The latest version of the NBA’s City Edition uniforms has been around for a bit now, with teams releasing them in early November. This season’s unis pay homage to the league’s 75th anniversary, as well as each team’s most iconic moments.
We saw some very trendy ones while others simply weren’t all that good. We rank the top 10 below.
10. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies uniform blends styles from the past and present, with midnight blue and Grizzlies Gold the main colors – the latter representative of the Grizzlies since 2004. The asymmetry still gives a shout to the city’s geography while the shorts show off the team’s iconic grizzly bear logo in keeping with the general City Edition theme.
9. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets’ famous teal remains, only covered by a honeycomb pattern that tells opponents they’re in a hornets’ nest. That wouldn’t have been the case some seasons back but LaMelo Ball is already changing the culture in Charlotte.
The uniform also includes the pinstripes from the original ones the team wore from 1988 to 1997, as well as a vertically gradated cell pattern hoisting an ode to the Charlotte Coliesum’s court design.
8. Phoenix Suns
The Suns have brought back the City Edition uniforms from last season and, who could blame them? They look quite sharp and last term was pretty special as they went to the NBA Finals.
It didn’t feel like they might make another push for dominance out West this season yet, they are currently leading the Western Conference and sports betting participants will definitely feel good about their prospects.
7. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers’ City Edition uniform is quite befitting for a team that has won 17 championships, boasting the club’s iconic purple that takes fans back to the days of the Showtime Lakers, as well as the early 2000s when L.A won three straight titles.
While purple speaks to the legendary uni color that came about in the 1960s, the stars around the number go back to the Minneapolis team from the early 50s.
6. New York Knicks
The Knicks are somewhat back to being a serious team in the East again and their City Editions are pretty hot, black with orange and blue piping with checkered side panels. It stands to reason that the NBA’s most valuable team has one of its best uniforms.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
This is certainly reminiscent of those early Kevin Garnett years and mixes three eras: The Expansion, The Big Ticket, and The Present.
The wolf logo is on the shorts, as one would expect, while the jersey’s blue, green, and white signifies the team’s first season in 1989.
4. Atlanta Hawks
This uniform bespeaks the Hawks’ eccentric style and countless highlight reels. With a new generation of stars in its ranks, the team’s City Edition uniform invites the current crop of players to take over from former greats. The bright yellow uni sports torch red elements, plus a throwback logo. The numbers in the back represent the 80s era while those in the front are indicative of the inaugural uniforms from 1968.
3. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors’ City Edition unis are really quite stunning. The iconic dinosaur logo is back but the team was apparently keen on keeping that look from their 2019 title-winning season. The jagged pinstriping and short design symbolize the team’s first uniforms from 25 years ago. The current claw-scratch logo is also there, featuring on the shorts, as well as a maple leaf on the waistband.
2. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls’ uniforms are one of the least-changed in NBA history, which makes it pretty hard to mess with. The City Edition uniforms are representative of the Bulls’ first season in 1966, plus that 1984 season typography from Michael Jordan’s rookie season.
The team’s threepeat years are also noted at the bottom of the jersey.
“These jerseys bring back the fire from all who love the Madhouse on Madison,” the NBA announced for the jersey release last year. “This blend of the franchise’s first season in ‘66, the cursive typography from the ‘84 rookie season and the three-peats — both of ‘em — tells the story of a notorious franchise. The four stars of the City of Chicago flag — the proudest city flag in the country — stud the belt buckle. Behind the diamond cutout on the shorts, a black pinstriped throwback to the second three-peat, and one of the singular teams in NBA history.”
1. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets unis pay respect to the team’s legacy from New York to New Jersey and back, nodding to the iconic logos and the stars and stripes of the 1970s to the Nets’ NBA finals history during the Jason Kidd days.
Fans will be hoping the color scheme sticks around for a while.