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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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.
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.
#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.
#3 – Brooklyn Nets Remix. Big fan of everything Brooklyn and this one did not let me down. Typically gritty with plenty of attention to detail.
#2 – Memphis 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.
#1 – Milwaukee 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.
WORST – Sorry Benny but the Jazz Pride sleeved number was a uniform with an identity crisis – I thought it was a soccer jersey.
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. —