Jerseys are the thread of the NBA—literally and figuratively.
Jerseys are made of team colors and logos, names and numbers; they are what every NBA fan identifies with.
NBA jerseys have evolved from functional, plain and ugly wool shirts to silky and stylish. They are now a bigger part of the game than Jon Naismith or even the NBA inventors ever dreamed.
NBA jersey sales are now the barometer we use to determine the league’s most popular players (1. Kobe Bryant, 2. LeBron James, 3. Dwight Howard) and it’s got to be amazing to be one of those guys who have their name and number on the back of thousands, if not millions of fans.
As a player ages, so do his jerseys, and they leave a lasting, tangible evidence of one-time greatness. Likewise, owning a vintage jersey gives a fan proof of how long they’ve followed a team, and just how diehard they are.
Nowadays, a fan is in the minority if they don’t have a jersey on while attending an NBA game. But the reach of the NBA doesn’t stop there.
NBA jerseys are now used as a fashion statement as well; remember when everyone in rap videos was wearing a jersey a few years ago? They have become an integral part of US popular culture, and the league has even extended its reach to Europe and China with their jersey sales.
There’s no doubt that jerseys are important to the NBA, but this list has been assembled to determine what teams are always looking their best on the hardwood, and what teams should burn their jerseys and start from scratch.
I selected the best looking jersey each team wears currently, including home/road and any throwbacks they’ve used in 2009-10.
So, without further ado, here’s the list of every team’s jersey, starting with the ones that would make you poke your own eyes out, and ending with the best the league has to offer.