New NBA Uniforms 2013-14: Previewing Latest Jerseys and Short-Sleeved Alternates
The NBA is entering a transitional period, as multiple rosters have been drastically altered and superstars have changed cities. While every organization has committed to improving its personnel, others have targeted their image.
The ever-polarizing jersey change has commenced for 2013-14.
Multiple organizations have given themselves a fashion makeover, either changing their team design or going to the extreme of altering their entire scheme. Whether they've changed their team name and colors or simply freshened up an original look, it's out with the old and in with the new.
Here's what you should be looking for.
The Detroit Pistons haven't altered their uniforms, but they did make an addition to their wardrobe. Staying true to its roots, Detroit released an alternate jersey that follows its color scheme but makes one significant change.
It's self-explanatory that this is called the "Motor City" uniform.
The Pistons remained with their colors of red, white and blue, but altered the text and font on the front of their alternate jersey. With a dark blue base, red letters and white text, the jersey doesn't read "Detroit" or "Pistons."
Instead, it reads "Motor City."
Greg Monroe debuted the jersey, which is a welcome addition for an organization that has bolstered its roster. Its core of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith will all look good donning the new alternates.
It's nothing drastic, but it follows the patterns of uniforms such as the Portland Trail Blazers' "Rip City" editions.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have completed the most massive overhaul since the organization moved from Charlotte, N.C. They've changed their team name, created a new mascot, revamped their roster and, inevitably, made a new uniform.
It's a jersey with more class and conservatism than most others—and that's not a bad thing.
The Pelicans' color scheme is similar to that of the Indiana Pacers with a splash of red thrown into the mix. With one using white, gold and red and the other going blue, gold and red, some have criticized the jerseys as "bland."
With that being said, New Orleans didn't need flare; it created a strong uniform.
Admittedly, it's close to an exact replica of the Pacers' uniform. Even still, it may not say "Mardi Gras" but it does follow the team's color scheme and offers a better look than some of the others who made changes this offseason.
Criticized or not, New Orleans made an improvement.
The Phoenix Suns made a complete overhaul of their jerseys, going as far as removing the iconic "sun beam" logo. What they've since debuted is an entirely new look, opting to go with one-color uniforms.
That includes a short-sleeved alternate.
As can be seen above, the Suns have gone with an all-white home uniform and all-purple road jersey. The white consists of orange text and black numbers, while the road has white text and orange numbers.
These are solid jerseys, but it's the sleeves that catch the eye.
The Suns became the second team to adopt the short-sleeved jersey after the Golden State Warriors re-introduced it in 2012-13. The jerseys are all orange with white text and dark grey numbers, with the matching streak to the left.
Recently acquired players Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler can be seen wearing the uniform below.
It's not the flash we expect from Phoenix, but they're effective uniforms, nonetheless.
As previously alluded to, the Suns have revealed that their alternate jersey will have short sleeves. As can be seen above, the Warriors first created the frenzy in February when they premiered that style.
According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com, the Suns and Warriors aren't the only teams to get in on the fun, either.
So new details on sleeved jerseys... 5 teams will add a sleeved jersey to their uniform options... 20 will wear them at least once.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 4, 2013
If you don't like these jerseys, the NBA has hit you with a big, "Too bad."
The short-sleeve jerseys will take some getting used to, and over time they'll need modifications. As it presently stands, the common complaint is that they look more like recreational league uniforms than NBA jerseys.
Even still, teams are adopting the system.
The Suns and Warriors have managed to pull it off in some form or fashion, but as I said, there will need to be updates. Fans will be more inclined to buy into the trend if the jerseys are made to better fit their teams instead of one-color get-ups.
With that being established, we know one thing: 20 teams will test them out this season.
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