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The NBA's Icon Jerseys, from worst to best

For years now we have wanted to jump on here and voice our opinion on the NBA's uniforms. There are some teams that are trend setters and really at the forefront of jersey design. Other teams seem to put little thought and effort into their teams threads. Here are the NBA's Worst to Best Icon jerseys: 30 - Charlotte Hornets

These are awful. Their look was cutting edge when it first came out and attracted a lot of interest... in 2014. Now in 2020, the Hornets have joined the growing list of franchises throwing an abbreviation on their jersey and sending the kids out to play. Dated design, tacky 3 letter abbreviation (in oversized lettering).


Grade: F


NOTE:


We do have to give them plenty of credit for their city jerseys - a throwback to the 90s, a time when this franchise's uniforms rocked, as did their teams.







29 - Cleveland Cavaliers

Another uniform that had plenty of admirers when they first came out. These uniforms were praised for their simplicity and were a welcome change from their wine and gold uniforms. However, these dated very quickly. The chunky, block font and jagged numbers are a bad combination. It leaves us to think what could have been, as the colour scheme is actually really classy.


Grade: D-


28 - Phoenix Suns


Phoenix somewhere along the line have gone off track. The 90's saw the glory days of Suns uniforms, with the Barkley era and the bursting basketball sun across the front. Kids would proudly wear these to school and pretend to be the Round Mound of Rebound. These days, their uniforms are nothing buy a promising colour scheme. So much could be done with the purple and orange. It wouldnt take too much to turn this around. Some black splashed in rather than the white and a new "Phoenix" font'alone would see this soar up the rankings. For now though, it sits at 28.


Grade: D



27 - Washington Wizards


Washington are one team that has very rarely had a nice uniform. The Gilbert Arenas era divided fans with the gold and black, in your face, dazzle fabric uniforms. These uniforms aren't THAT bad, they are just dated (again). They are already experimenting with their other jerseys - hopefully they can find one to replace this as their everyday uniform.


Grade: D+


26 - Sacramento Kings


These uniforms frustrate me. The colour scheme is great, it works very well. The massive block letters across the front - not so much. With a little work these could be really quite classy and nice. "Kings" in a nice cursive font or similar would dress this up nicely and transform it from bulky and rude to classy and sleek


Grade: D+



25 - Los Angeles Lakers


These are rude. The black side panels are offensive and something we haven't seen before on a Lakers kit. Had we talked about the home strip I would speak a lot more fondly of it, being a throwback to the showtime days, done very tastefully. These just look out of place. Yellow side panels, although a bit more boring, would have looked a lot nicer.


Grade: D



24 - Golden State Warriors


Some people really like this uniform. I guess it's not all that bad. It's been around a long time and really needs an update. We would love to see a throwback mashup to the Chris Mullin era, with the "Warriors" splashed across the front. But hey, that's just our two cents.


Grade: C-



23 - Detroit Pistons


Yawn. This hasn't seen an update since Ben and 'Sheed Wallace donned a Pistons jersey. It's not a bad design by all means, but come on guys - give the fans something to enjoy! Their experiments with their statement and city jerseys appear as if they are searching for something to replace it, but for now we are stuck with this.


Grade: C-



22 - Philadelphia 76ers


These are a nice, plain, simple jersey. No frills. Nothing stands out as a flaw or a feature. We don't even mind the abbreviated "PHILA", which we have seen to take offence to earlier in this article. These are however not very exciting at all, which is why they land in the middle of the pack.


Grade: C



21 - Memphis Grizzlies


In a slighty worse version of years previous, these Memphis uniforms are not too bad. Just that... not too bad. Extremely simple design, fairly boring features, but a really classy colour scheme, which they have always had. Memphis have had some ripping designs over the years, this just isnt one of them.

Grade: C



NOTE:


The use of the throwback city jerseys has been met with open arms. Highly regarded as one of the best uniforms in NBA history, the colours were updated for the throwback and look even better than the original.



20 - Toronto Raptors



What do I like about this uniform? Not much. What do I dislike about this uniform? Not much. The small block lettering is a little out of place when compared to the completely different style of number font. Outside of this, it's a pretty plain design. There is plenty of room for improvement here.


Grade: C



19 - OKC Thunder



Nothing particularly to dislike about this uniform. This is the look they have run with since the franchises inception in 2008. It's not really the stuff a classic uniform is made of. It's more of a trend design and has a lifespan on it. We feel like this has well surpassed it's use-by-date. A fresh look would serve this franchise nicely!


Grade: C



18 - Indiana Pacers


These uniforms have a real College feel to them. Team name in a circle is something no other team has done... and probably for good reason. The front of this uniform becomes very text dominant and overpowers the jersey. Aside from this, the uniform is great. Unique, modern and has a colour scheme that works very well. I do wonder if this is one we will get tired of seeing in a year or two, but for now it's easy on the eye.


Grade: C+



17 - Orlando Magic


A new take on an old design. This subtle change from blue to black as the primary colour is a welcome change. These offer a sense of class, with nicely matched fonts and use of colour. They do have a bit of a pinstripe suit feel to them though, don't they?


Grade: C+




16 - Minnesota Timberwolves


People went nuts for this look when it first hit the scene in 2017. They were a fresh, sleek new look with the 2-blue theme as a first for the franchise. This is really a trendy design and may not age well, but we could be wrong. For now though, they are pretty nice! We would LOVE to see a throwback to the KG "treetop" design though!



15 - Brooklyn Nets


When the New Jersey nets migrated to Brooklyn, they adopted a fresh new look, It was a crisp, black and white, simple jersey. Does it sound like i just described their current jersey? It should, because it's still the same. What once was a modern, classy new look now just looks a little boring and underwhelming. That isn't to say it looks bad in the slightest, because they don't at all. We would just love to see something fresh for these guys.


Grade: B-



14 - Dallas Mavericks


The Mavericks have had some bad... really bad uniforms in their time (who can remember the shiny silver dazzle uniforms?). This isn't one of them. The Mavs stuck with their same old design that many fans are tired of. They are a neat, professional design, which all in all looks pretty decent. The design was unveiled in 2001, originally with navy as the primary colour. They changed to the light blue as the dominant colour in 2010 and have run with it ever since. Recently though, the blue has been changed to more of a royal blue, which we like less than the lighter blue the Mavs won a 'chip in (2011) Grade: B-



NOTE: When we make a top 10 WORST NBA uniforms ever made, these will surely be a contender.








NOTE: Credit must be given for their city uniforms. We thought we would hate these, and we do hate the MAVS font on the front. But these look terrific out on the court. We hope the use of the blue and green can be factored in to a regular design in future.






13 - Denver Nuggets



Had we have been talking about their home kit, this uniform would feature lower... A LOT lower. Their home kits look below average. The away kit doesn't look too bad though. Designed as a classy, simply design, they serve this purpose fairly well. The use of the burgundy, as small as it is - is too much though.


Grade: B-




12 - Miami Heat



This uniform really suits the city. The contrast of black and red has been a staple in Heat designs for as long as I can remember. This design has been around for a long time now though - around 1999 to be exact. But I think we are OK with it. It borderline has the makings of a classic design, which would be used year after year.


Grade: B




11 - New York Knicks