Ranking the Best Jersey Designs in Philadelphia 76ers History
Ranking the best jersey designs in Philadelphia 76ers' history is a pretty fun task.
The Sixers have an advantage over other NBA teams in the jersey department. The franchise has been around for 50 years, but that's not what puts them over the top.
Philadelphia is special because it has the same colors as the flag of the United States of America.
You don't have to be a fan of the team to like looking at jerseys full of red, white and blue. That alone gives the Sixers some of the NBA's best uniforms, but which jerseys are Philadelphia's best?
The Syracuse Nationals became the Philadelphia 76ers in 1963, so it's only natural for their original uniforms to make the list. The team used this uniform from 1963-65 and went 74-86 in their time with the jerseys.
As if being the Sixers' initial jersey design wasn't enough, this uniform also happens to be the first Philly jersey that Wilt Chamberlain put on. That has to count for something, right?
As far as patriotism goes, the shorts take the cake and laid the groundwork for future Philadelphia uniforms. There were 13 stars around the "76" on the shorts, a symbol representing the country's 13 original colonies.
Flash really wasn't the name of the game here. This was a simple jersey, but also happened to be Philadelphia's first.
These jerseys introduced the city of Philadelphia to a man by the name of Julius Erving. The team only rocked this uniform for a year, but it marked the transition into a new era of basketball—in particular, a new Sixers era.
Dr. J instantly turned Philly into a must-see team. The ABA-NBA merger had just taken place, and it was a bit of an eye-opening moment for the NBA. All of a sudden, the ABA's flash and flair were brought to the NBA court, making most games faster and played above the rim.
No team saw this transition more than Philadelphia.
This uniform was only used for one season, but it was the beginning of Erving's days with the Sixers, which was certainly an important moment in Philly's history.
Philadelphia has only won two NBA championships under the 76ers name.
The first came when the 1966-67 Sixers defeated the San Francisco Warriors in a six-game finals series. Getting the first title in Philadelphia's history earns this uniform the No. 3 spot on the list.
The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are often referred to as the best team in NBA history because of their 72-10 record. Few people know that the the 1966-67 Sixers were pretty close to Chicago's record during their championship run. Philadelphia went 68-13 before winning the title and had the fourth-best record in NBA history.
There's little-to-no-chance of a Philly team topping a season like the 1966-67 Sixers. Philadelphia's simple uniform didn't do anything to help the team win games, but it did look good while they were doing it.
About three weeks ago, I wrote an article ranking the Philadelphia Sixers' four worst uniforms of all time. I ended up ranking the 1991-94 uniforms as the No. 1 worst uniforms, but it was partially because of how great they were.
That makes no sense, but hear me out.
This uniform is so unique and crazy that I had to put it as the worst in the sense of them looking more like a Halloween costume than NBA jersey. At the same time, the fact that Philadelphia had the guts to officially use these as a uniform makes this jersey that much better.
Making both lists is a bit ridiculous, but it had to be done. This jersey fit the time period it was used in perfectly and lands at No. 2 on this list.
The 1978-91 uniforms were used during the "golden era" of Philadelphia basketball.
Players like Dr. J, Moses Malone and Charles Barkley all wore this jersey at one time or another. The Sixers also won the franchise's second title in 1983 with this uniform on the team's back.
There isn't anything too special about the look of this jersey. The top was extremely simple with one solid color surrounding the "Sixers" font, and the shorts were highlighted by a 76ers logo on the right leg.
Simplicity is what made this uniform absolutely shine.
Philadelphia let its basketball do the talking on the court. It isn't a coincidence that the Sixers played more games in this jersey than any other in the team's history—1,066 to be exact.
This is the quintessential Sixers uniform and is the best jersey design in Philadelphia's history.