Ranking the Worst Golden State Warriors Uniforms Ever
The Golden State Warriors are synonymous with great jersey designs; however, the team has had a few misses that rank as some of the worst Golden State Warriors uniforms ever. While the city jersey with the cable car number ranks at the top of NBA all-time jerseys, less attractive jerseys have also been produced.
The introduction of the new Warriors jerseys in 2010, which are similar to the "City" jerseys, changed the trend of the recent lackluster years of the Dubs uniforms. Those years represented the time when Chris Cohan begrudgingly owned the Warriors, and the team looked the way it played.
That being said, other eras factor into the worst Dubs uniforms of all time and it is a pretty tight race between the five worst jerseys that the Warriors have ever donned. The yellow jersey with sleeves is the most recent variation trying to supplant the older versions.
Let’s take a look how the worst five uniforms rank.
The Warriors tried to update their biggest uniform change in history by changing the lightning stripes on the side to a more subdued orange color and a bold Warriors typeface running across the jersey.
After six years of futility on the court between 1997-2003, the Warriors were in need of a change. The Warriors did not stray too far away and this uniform was just a repackaging of the previous design.
These jerseys were better looking than the earlier version and were proudly displayed during the “We Believe” season of 2006-07. After the following season, when the Warriors barely missed the playoffs with 48 wins, the team fell back into the doldrums.
These jerseys were standard issue and not flashy or creative like the jerseys of the Warriors' past. The current Warriors jersey is a huge upgrade from this version.
This jersey marks the move west from Philadelphia to San Francisco, where the team was named the San Francisco Warriors before transitioning to the Golden State name in 1971.
This jersey is not flashy at all, except that it is the beginning of the yellow jersey for the Dubs. Wilt Chamberlain was sporting this jersey after the move from Philadelphia despite the red, blue and yellow design color clash.
The only benefit of this jersey is that with the blue and red stripes on the arms, the team name and the number really pop out.
3. 2012-2013 Short-Sleeve Jersey
The Warriors became the first team in modern NBA history to wear short-sleeve jerseys. Adidas, their jersey provider, wanted to debut this innovative look that has more of a soccer feel.
The uniforms are definitely bold in their design, but they are 26 percent lighter, absorb more moisture and give players full range of motion. The biggest problem is that they blind fans and opponents with their awkwardness.
The jerseys caught the San Antonio Spurs off-guard in their debut, but the Warriors lost the next two games when they donned the alternates. The Warriors are ahead of the curve, but the boisterous all-yellow look does not do the team any favors.
The trend may be catching on as up to five other NBA teams might be sporting these jerseys next season. Let’s hope that they have someone better designing the color schemes.
2. 2007-2008 Orange Alternate Jersey
The orange jersey was a radical marketing move to sell more jerseys for the team that just completed the “We Believe” season.
The Dubs looked flashy in the jerseys, but the look was way too loud on the court. These jerseys rival the short-sleeved yellow jerseys, but they finish lower on the scale because of the overall design.
These jerseys were obviously not a hit with fans, as they were discontinued the following year—this switch might have coincided with their luck as they went from 48 wins down to only 29.
This jersey was the first significant change from the traditional blue, yellow and white as the Dubs debuted a new logo that was radically different than the California state image. The Dubs wanted to give the team a fresh look and they obviously failed.
This jersey had thunder stripes that went along with the marketing of its new mascot, Thunder. This jersey did not lift the team morale as they lost more than 60 games in the 1997-98 season and was the last of Latrell Sprewell.
The only benefit of the Thunder theme is that the Warriors mascot disappeared after the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.
The Warriors are in a lot better shape both team-wise and jersey-wise these days.