Ranking the Best Jersey Designs in Brooklyn Nets History
Prior to the Brooklyn Nets unveiling new black and white uniforms and a new logo for the 2012-13 season, the franchise used a variation of red, white and blue color schemes from 1968 to 2012.
For the last four decades the Nets have maintained one of the most consistent color combinations in the NBA.
Every six or seven years, however, beginning with the 1972 New York Nets, they've slightly altered the shades of their colors, and adopted various new font schemes.
Before the 1972 season the Nets added white stars to the sides of their uniforms. During the 1981 season the team made the font on the front of their jerseys cursive and got rid of the stars. Then, in 1984, the stars made a comeback, before disappearing for good in 1990.
The most drastic color change occurred before the 1997 season, when the Nets changed their royal blue road get ups to navy. The navy blue road uniforms lasted until 2009 before being ditched in favor of red.
An ESPN.com NBA uniform power rankings created by Paul Lukas in August 2012 ranked the Nets’ 2011-12 Jerseys No. 29 out of 30 teams.
“This ranking is based on last season's set, which has to rank among the most uninspired designs ever to (dis)grace a basketball court,” said Lukas. “The new design is bound to be better.”
5. New Jersey Nets 1990 – 1997
The Nets' jerseys from 1990-1997 featured a red, white and royal blue color scheme, with “Nets” written on the front in red capital block letters. A red number, outlined with white trim, was displayed on the front and back.
The road uniforms were mostly blue, while the home kits were mostly white. For some games, however, the team sported faded, powder blue jerseys with the same red block letters and numbers.
Depending on who you ask, the faded baby blues were either totally cool, or absolutely hideous.
The team was pretty terrible during this stretch, finishing above .500 just two times from 1990-1997.
Some of the more famous Nets to don the 90’s uniform include Armen “The Hammer” Gilliam, Mookie Blaylock, Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson.
4. New York Nets 1968 – 1972
The New York Nets were one of the founding members of the American Basketball Association (ABA). From 1968-1977 the Nets played their home games in Long Island, before finally moving to the Meadowlands in New Jersey prior to the 1981 season.
From 1968-1972 the Nets sported red away jerseys and white home jerseys. The away tops were mostly red, with a royal blue trim and white, block numbers. On the front, “New York” was prominently displayed in capital white lettering.
The home uniforms were mostly white, with red and blue trim. On the front, “Nets” was written in red, cursive letters with a blue outline. The “s” had a thick tail that looped back underneath to provide an underline for the lettering.
These uniforms were great because they were simple and stylish, and set the standard for the franchise’s future look. After 1972, the Nets didn’t wear red away jerseys until 2009.
3. New Jersey Nets 1981 – 1984
From 1981-1984 the Nets went back to the same style of uniforms they wore from 1968-1972, and got rid of their white and blue stars.
The white home uniforms were almost identical to those from 1968-1972, but the cursive “Nets” was written in blue and had a red trim. The block numbers on the front and back of the jersey were also blue with a red trim.
The away uniforms, unlike those worn from 1968-1972, were almost entirely blue, with red lettering and numbers. On the front, “New Jersey” was displayed in cursive red lettering, outlined in white.
The Nets were a combined 136-104 under head coach Larry Brown during this period. The team boasted a formidable frontcourt in power forward Buck Williams and center Darryl Dawkins.
2. New York Nets 1972-1981 and New Jersey Nets 1984-1990
When people think about the Nets’ classic retro uniforms, the Julius Erving era throwbacks usually come to mind. These classic jerseys rekindle memories of Dr. J and his afro throwing down epic one-handed windmill dunks.
The Nets originally wore these jerseys when they were still members of the ABA, then reverted back to using them from 1984-1990.
And who can blame them?
The home whites had red block numbers, while the road blues had white numbers. On the front of the home tops, “Nets” was displayed in capital letters, while “New York” was written on the front of the away tops.
The distinguishing feature, however, was the stars and stripes that ran vertically down the left hand side.
1. Brooklyn Nets 2012 – Present
During the summer of 2012 the Nets relocated to Brooklyn, New York, and unveiled a new logo and uniform design to go along with a brand new state-of-the-art arena.
The franchise created a new identity, ditching the red, white and blue for a simple black and white design.
The new black and white uniforms are chic and modern, and represent the team’s effort to reinvent itself in a new metropolitan setting.
Brooklyn is written in black across the front of the home whites, and is displayed in white lettering across the front of the road blacks. The white jerseys feature a black trim, while the black jerseys have a white trim.
The classic design is highly marketable and should be around for years to come.
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