Pulling on a team’s jersey should bring great pride for athletes, but over the years there have been some NBA jerseys that are so ugly, the players must have felt embarrassed to put them on. Much like fashion, some color and alternative styles can work to great effect, but there is a fine line between distinctive and ugly which many teams have struggled to find. Many teams do not take the risk and opt for a classic look; there is nothing wrong with this and many of these teams have had the better looking kits and logos in NBA history. There are a few teams that have been a little more experimental with their styles and colors over the years, and occasionally this has worked very well. This was most evident during the 90’s, where the kits and logos were often colourful, bold and cartoonish. Many people criticize this style, but I find that teams like the Charlotte Hornets, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors had some of the better looking kits and logos in NBA history and have a huge retro appeal.
Nowadays the cartoonish element has disappeared from the logos and kits, bar the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics who have iconic logos which should never be changed. The cartoonish element may have disappeared, but there have still been a number of bizarre looking kits which utilize awful color combinations, strange lettering or just simply ugly designs. In addition, the NBA has introduced sleeved jerseys in recent times, which have turned many of the better looking kits in the league into awful designs. Not only are they ugly and look way too tight, but many of the players also find that they restrict their shooting motion (this could also be an excuse for a poor night from the floor).
These ugly kits, along with garish logos which overpower many NBA courts, are a part of the game and can be a source of entertainment, but you have to feel slightly sorry for the players that had to pull on these awful designs each time they stepped onto the court.
10 Los Angeles Clippers, 2011-12 road jersey
9 Miami Heat, 2011-12 throwback jersey
8 San Antonio Spurs, 2013 military jersey
7 Golden State Warriors, 2012-13 short-sleeve yellow jersey
6 New Orleans Hornets, 2012 NOLA Mardi Gras jersey
5 Cleveland Cavaliers, 1970-1982 road jersey
4 Detroit Pistons, 1995 – 2004 road jersey
3 Sacramento Kings, 2005-06 alternate road jersey
2 Denver Nuggets, 1983 - 1992 road jersey
1 Philadelphia 76ers, 1991-1994 home jersey
It must have been painful for the 76ers players to pull on these jerseys, and particularly because it was their home kit too. The tacky design features a white base colour with multi coloured stars in a blue section, which also contains the Sixers name in red. The design is mirrored on the shorts, creating an ugly, naff design from top to bottom. It is a unique design to say the least, but unfortunately it does not click and instead looks like it may have been designed by Pepsi. The 90’s was filled with bizarre jerseys, with this one being a prime example of the worst of them.
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