Representing their city and their team, a uniform is what they wear every time they step onto an NBA court. NBA franchises are only defined by a few things, and their jersey is definitely one of those things. Classic uniforms and logos is what teams will be remembered by, like the Celtics green or the purple and gold of the Lakers. Whatever it is, a team should be proud of their jerseys.
The problem with this is that sometimes NBA teams produce some ugly jerseys, that for some reason they think is the best way to represent themselves against their opponent on the court. Us as NBA fans can probably remember some really ugly jerseys that had us thinking, "how did that thing ever make it onto the court?"
There have been more jerseys produced in recent years, as teams have alternates, alternates with sleeves, throwbacks, etc… This has led the way for even more bad jerseys to surface, as many of these sleeved jerseys just don’t look right for the sport of basketball.
As always, feel free to leave any other awful NBA jerseys in the comment section below, for we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Here are the top 15 most awful NBA jerseys that should have never made it onto the court.
15 Chicago Bulls Stag Throwbacks - 2005
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Chicago Bulls take the court in these terrible, terrible jerseys. I mean seriously, I couldn't imagine anyone thinking these uniforms looked good. If these jerseys were worn for Clown Day then maybe, just maybe I could understand the choices made. The red top and the shiny blue pants clashed terribly. The long stretched lettering with the blocked number didn’t go together at all either. And the white waistband separating the jersey and the shorts were the icing on the top of this total fail.
14 Dallas Mavericks Alternate - 2003
Do I really have to explain to you why these jerseys are so ugly? They look like the Mavericks were wearing silver trash bags on them, definitely not a respectable NBA jersey. The Mavericks are known for their blue or green style jerseys, not silver. The small Mavericks logo gets lost in the shiny material and just adds to the awful of this jersey. Thankfully, Mark Cuban pulled them after one game. These jerseys belong in a Sci-Fi movie, not the NBA.
13 Denver Nuggets Alternate - 1981-85
This one if pretty confusing, as the Nuggets tried something new with their already good looking jersey. The Nuggets jerseys with the mountains behind the apartments have always seen some hate over the years, however there are many more sensible people that understand the beauty that this NBA uniform possesses. The white and blue ones are pretty nice to look at, however when the Nuggets tried to make them black and green, that was a huge mistake as they created one of the worst offsprings from an excellent NBA jersey.
12 Toronto Raptors Military Night
Showing appreciation for your nation's military is a very serviceable thing to do, however there are different ways to have a military inspired jersey other than just making a completely camouflaged uniform. That's what the Raptors did for their military nights, which meant fans had to watch their team play in some of the ugliest NBA uniforms of all-time.
11 11. Phoenix Suns - 2003-12
While Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire had some eye opening plays together in these uniforms, there just wasn't anything special enough to keep these jerseys around for almost a decade. These jerseys were just weak. The weird oval/halo behind the number was a very peculiar choice of design. Also for the orange Suns team, there was much too grey for my liking. Shouldn't a team with a name like the Suns have brighter colors?
10 New Jersey Nets - 1990-97
The Nets wore some of the ugliest jerseys fans of the NBA have ever seen throughout the 90s, as the uniform looked like a faded watercolor painting gone wrong, as the gradient used was terrible. These jerseys were bad right from the start. The lettering of a jersey is everything and the font for “NETS” was awful. Add the vibrant red and blue color scheme to the rectangle logo on the front and this jersey goes from bad to worse.
9 Charlotte Bobcats - 2008-11
The Charlotte Bobcats were never really respected as an NBA team due to their inability to win games at a successful rate…and these jerseys didn’t help their cause at all. Mostly faded blue, the colors were odd. The white pinstripes didn’t have any appeal and the lettering on the front seemed childish. I don't know what it was but there just wasn't anything appealing on the plain Bobcats jerseys. Perhaps the ugliness of these jerseys was suitable for them given how bad they were for all those years, before eventually showing promise and getting the Hornets name back.
8 Detroit Pistons - 1995-2001
The Pistons tried steering away from their classic red, white, and blue uniforms with these things, but totally missed the mark in trying to do something different in a successful way. What isn’t wrong with this jersey? The Pistons are a classic bad to the bone team, and these wimpy teal jerseys completely took away from that. These uniforms just didn't have anything to get excited about, kind of like the team that wore them.
7 Indiana Pacers "Hickory High" - 2015-Present
Celebrating the film Hoosiers, the Pacers thought that these jerseys were the best fit to commemorate the movie. These are just bad. The “Hickory” is wrapped around the number in a odd use of space and the weird red jersey top is not good looking at all. Just like the Bulls Clown Day mistake, never have your pants a different color then your jersey, as it just looks bad. It never works. Also, the pants are very shiny and chrome which doesn’t work with the extremely bland red top.
6 New York Knicks Christmas Jerseys - 2012
5 5. Los Angeles Clippers Braves Throwback- 2006
4 Sacramento Kings Alternate - 2005-07
A lot of basketball fans aren't fans of putting gold on jerseys, even though I believe the Wizards pulled it off, as those jerseys looked pretty good. The Kings on the other hand decided to try using gold in their jerseys, however it just looked bad as the franchise overused the gold to an extent where the uniforms became totally unsightly.
3 New Orleans Pelicans - Mardi Gras
New Orleans is famous for their Mardi Gras celebration, and the team decided to make a Mardi Gras inspired jersey that they wore for the 2012 and 2013 NBA seasons. The jersey has three different colors sported on it, as it ranges form a dark purple, yellow, and green that all comes together...terribly. These jerseys just aren't cool at all and do not pay homage to Mardi Gras, as the dark purple is used the most and I believe that it was the worst color from the three all together.
2 2. Memphis Grizzlies Tam Throwback - 2012
In 2012, the Grizzlies sported these yellow and green jerseys as a nod to the short time they were the Memphis Tams. With the yellow top and the green bottom, the Grizzlies didn’t even try on this one. Nothing was really awful about the top and bottom separately, however there is just something about having the top being a different color from the shorts that make these eye sores something ugly.
1 Philadelphia 76ers - 1991-94
The Sixers have never had great jerseys other than their black and white style in the early 2000s that Allen Iverson wore. However the jerseys they wore in the early 90s were just terrible. Trying to show their patriotism, the Sixers thought these jerseys showed what made Philadelphia one of the most important cities in America. Wrong. These foolish jerseys had way too much going on and were just plain ugly. They looked like an elementary school kids t-shirt, not an NBA uniform.
Perhaps it was just the nature of the 90s but there’s a way to be colorful and still look like a professional basketball team, as they looked like a rec league team who let one of the kids design their uniform. Barkley must have been relieved when he was traded to Phoenix knowing he wouldn't have to wear these anymore.
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