Worst to First: Ranking the NBA's best uniforms
Take a look at the best, and the worst, uniforms in the NBA.
Take a look at the best, and the worst, uniforms in the NBA.
The Kings are an organization that have been down on their luck for quite some time now, and their jerseys are just another reason for Sacramento fans to be disappointed. The purple and black don't mesh, and the paneling on the sides of both the jersey and shorts is equally as bad. Oh, and what's up with that "G"? Sorry, Sacramento, you have the league's worst uniforms.
The new name drew some criticism, but upon further review, the uniforms are far worse. The "New Orleans" is way, way too small, and the blue, goldish brown, and red color scheme should be retired as soon as possible. When a jersey is too odd even for New Orleans, then you know something's wrong.
Where to start with the Timberwolves? The blue, white, and grey color scheme? The strange collar? Or the gimmicky font? The Wolves are a classic case of a bad team with bad uniforms.
The striped uniforms worked back in the 90s with Shaq and Penny Hardaway, but they don't look good anymore. The paneling on the side and the odd typeface across the chest all add up to a jersey with a lot of things going on, and none of them really working.
The Mavs have a decent home set, but the reason they fall so low on the list is a road jersey that is poorly designed. The navy blue lettering on the royal blue jersey are about as compatible as Mark Cuban and NBA referees. The team will be sporting new gear in 2015, so let's hope for an improvement.
Houston, we have a (slight) problem. The Rockets are a team on the rise, but their jerseys could certainly use some work. The double stripe that loops along each side of the jersey looks foolish, and the font across the chest looks silly.
This version of the Suns uni's just completed their inaugural season, and the early returns are not encouraging. The two color collar is awkward and the block lettering isn't great, either. They took some risks with this design, which is good, but they just didn't pan out.
The Hawks have uniforms that are simply not very much fun to look at, which is a change from the past. Once a team that used to sport some of the wildest uniforms in the league, Atlanta has now toned it down considerably, settling for a design that is risk averse and plain.
The Bucks may be ready to take the leap back into relevance, but their uniforms are still pretty boring. While the team's mascot doesn't give them too much to work with (a deer, really?) the red, green, and white tops with no interesting logo or design on them could still use a reboot.
The Raptors are now one of the Eastern Conference's top teams, yet they are struggling when it comes to the jersey department. They wear way too many colors (white, black, red, and sometimes purple) and need to do a better job incorporating one of sport's most unique mascots, like they did in the 90s.
The NFL's San Diego Chargers sports jerseys that are an example of the power of powder blue when executed properly. The Nuggets, unfortunately, are not. A classic color that is wasted by a relatively uncreative design.
Cleveland really missed the boat on this one. Instead of featuring a sword or other cavalier-ish items on their jerseys, they instead chose to go with a bland lettering across the front and well, not much else. At least they signed that LeBron guy, who will probably help sell a few of these anyway.
The Pistons have been wearing this unimaginative look for quite some time. The flaming horse and terrific teal of the past are both long gone, and have been replaced by a very conservative red and blue outfit that doesn't do much for the eye.
As far as coming up with a uniform that matches with how a team plays, the Pacers pretty much nailed this one: boring, safe and not very memorable, Indiana's jerseys are just off the mark.
A team as entertaining as the Clippers should be wearing better uniforms. The logo and writing looks too much like the other squad in LA, and the low hanging "Clippers" across the front looks like someone hit "return" on their computer keyboard one time too many.
The Grizzlies jerseys leave a lot to be desired. As far as mascots go, an angry, intimidating bear is about as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the uniform doesn't come close to reaching its full potential. They're not boring, but they're not well done, either.
The 76ers rock some of the more simple jerseys in the league, but they are a big time upgrade from what they used to wear back in the days of Iverson. They actually look a little retro, and plus, it never hurts to have a red, white and blue color scheme. 'Merica.
The Bulls have a championship tradition and simple uniforms much like the Celtics. However, they are ranked well below Boston because they just don't pull of the look nearly as well. The Celtics logo, font, and numbers come together much better than Chicago's.
We haven't seen these bad boys in action yet, but they look fantastic on mannequins. The purple and teal road uni's are different and exciting, and the teal heavy alternates are pulled off quite nicely. Once these hit the Hornets new bee hive themed arena floor, fans will start rushing to pick them up off the shelves.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it; the Knicks have been wearing the same color and design since the Bernard King era. The blue and orange is classic, but higher marks would've been achieved if the orange waistband was removed and the trim around the shoulder and underarm was finished.
The move to Brooklyn brought on some (severely) needed new outfits. There's something very aesthetically pleasing about these clean black and white jerseys. For once, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov didn't go overboard, and it paid off.
While LeBron may be upgrading in terms of talent with his new team, he is downgrading in the jersey department (file that under things that won't cheer up Heat fans). The flaming "T" on the home jersey is a particularly nice touch.
Get past the fact that the state of Utah and jazz don't go together (at all), and you'll see that these uniforms are really well done. The retro look is very appealing and the half musical note, half basketball "J" is a brilliant touch.
The Thunder wear an especially strong home uniform, complete with a orange and gold trimmed "Thunder" that strikes like lightning. Oklahoma City jersey designers, you're the real MVP.
The Wizards updated their jerseys a few years ago, and it couldn't have gone better. Out are the oddly designed blue and gold uni's, and in are the red, white, and blue striped sets that pay homage to the Bullets. With a new navy blue alternate jersey to be worn during the 2014-15 season, Wizards fans have yet another reason to be excited for next year's campaign.
These jerseys are fresh, and in a perfect world more teams would wear stripes like the boys from Portland do. Everything comes up roses when the team from the Rose Garden suits up in their white, red, and black uni's.
The Lakers could give the Kings a lesson or two on how to wear purple in the NBA. They also get bonus points for the famous yellow jerseys they wear at home, the only team in the league to regularly wear a non-white set when not on the road.
While the Raiders get all the credit for starting the silver and black phenomenon, the Spurs look just as good in theirs. In addition, the person who came up with the "U" in the shape of a spur was definitely a genius. A truly championship caliber jersey.
Right up there in the standings for most recognizable look in sports, the Celtics jersey is timeless. The classic arched lettering on the front is perfectly executed, and the green and white color scheme doesn't need decals or logos to make a statement.
The Warriors went to this look a few years ago and instantly became the team with the best uniform in the NBA. The gold and blue go together like Stephen Curry and long range 3's, and the large Bay Bridge logo in the jersey's center is absolutely beautiful. Keep on fist pumping, Steph, your team has the league's best jerseys.