Grading Oklahoma City Thunder's New-Look Alternate Jerseys

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Grading Oklahoma City Thunder's New-Look Alternate Jerseys
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In early November, screen shots from the NBA 2K13 video game revealed the Oklahoma City Thunder's new alternate uniforms (via Operation Sports). The Oklahoman later revealed images of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison donning the uniforms.

Nearly one month later, the Thunder have strapped on the unis against the Brooklyn Nets. So how do we grade the new-look jerseys? 

 

Look: B+

The Oklahoma City Thunder's alternate jerseys are plain, to say the least. With a combination of navy blue and white, with nothing else to complement, there is reason to perceive these alternate uniforms as bland.

But there is reason to enjoy these jerseys.

The Thunder's alternate uniforms are more classic than bland. For a team with limited history in OKC, it offers an opportunity for throwback jerseys to be utilized against some of their more storied opponents.

You've got to love the retro, don't you? Even if there is none.

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Fitting Team Identity: C-

The Oklahoma City Thunder's usual jerseys aren't the most praised in the league, but they fit the team's identity. They display a sense of youth, excitement and explosiveness whether in the whites or blues.

Not this one.

Aside from the rather bland nature of a uniform for a team known as the "Thunder," the uniforms are without the team colors. Or are they?

If you look closely at the Thunder logo, the text and upper outline of the OKC shield is navy blue. I'm no fashion specialist, but I'd say that's a bit of a reach.

Is it not?

 

Influence on the Team: A+

Considering the Oklahoma City Thunder scored 117 points on 60.6 percent shooting from the floor in these alternate uniforms, how could you not endorse them? After all, this was the second-highest scoring total of the season for OKC.

Kevin Durant finished with 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting, Russell Westbrook had 25 on 9-of-17 and Serge Ibaka posted 18 on 8-of-12. Even Thabo Sefolosha had 14 on 6-of-8 shooting.

Although the Brooklyn Nets managed to score 111 points, they also shot 42.9 percent shooting from the floor—an all-around brilliant performance by OKC in these old school uniforms.

NBA 2K13 still via Operation Sports

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