The 2016-17 NBA season has been filled with plenty of drama and excitement. With the All-Star break quickly approaching, teams are getting ready for the final stretch of the regular season while vying for the best seed possible in their respective conferences. This season has seen a number of new stars and intriguing story lines develop and one can only imagine what is in store for the second half. One of the story lines that has surfaced pertains to the team jerseys seen around the league. Last April the NBA announced that on-jersey advertisements would debut at the beginning of the 2017-18 season in accordance to their new apparel deal with Nike.
So far the Celtics, Kings, Nets and Sixers have given us a glimpse of what to expect next season with the new jerseys. The advertisements have received a mixed reaction as many feel that classic jerseys such as the Celtics are being tarnished with a second logo on them. It's a change that we'll just have to get used to and it shouldn't detract from the great game that we see today. While the advertisements are minor adjustments, teams are still introducing new and improved jerseys every year. One of the newer trends in the league are the t-shirt jerseys; Golden State was the first team to dawn them and debuted theirs during the 2012-13 season. This list will detail all of the great looks that teams have used over the past 17 years. Jerseys that debuted in the 90s and carried over into the 2000s were omitted. Stick around till the very end for an added bonus but without further ado, here is every NBA team's best jersey since the year 2000.
31 Atlanta Hawks - Home Jersey, 2007-2012
30 Boston Celtics - Green & Gold Alternate
29 Brooklyn Nets - Current Home Jersey
28 Charlotte Hornets - Current Home and Away Jersey
After New Orleans announced that the team would be re-branding itself to the New Orleans Pelicans, the then Charlotte Bobcats jumped all over the opportunity to reclaim the name of the Hornets. The 2014-15 season would see the team, in which stars such as Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning played for, back in the league but with a fresh new look.
27 Chicago Bulls - 2016 Christmas Jersey
26 Cleveland Cavaliers - Away Jersey, 2003-2010
When LeBron James first stepped foot on an NBA court, he did it in style. The away jersey during this stretch featured the classic wine and gold colors that have become synonymous with the team. I prefer the away jerseys over the home jerseys simply for the fact that the unique wine color is featured in an even greater demeanor. The bold "C" in Cleveland shows the strength and determination within the organization and it puts fear into the hearts of opposing players who knew they would have their hands full when going up against James and the rest of the Cavaliers.
25 Dallas Mavericks - Alternate Jersey, 2011-12
24 Denver Nuggets - Pride Sleeved Jersey
Here's one of the t-shirt jerseys that works terrifically. The t-shirt jerseys have received mixed reactions from basketball fans but more teams are starting to use them and the Nuggets struck gold with theirs last season. The white is crisp and refreshing and works perfectly with the newly designed double pick-axe and mountain logo that incorporates the spirit of Denver and the Rocky Mountains as well. This is one of the few jerseys without any text on the front but it really doesn't need it.
23 Detroit Pistons - Detroit Chrome Jersey
Also debuting last season, the chrome jerseys are a different take on the Pistons usual color scheme. Along with the "Motor City" jerseys, these pay tribute to the cars of the past and future as Detroit is seen as the automobile capital of the world. The Pistons have used some crazier looking aesthetics in previous jerseys but this one keeps things on a simpler level. It's a clean look that represents the blue collar workers of the city which goes perfectly with low post players such as Andre Drummond. Would they ever adopt these into a permanent look?
22 Golden State Warriors - Run TMC Jersey
21 Houston Rockets - Current Home and Away Jersey
20 Indiana Pacers - Hoosiers Alternate Jersey
When it comes to basketball movies, Hoosiers is definitely up there with the best of them. The Indiana Pacers decided to honor the 1986 film and unveiled these jerseys last season. With Hickory (the name of the high school in the fictional film) proudly displayed on the front, Paul George and company showoff the maroon and gold in all its glory and it is just as awesome as you would it expect it to be.
19 Los Angeles Lakers - Hollywood Nights Jersey
18 Los Angeles Clippers - Alternate Jersey, 2012-13
Using design aspects similar to their previous jerseys, the alternate jerseys along with the home and away colors for the Clippers during the 2012-2013 season were among some of the sharpest in the league. I chose the alternate jersey for the Clippers but feel that all three patterns are fantastic. The cursive writing gives off the vibe that the Clippers are all business when it comes to basketball and the "LAC" on the jersey is a nice touch as well. The jersey also marked a new era in Clipper basketball and one that has been much more enjoyable compared to previous years for the team. Will Chris Paul ever make it to a conference finals? Only time will tell with that story.
17 Memphis Grizzlies - Home Jersey, 2000-2004
Representing the last iteration of Grizzlies basketball in Vancouver, this jersey was the last the team displayed in Canada before moving to Memphis. What really pulls this jersey together are the turquoise stripes down the sides. The team also took a more subtle approach with this look as did a number of other teams with their jerseys coming out of the 90s.The red outlines on the letters give off the image that the team was just as blood thirsty as a real grizzly bear but not really considering the fact that the team finished way under .500 in every season during its time up north.
16 Miami Heat - Black Tie Jerseys
No that's not a Brooklyn Nets jersey your looking at. The Miami Heat "Black Tie" jerseys were unveiled in 2014 and has been the closest thing that we can wear to a wedding in terms of basketball gear (please don't actually do this). The look is meant to emulate men's formal wear on the court and is similar to the pattern of a tuxedo. The tuxedo pattern makes for a very unique look for a basketball jersey and the three dimensional block numbers also looks great on the jersey.
15 Milwaukee Bucks - Alternate Jersey, 2015-16
14 Minnesota Timberwolves - Current
The Minnesota Timberwolves had some of the better jerseys coming out of the 90's. After Kevin Garnett left the team in 2007, the Timberwolves organization wanted to start fresh after losing their all-star forward. The jerseys were the first thing to change and it was an alteration for the better. With a revamped logo the new jerseys debuted in 2008 and looked sleeker then ever. The new design and color scheme was a breath of fresh air and was a welcome addition to a new era of Timberwolves basketball that currently features young prospects such as Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. A return to the playoffs should be in store within the next couple of the years as Wiggins, Towns and the rest of the team continue to develop into one of the more exciting teams to watch in the league.
13 New Orleans Pelicans - Mardis Gras Jersey 2015 Edition
12 New York Knicks - Current Home and Away Jersey
Paying tribute to the great Knicks teams that included legends like Walt Frazier and Willis Reed, the Knicks current look is another one that is simple but effective. For a majority of the Knicks history, the color scheme has stayed the same. The current look, which was introduced back in 2013, took the designs of the 70s, 80s and 90s jerseys and added a few tweaks to produce the more modern and cleaner looking uniform we see today.
11 Oklahoma City Thunder - White Sleeved Jersey
Yes, OKC has joined the party when it comes to t-shirt jerseys. Sporting the Thunder logo on the front, the jersey is fairly simple. In fact it might be the most simple out of all the t-shirt jerseys. It's almost as if someone just took a plain white t-shirt and slapped a logo on it. In the end, its a clean looking outfit but the Thunder really don't have much to choose from. This, along with the Nuggets t-shirt jersey, might be the only jerseys of its kind that would be suitable for everyday wear. The rest are crazy colors that I wouldn't wear but feel free to wear whatever makes you happy.
10 Orlando Magic - Current Home and Away Jersey
In 2008 the Orlando Magic decided to go back to their roots and sport jerseys similar to the ones that the team wore during the 90s. The pinstripes were back in all their glory but gone were the cheesy looking stars that wouldn't look great in today's NBA. The magic would beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals while dawning these jerseys to earn a spot in the franchise's second NBA Finals.
9 Philadelphia 76ers - Current Home Jersey
The 76ers' current home jersey is another uniform that pays homage to some of the greatest teams in the franchises history. It really doesn't get any more patriotic than this jersey right here. The stars on the sides of the jersey look the best in white on the home jerseys along with the red white and blue color scheme that just screams America. If Uncle Sam played basketball this would be his jersey of choice. The team appears to be finally making strides with their rebuilding process as Joel Embiid makes his presence felt around the league.
8 Phoenix Suns - Current Away Jersey
The Phoenix Suns are currently rocking jerseys that are very similar to their 90s counterparts. Their current look uses a similar aesthetic and an almost identical logo to the one the team used during Charles Barkley's tenure with the team. Of course the old school jerseys will always be remembered in the classic purple and it's no different today as the current away jerseys outshine the home ones in a number of aspects.
7 Portland Trail Blazers - Alternate Jersey, 2012
6 Sacramento Kings - Current Home Jersey
5 San Antonio Spurs - Black Alternate Jersey, 2015
4 Toronto Raptors - Drake's OVO Nights Jersey
3 Utah Jazz - Current Home Jersey
2 Washington Wizards - Alternate Jersey, 2007-2009
The last time we saw these jerseys in use Gilbert Arenas or "Agent Zero" was getting buckets on a Wizards team that didn't make much noise in the playoffs. Today you can find the former all-star on snapchat breaking into Nick Young's house. The colorway for this jersey was really out of the blue but it really did work and it stood out from the rest of the league's apparel during its time. The stars are placed in the right spots on the jersey: on the sides, shoulders and above the name on the back of the jersey. A jersey like this wouldn't look too bad as an alternate for the 76ers today with their color scheme.
1 Bonus: All-Star Jersey - 2003
Look at that you made it all the way to the end! As promised earlier here's a little added bonus to the list. The 2003 NBA All-Star Game was a classic for a number of reasons. Yao Ming was cementing his place in the NBA with his first all-star appearance, Vince Carter continued to defy the laws of physics with a number of sensational dunks and Shaquille O'Neal showed off some of his best crossover moves against Brad Miller. There was even some defense being played, something you don't quite see anymore in all-star games. More importantly this was Michael Jordan's last all-star game of his career. This year's jersey reverted back to the design that Jordan wore in his first all-star game and for good reason. Why not honor one of the greatest players of all time? Jordan scored 20 points in one of his final match ups against Kobe Bryant. Here's a trip down memory lane for those with a little extra time to spare.
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