been worn.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, and Brook Lopez are among the notable players in this ensemble.
It’s a recipe for disaster when a big logo replaces a club name or city wordmark, yet the Bucks got it off. The numbers in between the antlers get bonus points. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
The Dallas Mavericks are ranked 54th in the NBA (Classic green)
1981-1992, 1981-1992, 1981-1992, 1981-1992, 1981-1992, 1981
Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, Mark Aguirre, and Brad Davis are among the notable players in this outfit.
Why this look instead of Dirk’s rookie-year blue? Curly L’s, in a nutshell. This stands out because of the distinctive typeface on the green backdrop. ‘Reisinger’
Utah Jazz (#53) (Red Rocks)
Seasons worn: 2017 till now
Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles, and Derrick Favors are among the players featured in this outfit.
All for any Utah jersey with mountains or rock formations, rather than, say, Jazz, which belongs in a another place. Lopez’s words
Golden State Warriors (52nd) (Blue and gold)
1989-1997, 1989-1997, 1989-1997, 1989-1997, 1989-1997, 1989
Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Latrell Sprewell are among the notable players in this style.
The Run TMC era will always be synonymous with these shirts. With Don Nelson calling the shots, they were elegant, exciting, and the team scored a lot of points. Friedell’s words
Nuggets, Nuggets, Nuggets, Nuggets, Nu (Navy cursive)
Seasons in which it was worn: 2008-2012
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Ty Lawson, and Nene are among of the notable players in this style.
The cursive in yellow. The cloth that dazzles. The dark blue base pairs well with the baby blue side panels. These were the real deal. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
Buffalo Braves (#50) (Diagonal striped)
1971-1973 (seasons donned)
Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, Elmore Smith, and Bob Kauffman are among the notable players in this style.
The Los Angeles Clippers release them as throwbacks every few years. They should do it on a more regular basis. With diagonal stripes and offset lettering and numbers, no other brand looks quite like it. ‘Reisinger’
The Brooklyn Nets (Brooklyn’s Finest) are ranked 49th in the NBA.
The following seasons have been worn: 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.
D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris are among the notable players in this ensemble.
These threads were a B.I.G. hit once they were added to the game… get it? Sorry. With their “Brooklyn Camo” trim, these Notorious B.I.G.-inspired jerseys pay respect to the famed Brooklyn rapper’s flair. Lopez’s words
The 76ers of Philadelphia are ranked 48th in the NBA (Bicentennial stars)
1976-77 (seasons worn)
Julius Erving, World B. Free, Doug Collins, and George McGinnis are among the notable players in this outfit.
The 76ers, who wore them during the nation’s bicentennial, are the only team that could get away with wearing a jersey for only one year. They were Dr. J’s first 76ers jersey, and they quickly became a fan favorite. ‘Reisinger’
The 76ers of Philadelphia are ranked 47th in the NBA (PHILA)
1966-67 (seasons worn)
Wilt Chamberlain, Chet Walker, Hal Greer, and Billy Cunningham are among the notable players in this outfit.
Wilt Chamberlain’s prominence in the 1960s is historically tied with the shorter city wordmark design. Then, after gracing the cover of SLAM in classic “PHILA” and fro’d attire, Allen Iverson single-handedly created the throwback jersey period of the 2000s. DePaula –
New York Knicks (#46) (Black accents)
1997-2012 (seasons worn)
Allan Houston, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell, and Larry Johnson are among the notable players in this ensemble.
Many teams have attempted and failed to include black into their regular color scheme. This was a resounding success. The strong orange piping stands out against the black side panels, and the white underlining “New York” works as well. Players’ uniform numbers were printed on their shorts as an added bonus. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
The Detroit Pistons are ranked 45th in the NBA (Teal horse)
1996-2001 (seasons worn)
Grant Hill, Jerry Stackhouse, Lindsey Hunter, and Jerome Williams are among the notable players in this ensemble.
The decision to abandon Detroit’s iconic “Bad Boys” era’s plain blue and red uniforms wasn’t well appreciated at the time, but the brilliant teal tone and actual Piston logo shirts became a cult classic years later. DePaula –
Cleveland Cavaliers (44). (Navy alternate)
2005-2010 (seasons worn)
LeBron James, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejo, and Mo Williams are among of the notable players in this style.
The white “Cleveland” wordmark stood out against the dark blue background and rich burgundy side panels. But it was the apparently little details that made it distinctive, from the gold outline surrounding the writing to the alternating blue, wine, and gold piping accenting the collar and shoulder seams. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
Atlanta Hawks (43). (Blue and red)
1966-1970 (seasons worn)
Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, Zelmo Beaty, and Bill Bridges are among the notable musicians in this ensemble.
Back in the day, these baby blues looked amazing on Hawks players, and the club brought it back as a throwback style. This jersey was acquired from the St. Louis Hawks and should have been kept for a longer period of time. Lopez’s words
The Minnesota Timberwolves (‘Purple Rain’) are number 42.
The following seasons have been worn: 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.
Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns, Towns,
Never before has a club done such a good job honoring a player with an alternative jersey. In honor of Prince, the purple combination was a popular in the Twin Cities. Friedell’s words
The Philadelphia 76ers (Modern blue/white) are ranked 41st.
From 2015 until the present, the following seasons have been worn:
Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick are among the notable players in this ensemble.
The small changes made to this set during the previous six seasons amounted to a considerable improvement, with the “PHILA” wordmark, side stars, and blue as the dominant road color all being reinstated. ‘Reisinger’
Toronto Raptors (#40) (Black and purple)
1999-2003 (seasons worn)
Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, Alvin Williams, and Morris Peterson are among the notable players in this style.
The Raptors decided with a more conservative appearance to distinguish themselves from the comical but legendary “Barney” dinosaur jerseys. The two-toned purple front and black back, the tall and slender text, and the tidy silver notches on the sides all contributed to its uniqueness. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
The Portland Trail Blazers (sometimes known as the ‘Lowercase Blazers’) are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon.
Seasons in which it was worn: 1985-1991
Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Jerome Kersey, and Kevin Duckworth are among the notable players in this style.
Lowercase letters and Portland simply seem to go together. Whether the writing was vertical or horizontal, Portland’s lowercase “blazers” on the jersey were odd. And the crimson against the black is stunning. Lopez’s words
The Portland Trail Blazers (Uppercase ‘BLAZERS’) are ranked 38th in the NBA.
1991-2002, 1991-2002, 1991-2002, 1991-2002, 1991-2002, 1991
Rasheed Wallace, Arvydas Sabonis, Clifford Robinson, and Clyde Drexler are among the notable players in this outfit.
Rasheed Wallace & Co., who were associated with the “Jail Blazers” period, wore the Blazers’ greatest version of their iconic dual stripe-accented uniform, with basic red collar-accenting bands and the absence of the thinner silver stripe that was introduced in 2002. DePaula –
Utah Jazz (#37) (Purple mountains)
1995-2004 (seasons worn)
Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, and Bryon Russell are among the notable players in this style.
In contrast to Stockton and Malone’s old-school playing, the loud, big mountain graphics took some getting used to, but they were worn throughout the franchise’s two Finals appearances and are now one of the most cherished iconic looks leaguewide. DePaula –
Sacramento Kings (36). (Purple alternate)
1999-2004 (seasons worn)
Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac, and Mike Bibby are among the notable players in this outfit.
The Kings wore bold purple alternates with dazzling silver neckline embellishments to match their newfound national spotlight on weekly highlight broadcasts, with a fresh lineup coming out of the league’s lockout. DePaula –
Golden State Warriors (35). (The Town)
2017-18 (seasons worn)
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant are among the players featured in this outfit.
In the latter days of Oracle, Oakland jerseys were a dynamic mix for a squad that always found a way to rise to the occasion when it was required in the middle of capturing a second consecutive championship. Friedell’s words
The Miami Heat (‘Back to Black’) are ranked 34th.
Seasons in which it was worn: 2012-14
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen are among the notable players in this ensemble.
When the Los Angeles Lakers visited South Beach in 2012, the Big Three Miami Heat revealed their “Back to Black” appearance. It’s essentially a tuxedo-style basketball suit, with black writing and numbers and white trim. Dodson’s words
Orlando Magic (#33) (Road black)
1989-1994, 1989-1994, 1989-1994, 1989-1994, 1989-1994, 1989
Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, Nick Anderson, and Dennis Scott are among the notable players in this ensemble.
The Orlando Magic have never looked better in pinstripes than they do now. For five seasons, the team wore black pinstripes on the road until making the jersey an alternative in 1994. Dodson’s words
Portland Trail Blazers (32nd) (Championship red)
1974-1977 (seasons worn)
Bill Walton, Sidney Wicks, Larry Steele, and Maurice Lucas are among the notable players in this style.
Redheads wearing red is normally a fashion no-no, but don’t tell that to Bill Walton, who looked iconic in these vintage jerseys while guiding Portland to its lone NBA championship in 1977. ‘Reisinger’
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ranked 31st in the NBA (Blue CAVS)
1987-89 (seasons worn)
Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, and Ron Harper are among the notable players in this outfit.
The Cleveland Cavaliers used a royal blue road uniform with “CAVS” across the chest for two seasons in the late 1980s. If you look attentively, the “V” is a basketball falling into a hoop. Dodson’s words
30. Los Angeles Lakers (Sunday whites)
2001-2017 (seasons worn)
Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom are among the players featured in this style.
The Lakers were the only team in the NBA that didn’t wear white at home for decades. Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, not long after the “Sunday Whites” period began in the 2000s, became a memorable event for the jerseys. DePaula –
San Antonio Spurs (29th) (Black)
From 1989 to the present, the following seasons have been worn:
Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are among the players featured in this outfit.
While the team’s “Fiesta” emblem included bright colours of teal, pink, and orange, the team’s primary on-court jerseys have always been a plain black and silver design, embodying the franchise’s no-frills attitude. DePaula –
Miami Heat (#28) (Vintage red)
1995-1999 (seasons worn)
Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, P.J. Brown, and Jamal Mashburn are among the notable players in this ensemble.
These jerseys had an edge thanks to Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway. Every night, with Pat Riley leading the way, that squad worked hard and sought to impose its will on the opposition. The uniforms reflected the harshness he sought to impose on South Beach. Friedell’s words
Golden State Warriors (#27) (Modern)
From 2010 to the present, the following seasons have been worn:
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala are among the players featured in this outfit.
This aesthetic will forever characterize the Splash Brothers era. Steph and Klay hit jumpers, Draymond was a defensive force, and throwing in Kevin Durant a few years later didn’t hurt either. Friedell’s words
Sacramento Kings (26). (Baby blue)
1985-1990 (seasons worn)
Reggie Theus, Otis Thorpe, LaSalle Thompson, and Wayman Tisdale are among the notable players in this outfit.
When the Kings moved from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985, the team’s main color was changed from royal to baby blue, providing a fresh canvas for the scripted “Kings” typeface. Dodson’s words
Utah Jazz (#25) (Purple Jazz note)
1984-1996 (seasons worn)
Karl Malone, John Stockton, Mark Eaton, and Thurl Bailey are among the notable players in this ensemble.
When the Jazz relocated to Utah, they changed their road uniforms from purple to green. They switched back in 1984 after being a Western Conference contender, and their current jersey set has a similar style. ‘Reisinger’
Vancouver Grizzlies (#24) (Original)
1995-2000 (seasons worn)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Bryant Reeves, Greg Anthony, and Mike Bibby are among the notable performers in this ensemble.
The expansion team debuted with one of the loudest and most artistically designed graphics in league history, drawing influence from Native Canadian community members (the turquoise and brown signified the sky, heavens, and local grizzly bears). DePaula –
Houston Rockets (#23) (Red with yellow trim)
1976-1995, 1976-1995, 1976-1995, 1976-1995, 1976-1995, 1976
Hakeem Olajuwon, Moses Malone, Otis Thorpe, and Calvin Murphy are among the notable performers in this ensemble.
Never underestimate a champion’s heart, and never dismiss a classic look. The Rockets won back-to-back championships in this one, but a year later switched to a typically ’90s look. It was unquestionably a blunder. ‘Reisinger’
Indiana Pacers (22nd) (Flo-Jo)
1990-1997, 1990-1997, 1990-1997, 1990-1997, 1990-1997, 1990
Reggie Miller, Dale Davis, Rik Smits, and Detlef Schrempf are among the notable players in this style.
After receiving recognition for her own complex racing costume designs, 1988 Olympic gold champion Florence Griffith Joyner was asked to redesign the Pacers, thanks to a proposal from an intern. Since then, the vertically striped “Flo-Jo” jerseys have been regarded as the greatest in the franchise. DePaula –
The Los Angeles Lakers are ranked 21st in the NBA (L.A. baby blue)
1960-66, 1960-66, 1960-66, 1960-66, 1960-66, 1960
Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Rudy LaRusso, and Dick Barnett are among the notable players in this outfit.
The blue and white cursive “Los Angeles” unis marked one of the final ties to the Lakers’ Minnesota beginnings before the changeover to the team’s long-standing color of purple and gold, with rookie Jerry West in tow for the franchise’s transfer to Los Angeles. DePaula –
Chicago Bulls (20th) (Black pinstriped)
1995-96 were the seasons in which the garment was worn.
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Toni Kukoc are among the notable players in this ensemble.
It’s difficult to add anything that will stand out when you already have an iconic set of jerseys. The Bulls, on the other hand, accomplished just that with this uniform. Choosing black made natural, but adding pinstripes elevated it to the next level. What’s more, red pinstripes? Brilliant. Lopez’s words
Chicago Bulls (19.) (Script Chicago)
1973-1985, 1973-1985, 1973-1985, 1973-1985, 1973-1985, 1973
Michael Jordan, Artis Gilmore, Reggie Theus, and Norm Van Lier are among the notable players in this ensemble.
During his first season in 1984-85, a youthful Michael Jordan wore this outfit for just one season. But the picture of His Airness taking flight in the 1985 dunk contest with two gold chains hanging over the slanted “Chicago” cursive is difficult to forget. Dodson’s words
Atlanta Hawks (#18) (“Pac-Man” red)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1982-1992
Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Kevin Willis, and Spud Webb are among the notable players in this style.
This outfit became a Superman suit for the Atlanta Hawks when it debuted during Dominique Wilkins’ first season. Wilkins is the only player who has been with Atlanta for the full almost decade that the club wore these uniforms, which include a white mesh cutout on the jersey that reflects onto the shorts. Dodson’s words
New York Knicks (#17) (Classic blue)
Wearing seasons: 1968-1979, 1983-1997
Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, and Charles Oakley are among the notable players in this style.
This is how the Knicks played for the greater part of three decades, with the exception of a significantly different appearance in the early 1980s. Because it was the 1990s, black trim was added, but this is the aesthetic that will always be linked with New York’s most successful teams. ‘Reisinger’
16. Pistons of Detroit (Bad Boys blue)
1981-1996 (seasons worn)
Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, and Dennis Rodman are among the notable players in this ensemble.
This is what comes to mind when someone says “Detroit Pistons jerseys” (unless you’re at Coachella, where teal horses go free). The Bad Boys triumphed in traditional red, white, and blue, and in 2001, they returned with a similar outfit, just in time for another championship run. ‘Reisinger’
Minnesota Timberwolves (#15) (Black with tree trim)
1996-2008 (seasons worn)
Kevin Garnett, Terrell Brandon, Wally Szczerbiak, and Sam Mitchell are among the notable players in this outfit.
Kevin Garnett was the one who turned things into what they became. He was the driving force behind the team’s success, and he created these jerseys tough, particularly with the green tree trim around the sides. The finest times in club history were when Garnett and his teammates were wearing them and winning games. Friedell’s words
Toronto Raptors (14th) (Original Dino)
1995-1999 (seasons worn)
Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Damon Stoudamire, and Marcus Camby are among the notable players in this ensemble.
The Raptors’ Dino outfits were widely derided when they first debuted, but they quickly became one of the league’s most popular jerseys. At first, the giant dinosaur emblem on the chest with the pinstripes seemed a little much, but now it’s all love. Lopez’s words
Philadelphia 76ers (#13) (2000s Dazzle)
Year(s) worn: 2000-2006
Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Eric Snow, and Aaron McKie are among the notable players in this ensemble.
As if the star player wearing these clothes wasn’t unusual enough, the Sixers’ use of “dazzle” fabric at a time when few other teams were doing so further added to Allen Iverson’s star status. The fact that he wore it in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals only added to its allure. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
12. Seattle SuperSonics (green and white from the 1980s)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1978-1995
In this outfit, notable players include Jack Sikma, Nate McMillan, Shawn Kemp, and Gary Payton.
This design has always been a good representation of Seattle. Stylish and unique, exactly the way the people of the Pacific Northwest enjoy it. In the traditional green and whites, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp putting together alley-oops? That was entertaining. Friedell’s words
11. Phoenix Suns (black from the 1990s)
1993-2001 (seasons worn)
Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle, and Jason Kidd are among the notable players in this style.
Painters may find black and orange to be a difficult color combination to work with. With their sunburst jerseys of the 1990s, the Suns managed to avoid any Halloween vibes (or Cincinnati Bengals similarity, for that matter). Bonus: If you look at the uniform upside down, “Suns” reads the same. The font choice provided a lovely Easter egg. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
Bullets of Washington, D.C. (Red, white and blue)
1974-1987 (seasons worn)
Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, Phil Chenier, and Bob Dandridge are among the notable players in this outfit.
The double-L creating hands grasping for a ball and the red, white, and blue stripes are so distinctive that when the Wizards updated their jerseys a few years ago, they kept as near to this design as possible (current NBA rules prevent teams from simply reusing old designs as their primary set). ‘Reisinger’
New Jersey Nets (#9) (Stars and Stripes)
1972-1981, 1972-1981, 1972-1981, 1972-1981, 1972-1981, 1972
Julius Erving, John Williamson, Bernard King, and Billy Paultz are among the notable players in this ensemble.
When Julius “Dr. J” Erving wore this stars-and-stripes suit on way to two ABA titles in the 1970s, he might have passed for an Afro’d Uncle Sam. The New Jersey Americans were founded in 1967 and joined the NBA in 1976, with its patriotic spirit. Dodson’s words
8. Miami Heat (collection ‘Vice’)
Seasons worn: 2017 till now
Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic, and Jimmy Butler are among the notable players in this ensemble.
Now that Miami has debuted four “Vice” jerseys — black, pink, white, and blue — let’s just say it: these should be the Heat’s permanent uniform set going forward. This outfit screams Miami culture. It would be the greatest look in the NBA if the Heat switched. Lopez’s words
Hornets of Charlotte (Teal pinstripes)
1989-1996 (seasons worn)
Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, and Dell Curry are among the notable players in this ensemble.
With just 10 playoff appearances and no postseason runs beyond the second round in the 31 years since the Hornets joined the league in 1988, it’s not a reach to suggest that this uniform is the finest thing that’s ever happened to the club. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
Warriors of San Francisco, No. 6 (The City)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1966-1971
Rick Barry, Al Attles, Nate Thurmond, and Jeff Mullins are among the notable players in this outfit.
Rick Barry and Al Attles in this jersey remind us of some entertaining up-and-down basketball in the Bay Area. These are so beautiful that the modern Warriors still bring them back to pay respect from time to time. Friedell’s words
Denver Nuggets, No. 5 (Rainbow skyline)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1985-1993
Alex English, Fat Lever, Michael Adams, and Danny Schayes are among the notable performers in this ensemble.
The Denver Nuggets were statistically the quickest team in the NBA when they adopted new jerseys in the 1980s. Mile High Basketball was known for its fast pace, and the team even pushed on-court aesthetics to new heights by wearing jerseys with a rainbow skyline motif. Dodson’s words
4. The Magic of Orlando (Electric blue)
1994-1998 (seasons worn)
Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, Horace Grant, and Nick Anderson are among the notable players in this ensemble.
In the mid-’90s, the Magic made their first alternative jersey, an electric blue variation of their original style, their full-time road outfit. In the prime of the franchise, Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway made them a winner with their elegance and coolness. Why did the company abandon the pinstripes so long ago? Friedell’s words
3. The Bulls of Chicago (Road red)
From 1985 to the present, the following seasons have been worn:
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, and Derrick Rose are among the players featured in this style.
These are the jerseys that come to mind when you think of Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning six championships. The red is the most noticeable. The letters B-U-L-L-S are spelled over the breast. Jordan wore it when he scored 63 points in Boston Garden, made the game-winning shot over Craig Ehlo, and walked out against Utah in 1998. Lopez’s words
2. The Celtics of Boston (Classic green)
1972-2014 (seasons worn)
Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and Paul Pierce are among the notable players in this style.
The Celtics’ aesthetic is undoubtedly here to stay, despite the fact that numerous organizations undergo redesign cycles every decade. The front of the Celtics’ road jersey originally read “Boston,” but it was altered to “Celtics” in 1972 and stayed that way until 2014, when the team returned to “Boston.” Aside from that, the fundamental design has seen very minor changes throughout time, with the team’s signature minimalist aesthetic intact. DePaula –
1. The Lakers of Los Angeles (Showtime gold)
Seasons in which it was worn: 1978-1999
Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Byron Scott are among the notable players in this style.
The Lakers changed the colors of the number and the drop shadow on their gold home jerseys in 1978. The purple numerals shine against the gold mesh, providing a look as bright as the “Showtime” team’s style of play. The white drop shadow on the numbers on the jerseys gives them a traditional vibe that matches the history created by the athletes who wore them. McMenamin, McMenamin, McMenamin, Mc
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