NBA’s best new uniforms of 2016-17

As Nike prepares to takeover NBA apparel beginning next season, Adidas dialed it in on the final year of their contract. Sadly for us this meant that creative new uniform designs were few and far between.

Here’s our glimpse at the best of what was on offer.

Ben @ DUNK

#5 – Nothing new about the first two entries on this list but they hadn’t made an appearance in the league for a while so I’ll claim them. The Atlanta Hawks brought these rad racing stripe throwbacks back for a handful of games as a tribute to Pete Maravich, whose number was retired by the franchise during the season.

Atlanta Hawks 2017

#4 – Denver’s rainbow skyline throwbacks are legendary and an ALL-TIME favourite of mine. Unfortunately they were only seen for the Nuggets’ home opener when Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey was lifted to the rafters.

Denver Nuggets 2017

#3 – A team on the rise, Utah made small tweaks to their overall look. The results were sharp and a great example that some designs can be best served with just minor changes.

Utah Jazz 2017

#2 – Washington introduced their stars-and-stripes alternate uniform to honour armed services. This look was so popular with fans that the team carried the design in to the playoffs.

Washington Wizards 2017

#1 – With the Sacramento Kings moving to a new arena, an upgrade of their uniforms was always on the cards. They did well here matching their existing colourways to a smart modern look.

Sacremento Kings 2017

WORST – Want proof that Adidas didn’t care anymore? Look no further than these All Star Game stinkers! Potentially the worst in ASG history, it’s shocking how terrible they were.

NBA All Star Game 2017

Whilst Nike is expected to bring some fire, we shouldn’t anticipate  traction on any major team overhauls until the following season. One thing we can say with certainty however – no more sleeves!

Phil @ DUNK

It’s a tough gig naming the best new uniforms of this NBA season. Most offerings were uninspiring and there were very few highlights, I am looking forward to some real ground breaking new gear by Nike.

#5 – The Sacramento Kings logo. Not a uniform I know, but a really nice development of their identity.

Sacremento Kings logos

#4 – Wizards Star and Stripes.  Initially thought this one might have a touch of the ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ about it, but the final outcome is understated and cool.

#3Brooklyn Nets Remix. Big fan of everything Brooklyn and this one did not let me down. Typically gritty with plenty of attention to detail.

Brooklyn Nets 2017

#2Memphis Grizzlies MLK50 Pride. You gotta love ‘special occasion’ uniforms. The Grizzlies MLK50 Pride gear – despite having sleeves – is brilliant for the way it looks, how it was designed and for what it represents.

Memphis Grizzlies 2017

#1Milwaukee Bucks Fear the Deer. Not new but still the most outstanding look in the NBA, they must be selling thousands of these. In a sea of ordinary they command attention.

Milwaukee Bucks 2017

WORST – Sorry Benny but the Jazz Pride sleeved number was a uniform with an identity crisis – I thought it was a soccer jersey.

Utah Jazz 2017

THE GOOD NEWS – Nike pick up the uniform contract in 2017-18

THE BEST NEWS – Nike don’t do sleeves!

— So, bring on Nike to herald a new era of NBA gear. And don’t forget we’ll be starting to see sponsorship on jerseys in what will certainly be interesting times next season. —

Caboolture Suns partner with DUNK

The Caboolture Suns have chosen DUNK as the official supplier of basketball uniforms to their junior representative program, as the association continues to experience a surge in participation levels and community support. The agreement also incorporates custom team polo shirts, t-shirts and hoodies and builds on an existing partnership between DUNK and Caboolture’s senior representative teams.

With their previous uniform provider ceasing business and the need for a fresh look becoming essential, the Suns approached DUNK to provide a quote and number of design concepts for further consideration. An endorsement was then given by board members to move forward with the task at hand.

“DUNK was ultimately selected as they’d already proven to be a reliable supplier to our Southern Basketball League program and we’d begun to develop a relationship with them through their sponsorship of same” Representative Manager Rebecca Schwerin stated.

“Multiple design options were sent to us initially and we then tailored elements of different options to create a design we were satisfied with. DUNK offered helpful suggestions along the way and were extremely accommodating to last minute changes when our uniform sponsor OKG Property Management came on board.”

view Caboolture’s new uniforms via the below image

Caboolture Suns action shots

Schwerin went on to state “Good uniforms are integral to our representative programs. Caboolture’s new look is professional and makes our players feel that they are playing at a higher level. They also represent the pride we expect players to take in their appearance on and off the court.”

“The feedback we’ve received so far has been extremely positive – that these are the best uniforms Caboolture have had so far. We’ve also had comments on how amazing the uniforms and colours appear in photos.”

The Suns opted for sublimated basketball uniforms, having given significant consideration to the following key points:

  • Made locally in Brisbane
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Colours remain vibrant and do no fade
  • Logos and other custom artwork incorporated at no extra cost

DUNK looks forward to contributing to the renewed growth of Caboolture Basketball and wishes all players good luck for 2017 and beyond!

Time for a new supplier? Trust DUNK for quick turnaround times, prompt service and excellent quality – contact us any time for further information and an obligation-free quote.

Caboolture Suns

NBA’s best new uniforms of 2015-16

With the 2015-16 NBA race coming to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on the seasons’ newest and best basketball uniforms.

Let’s take a look at how a pair of DUNK staffers rank them.

Ben @ DUNK

#5 – The Indiana Pacers introduced their ‘Hickory’ uniform in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the film Hoosiers, and will wear these threads during select games for several seasons. I appreciate the basic two-colour design but it’s the contrasting shiny shorts I like most.

Indiana Pacers 2016

#4 – Toronto unveiled a suite of new uniforms at season’s beginning as they continue marketing themselves as the NBA’s lone Canadian club. The clean design sits well with the colour schemes, of which Drake’s black and gold is my pick of the bunch.

Toronto Raptors 2016

#3 – Golden State’s “The City” throwback uniform is acclaimed as one of the NBA’s best-ever designs. Surprisingly the Warriors last wore these in 2006-07 until their re-introduction this season. Blue and gold always work well as a pairing but it’s the uniqueness of the design that holds most appeal.

Golden State Warriors 2016

#2 – Memphis pulled a rabbit out of the hat and debuted these gnarly Memphis Sounds threads for the NBA’s ongoing Hardwood Classics nights. The (kind of) cool story is that these uniforms belonged to a team that lasted a solitary season in the wild days of the ABA, with the ABA/NBA merger going down a season later. The red and white colourway pops well and the fonts fit perfectly. I’m a big fan of these and they are a testament that simpler is often better.

Memphis Grizzlies 2016

#1 – The Atlanta Hawks underwent a complete rebrand this season with polarising design schemes people either loved or hated. I’m all in and I think it’s great Atlanta had the balls to bring these in. Whilst essentially irrelevant to past history, the ‘volt green’ is eye-catching without being garish and the triangle patterning sets the uniforms apart from all others in the league.

Atlanta Hawks 2016

WORST – The Steve Ballmer-owned LA Clippers really dropped the ball when they overhauled their look. Clippers gear has always been bland and uninspiring, but it was difficult to conceive they’d take a further step down. Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas felt similar and ran a contest for followers to create their own concepts, with interesting results.

LA Clippers 2016

Phil @ DUNK

#5 – Ignoring the overwhelming popularity of ‘throwback’ designs, the Atlanta Hawks took a massive step forward with their revamp this season. While not making a massive graphic statement, the colour palette, texture and style are cutting edge.

Atlanta Hawks 2016

#4 – Houston’s Clutch City uniform, which they introduced with a pair of further alternate options. OK, this isn’t the most brilliant design and nobody can convince me that sleeves look good, but I really love the whole Clutch City thing. Throw the Pelicans NOLA uniforms into the same category.

Houston Rockets 2016

#3 – The Memphis Sounds uniform was another retro concept that rocks in a funky way.

Memphis Grizzlies 2016

#2 – Although understated, the subtle designs, colours and clever typography of the NBA’s 2015 Christmas uniforms formed a stylish combination that will set the trend for future Christmas schedules.

NBA Christmas 2015

#1 – Apart from the fact that it was a brilliant idea to base these on the Hoosiers uniforms, the Pacers demonstrated that retro doesn’t always mean bland with their Hickory outfit. The contrasting colour/fabric of the shorts and the well-executed old school cut-out lettering make this a winner.

Indiana Pacers 2016

WORST – There is NO competition for this: the Washington Wizards Pride uniforms. No. no, no. There is nothing good to say about this design, and it has sleeves!

Washington Wizards 2016

As always, we’re looking forward to what the following season will bring us – although we aren’t holding our breath. With one year to go on their contract before Nike takes over for eight years, will Adidas phone it in and go through the paces?

And don’t forget we’ll be seeing sponsored jerseys from 2017-18 …

Facts in this blog referenced largely from the two leading authorities in sports uniform news  – Chris Creamer’s SportsLogos.net and Paul Lukas’ Uni-Watch.com.