The NBA has really cornered the market on making a whole bunch of new jerseys for each team, what with releasing a statement, city, and earned jersey each year. You’d think more leagues would take a page out of their book and basically print free money. The league dropped their Earned Edition jerseys—those for teams that made the playoffs the season before—Wednesday and there were some hits and some big misses. First big miss: no Phoenix Suns earned jersey. Yes the Suns didn’t make the playoffs last year but going undefeated in the bubble should’ve warranted them a new kit.
With new jerseys being released, I figured I had to sit down and rank my favorites, so here we go. (Shoutout to @OKCTracker for the images)
16. Dallas Mavericks
When you’re not sure what makes this jersey different than their normal jerseys, that’s never a good sign.
Didn’t I just see this jersey? I do like the Thunder text.
14. Portland Trail Blazers
It’s the Trail Blazers jersey in black and white. Cool?
13. Boston Celtics
I’m always underwhelmed by Celtics jerseys. I get that you don’t want to stray too far from the classic look, but slapping three different color greens onto a jersey just isn’t doing it for me. In fact, I made a quick tweak which I think makes the jersey look a whole lot better.
I would love to see a Clippers jersey that calls back to their baby blue/orange days. This just looks like a tracksuit.
11. Miami Heat
I understand maybe wanting to branch out from under the Miami Vice colors that have become so popular, but I’m not sure this is the direction to go. Think this would’ve looked a lot nicer—and more unique—replacing the black with Heat red and really steering into the fire aesthetic.
10. Indiana Pacers
Yup, I like the slanted pinstripes. The black darkens the jersey a little bit more than my liking but overall, good look.
9. Utah Jazz
Don’t hate these but damn the Jazz need to figure out what their color scheme is and stick within it.
Nothing super creative here but the black and red do pop.
I give this major creativity points. Love getting the antlers involved in the body of the jersey and I’m super curious how they find with the shorts in a full uniform. Do the shorts have tan sidings to have the antlers run down the leg? We shall see.
Combining the current iteration of the jersey with the classic purple jerseys of old. I don’t hate the combination, just disappointed theres no dinosaur.
I like splitting the logo into two colors but maybe then don’t randomly include gold around the numbers. If they didn’t do that, this would be in contention for No. 1 overall.
I’m a fan of these. The front is clean and I like the star sides. They seem a little busy but maybe the sides are as thick as I’m thinking and they take up less of the jersey than it seems in this photo.
This jersey would be perfect in my eyes if the damn numbers just fit inside the Liberty Bell. There’s nothing that peeves me more than numbers not fitting in a shape.
Love the subway look and the pattern is great. I think these will look beautiful on the court, especially if the pattern is a little more subtle in real life.
These are beautiful and that pains me to say.
Which of the NBA’s new Earned Edition jerseys is your favorite?