Ranking the 4 Worst Philadelphia 76ers Uniforms Ever

Zachary Arthur@Zach_ArthurSLCCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2013

Courtesy of CBS Philadelphia
Courtesy of CBS Philadelphia

Deciding on the four worst Philadelphia 76ers uniforms ever is a pretty difficult task.

The NBA is full of franchises that have seen numerous jersey changes. There have been hundreds of uniforms that have seen a basketball court. Some have been fantastic, and some have been laughable.

While the Sixers haven't exactly had any jerseys that would send a person to the nearest toilet, they have had some pretty bad ones.

Let's take a look at the four worst Sixers uniforms in their history.


No. 4: 1997-2009

Philadelphia took a turn to a more modern uniform during the 1997 season. Only the 1978-1991 jerseys were played in more than these.

The time period on these jerseys actually brings more of a smile to a Philly fan's face than anything else. This was the Sixers' second coming. Allen Iverson had just taken the reins and would end up leading them to their first finals appearance in 18 years.

Let's be honest, most of these seasons were a blast to watch.

The uniforms were a bit of a different story, though. Going with an up-to-date look makes sense. Teams want to stand out and look the part. The issue with these wasn't so much the top half as it was the bottom.

They were way too plain!

Give us something other than a solid color and nice trimming. I'm no fashion expert, but Philadelphia just didn't completely deliver with these jerseys. They were definitely more good than bad, but the Sixers left a little to be desired here.


No. 3: 2009-Present

Sometimes less is more. Unfortunately, Philadelphia's current jerseys don't live up to that mantra.

The only word to describe Philly's uniforms is "simple." A clean and refined look has a way of being sharper than something overloaded with designs, but the Sixers missed the shot with this one (sorry about the awful joke, I just couldn't avoid it.)

Perhaps Philadelphia's struggles over the past couple of seasons are contributing factors toward some dislike for these uniforms. Who knows, maybe a change of uniform could be what turns the team's misfortunes around?

I'm kidding around of course, but the Sixers should try just about anything right now.


No. 2: 1965-66

Before we begin, Philadelphia should get major bonus points for coming up with the idea for these uniforms. The word "ridiculous" doesn't come close to describing them, but the players deserve credit for even putting them on.

Calling the Sixers' second uniforms "bad" almost seems unfair. You could put Wilt Chamberlain in anything, and you wouldn't be focused on the jersey as much as his stat line. Still, though. Philly tried a white-on-the-top, red-on-the-bottom type of thing that just didn't look good.

If you are interested in a retro jersey to wear to some kind of costume party, then these might be a good bet for you.

Soak it in, though, because that is really about the only positive thing about these uniforms.


No. 1: 1991-94

If you're scratching your head and wondering how in the world this jersey landed as the No. 1 worst in Philadelphia's history, then I completely understand what you are thinking.

On a personal level, I absolutely love these uniforms. The name, "76ers," originates from The Declaration of Independence being signed in 1776 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These are the best uniforms for capturing the patriotic feel of what the term 76ers means. 

You must be asking why these are the worst then?

It is simply because the uniforms look foolish. You wouldn't expect a basketball uniform to look how these did.

Now, feel free to disagree with me as much as you like because everyone has their own opinion on uniforms. To me, these jerseys are my favorite the Sixers have ever worn.

They also happen to be crazy, and for that, I am calling them the worst, too.

Strange, I know.


Click the link for a history of Philadelphia's uniforms


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