Some NBA uniforms just look really good. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics have all succeeded in finding a formula that works. Their uniforms have become iconic, instantly recognizable and familiar. Outside of minor tweaks, these top teams have kept their jerseys consistent, and in doing so maintained the clean, recognizable look that attracts both players and fans.
But for every attractive jersey we see in the NBA, there are always more that simply do not work. Some feature huge dinosaurs on the front, while others are just terribly boring. Fortunately, this list will contain many of the latter but none of the former.
With the help of some incoming rookies, let's take a look at some NBA uniforms that ought to be burned.
Rookie John Jenkins gets the great honor of representing the Atlanta Hawks' lame uniforms.
The Hawks occasionally rock a stylish secondary jersey, but their primary uniforms don’t really pop in any way. By no means are the jerseys ugly; the setup is clean and the colors mesh well. But there is nothing bold or daring about the uniforms, and the Hawks should take the first step to remove themselves from the NBA's static middle-class by searching for a new look.
Atlanta managed to get rid of the burden of Joe Johnson’s contract, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to release Josh Smith and his teammates from the weight of these crushingly boring uniforms.
The Brooklyn Nets are obviously the team most in need of new uniforms, due to the fact that they currently have none.
Brooklyn fans should expect a big improvement on the lackluster Nets uniforms of the past, as Jay-Z’s classy black and white emblem foreshadows a sleek jersey set for the newest contender out East.
With a revamped roster, sparkling new arena and fresh uniforms, the Nets looks like a team that will attract a whole not of new fans as they push towards a return to the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks deserve credit for their unique Christmas color combo, but the jerseys simply aren’t very interesting. The font looks out of place, the trim is bland, and the green isn’t particularly vibrant.
While the home uniform actually looks pretty solid, the road version definitely needs some work.
The Bucks’ alternate uniforms look a bit better, but like the primary design, there isn't a whole lot going on. Milwaukee has never managed to pull together a jersey design that sticks, but it stands to reason that with enough revision, the team can figure it out someday.
The next thing the Magic should trade away are their uniforms. The pinstripes do little to help the relatively plain jerseys, and there is simply no creativity in the Magic design. For a franchise headed toward the lottery and in serious need of direction, a bold new look certainly couldn’t hurt.
The Magic rock a unique and bright blue that cannot be found with any other team, but they must find a better way to accentuate it than the white flag of pinstripes.
The Phoenix Suns don’t have terrible uniforms, but they’re nothing to get too excited about, either.
The color scheme doesn’t mesh particularly well in these uniforms, and some minor tweaks would go a long way in giving this young Suns team a more attractive look.
Now that the Steve Nash era is over, the Suns must embrace a fresh start in every way—starting with some alterations to these questionable designs.
And hey, maybe the prospect of wearing a decent jersey could be enough to motivate newcomer Michael Beasley into actually trying.
Ok, we get it—Kings, royalty, purple. But is the black really necessary?
The Sacramento Kings have the worst color combo in the NBA, and with the nearby Lakers dominating the purple spectrum, the Kings could use a change of color.
The Kings may not be in Sacramento much longer—and a change of location will mercifully signal a change of uniforms.