The Best NBA Jerseys for Every Franchise
If there is a sport that leads in looks and style, it’s gotta be basketball. From the iconic kicks that Jordan took the floor with every night, to the Fab Five sporting the black socks, the basketball population trumps all other sports in fashion IQ. With the jerseys, it’s no different. Basketball almost always leads the way in clean, stylish, sometimes wacky uniforms. Not all are hits, but almost every team’s fans can argue it’s best uni is the cream of the crop.
Here are my favorites from each franchise. Comment below which jersey is your favorite!
The Hawks’ jerseys have been on a slow decline since Pistol was in Georgia.
Larry Legend didn’t ever put on a different jersey while he was in the NBA. He didn’t change teams, and his team didn’t ever change the jersey.
Although I could do without the sleeves, I do like the mix of the seventies look with the current colorway.
Many NBA fans wish teams would leave the pinstripes for the baseball teams, but I’m one to appreciate pinstripes when tastefully done. Larry Johnson’s Hornets took teal and pinstripes to another level.
Did I mention tasteful pinstripes? Not the most famous Bulls uniform, but definitely the meanest. And isn’t that what you want from a team with a frowning bull as the logo?
I might be alone on this one, but I love this jersey. It was short lived, and the Cavs decided to stay away from light blue and black from here on out, but I wish they woulda kept with it.
The logo and font reminds me of the Wild West, and what’s a better look for the Dallas Mavericks? I’d like to see these back as an alternate.
All the colors of the rainbow, Denver skyline, and the outline of the Rocky Mountains, and yet it worked well as a uniform. Don’t knock it until you try it.
Winning helps any jersey’s cause. The Pistons had some of their best years when Chauncey and Rasheed rocked these.
Golden State Warriors
Sometimes, all you really need is a clean logo that honors your city. Golden State has it.
This is a nice looking, clean jersey with an understated logo on the shorts. The current Rocket uniforms need to adopt some simplicity from this one.
In my opinion, the Pacers have the association’s ugliest jerseys. At least this one doesn’t have the yellow and pinstripes.
Maybe it’s the beautiful man that Bill Walton once was that made me pick this jersey, or maybe the lack of quality jerseys in the Clippers history.
It’s a classic look that benefited from countless Hall of Famers.
I don’t know what to say here. It was fun while it lasted, but please leave it in the 90’s.
The Miami Floridians narrowly beats out the 90’s look made famous by Mourning and Hardaway. I just like the unique colors and format of this one.
Possibly my favorite NBA jersey. The cream, green, baby blue and white work perfectly together, and remain understated. Just like their young team, these jerseys bring a lot of energy to the court.
I grew up a Timberwolves fan, and I’ll be the first to admit that they only have a few good unis. At least KG enjoyed his prime in this one.
New Orleans Pelicans
With not many to chose from, this away uni from the Pelicans is an easy pick.
New York Knicks
Another classic, clean, and crisp jersey from the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder
This jersey and colorway combo is almost as loud as Gary Payton. Almost.
The glory days with Shaq and Penny had the best jerseys, too.
I had to go with the classic Sixers look. Stars and stripes down the sides are a nice tribute to the city where our country was born.
I’m not sure what’s brighter, Chuck’s smile or the shooting sun across the chest.
Portland Trail Blazers
This Blazer alternate is a personal favorite of mine. Still worn by Portland, this is one of the last jerseys that still has a pattern across the front.
The Kings in the early 2000’s were a scary, mean team. This dark, simple jersey embodied that personality as well.
San Antonio Spurs
There might not be a jersey that fits a team better than this one and the Spurs. It’s plain, clean, and undeniably good. Anyone who hates the Spurs knows the only reason is they aren’t their team.
Frankly, this is an ugly jersey. But, it’s the best ugly jersey there is.
Easily the best Jazz logo is paired with a very unique colorway. In my book, those two usually add up to be a good combo.
Okay, I lied. Two sleeved jerseys made the list. This one has a lot going on with the bold, wrap around stripes, but I think it works well as an alternate.