Nike and the NBA revealed every team’s 2021-22 City Edition jerseys on Monday, giving all 30 NBA franchises an alternate uniform to wear throughout the league’s 75th anniversary season.
Like any other time there are new jerseys unveiled, there are some that are really sweet and others that are … not so great.
Opinions vary on each and every uniform, but we’ve taken the time to sort out what we believe are the five-best and five-worst of the newest City Edition jerseys.
Take a look at the rankings below.
Disclaimer: For this exercise, I excluded the Phoenix Suns “The Valley” City Edition jerseys because they are the same as last year’s and are still undeniably one of the best uniforms in the NBA today.
Five best Nike NBA City Edition jerseys
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
These Cavaliers jerseys just do it for me.
I love that they focused the concept around the throwback logo that the franchise used from its inaugural season in 1970 to 1983. The old color combination is perfect, and I’m a huge fan of the checkered border that outlines the jersey and shorts. Everything is tied together nicely with the late 90s-to-early 2000s number font and the use of different throwback logos on each leg of the shorts (something that you’ll see across a lot of these City Edition uniforms).
4. Golden State Warriors
These black jerseys are clean. They’re mostly plain, but sometimes less is more.
The lightning bolt is obviously the first thing that stuck out to me, paying homage to the early 2000s Warriors teams. The same goes for the “We Believe” on the bottom of the jerseys. It’s also worth noting the dots above the Nike tag on the jerseys, which are a tribute to how many games it has taken them to win each NBA Finals series that led to a championship, including a blank column for “what lies ahead,” according to the team’s official Twitter account.
I can’t wait to see Stephen Curry pour in 10-plus 3s and shimmy at halfcourt in front of a roaring Chase Center in these.
3. Charlotte Hornets
I feel like these go one way or another – you either love them or think there’s way too much going on and hate them.
For me, it seems like the Hornets can do no wrong with their City Edition jerseys. The honeycomb print blended into the teal with the off-colored pinstripes is a nice ode to both the past and present of the Hornets franchise.
The cursive font on the chest and shorts match nicely, and I really like the enlarged old Hornets logo because it’s significantly better than the new logo. There is a lot going on, but that teal and blue colorway is hard to mess up.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
These Timberwolves uniforms were very close to being my favorite of the group.
I really like the throwback to the franchise’s first-ever colorway, mixed with the “Wolves” font from the Kevin Garnett era. The tree trim is another nice ode to that late 90s, early 2000s era, and it’s cool they took things a step further with the navy blue pine tree imprint going down the entire uniform, from the jersey to the shorts.
The Timberwolves were another team that used the franchise’s first-ever logo on one side of the shorts and current logo on the other, which is an awesome touch, too.
1. Atlanta Hawks
I don’t think there should be much of a debate – these are the best City Edition jerseys.
I was always a huge fan of the big hawk going across the jersey from the Dikembe Mutumbo days and it’s really cool they mixed it with the “Atlanta” font from the franchise’s first-ever uniforms during the 1970s, Pistol Pete Maravich era. The gold is a crisp color and the “404” area code tribute above the Nike tag will surely be a fan favorite.
Oh, and the court they’ll play on when rocking these uniforms is sick.
Five worst Nike NBA City Edition jerseys
Note: The No. 1 ranking is the worst.
5. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks just can’t seem to figure out their City Edition uniforms. In my opinion, they haven’t hit on one yet.
I’m personally a big fan of this color green from the franchise’s earliest days, but the way the side stripe dips into the uniform around the chest is strange. I really like the old school font as well, but it seems like it should be bigger. There’s an awkward space between “Dallas” and the number.
They missed the mark on these.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
I see what they were trying to do with these, and the white and light grey is kind of sleek, but it also just looks like they’re incomplete.
Even just the slightest pop of that Thunder blue would have made these feel more put together, but instead, they’re just blah. That’s all there is to it.
3. Miami Heat
Again, I see what they were going for with these. Each letter is a tribute to a different time in the franchise’s history, pulling together one font from all of the different eras. But the final product looks like a poorly done scrapbook collage. My first thought when I saw these was it looks like the Burn Book from “Mean Girls.”
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Yeah, it’s a “no” from me here.
I really like the “Sixers” font in an ode to the franchise’s uniforms in the 1970s, but that’s about it.
The red, orange, green and blue on the side is supposed to be a tribute to the city’s four major sports franchises – the Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and 76ers – but it just looks odd and the colors don’t go together at all. It’s cool that they’re showing love to the Philadelphia Spectrum on the shorts, the arena that hosted the 76ers from 1967-1996, but the final product just isn’t great as a whole.
1. Boston Celtics
I said the same for the Mavericks, but the Celtics haven’t been able to figure out their City Edition jerseys, either.
When you’ve really only had one uniform consistently throughout the franchise’s history, it makes it tougher to come up with concepts, so I get that.
The throwback to the original Celtics logo on the belt buckle, the tributes to Red Auerbach, the 17 shamrocks to represent a league-lead-tying 17 championships and all of the retired jerseys are great nuggets.
But the way the uniform looks as a whole is terrible. There’s no arguing that.