10 Most Atrocious NBA Uniforms Ever
For the most part, the NBA's uniforms have featured looks that have been cool, innovative and consistent with popular culture.
People not only buy jerseys because they like a certain team or player, but they also buy jerseys for their looks.
However, while there have been plenty of fashionable uniforms over the years, there have also been plenty of uniforms that make you scratch your head.
Granted, everyone's taste is different, but these were the 10 uniforms I found to be the most atrocious of all time.
10. Vancouver Grizzlies
I get that it was the 90s and these colors were in, but I can’t help but find it odd that a team playing in Vancouver was sporting South Beach-like colors.
To be honest, these aren’t half bad. I’m sure a lot of people really like these.
The waistband paw, though.
I can’t get past the waistband paw. I just think it’s weird, and that’s why this uniform ended up cracking this list at No. 10.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves 2003-04
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I’m sure this one will garner plenty of debate, but I was never fond of these Timberwolves' uniforms.
For whatever reason, they just didn’t do it for me.
The font almost looks juvenile; like something a 10 and under soccer team would love as their jerseys' script.
And that shade of blue has to be one of the worst out there. Quite frankly, it's just dull.
8. Sacramento Kings Gold Alternate
These have to be one of the tackiest uniforms ever created.
The shiny gold was enough to do me in, but then when you add in the swerving purple and white lines, the entire thing starts to look like an obnoxious And1 Mixtape outfit.
I don’t know if I’m alone here, but these just don’t look like NBA material.
7. Cleveland Cavaliers 1994-97
At first, I couldn’t decide if I really liked these uniforms or if I found them deplorable. But after a few minutes of looking at them, I realized it was the latter.
The best feature of the uniform has to be the little red line that runs in the middle of the letters and numbers. I like that.
Everything else, however, just doesn’t feel like it belongs. Personally, I find it looks like someone was tired of thinking of ideas, so they went with a plain black or dark blue background and then proceeded to throw a light blue splash across the middle.
The Cavaliers have had some nice retro get-ups in the past, but this was not one of them.
6. San Antonio Spurs 1984-85
Another uniform that simply lacked originality. And not only did it lack a sense of creativity, but it definitely appears as though the designer didn’t put a ton of effort into it, as the "San Antonio" is clearly far too big on the front of the jerseys.
There are hardly any shots of this uniform in which you can actually see every letter on the front of the jersey.
Don’t believe me? Google it and you’ll see.
5. Charlotte Bobcats NASCAR Alternate
I understand what the Bobcats were going for in this instance.
NASCAR is obviously wildly popular in the south, and it’s no secret the Bobcats franchise has struggled from the get-go, thus equaling weak fan support and more importantly, interest.
Lack of interest not only results in less ticket sales, but also less revenue in the area of merchandise. So, as are the case with all alternate jerseys, the franchise was just trying to make a buck.
The bad news is these uniforms were weird. There’s no other way to put it.
4. Milwaukee Bucks Green Deer Alternate
Generally, when a team tries to portray its mascot in an obnoxious size on its uniform, the attempt doesn’t end well.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ green deer alternate falls into that category.
Perhaps the designer of this uniform was a hunter and felt bad about his hobby, so he gave the platform of an NBA jersey to deer everywhere to express his sincerest apologies.
I don’t know, but what I do know is that aside from the deer, these uniforms weren’t bad.
The deer is just too much.
3. Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Clippers Throwback
For whatever reason, orange and black just don’t seem to go well on a basketball court.
I can appreciate the little logo they have going on. The Indian feather serving as part of the "B" is cool. Actually, to be honest, the emblem really is pretty sweet, and these uniforms had the potential to be a good look.
Unfortunately, everything outside of the logo went downhill.
2. Memphis Grizzlies 2012 Alternate
I apologize, Grizzlies fans, but your team has made my list for the second time. Different city this time, but it’s still the Grizzlies.
The best way to describe my opinion of these uniforms is with one word: Why?
Honestly, I’m stumped as to what is going on here. I’m sure the creator of these gems had a great reason for designing them as they did, but I just don’t get it.
To be fair, yellow and green is a difficult combination to pull off.
1. Golden State Warriors Sleeved Jerseys
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When I first saw this design surface on the Internet last year, I initially thought it was an interesting concept, but I didn’t take it to be anything more than a hypothetical design.
“Cool, but these would never be worn in this league,” I said to myself.
I was wrong, of course.
And the worst part?
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported yesterday that the Los Angeles Lakers will give the look a shot this upcoming season, along with the Phoenix Suns.
This is a trend that needs to die and do so quickly.