Washington Wizards New Uniforms: Bold New Look a Massive Upgrade for Wizards
The Washington Wizards unveiled a new uniform and a completely new look for their franchise on Tuesday, as the franchise looks to move into a new era with its young talent.
The team completely discarded its previous color scheme, opting for a red, white and navy combination more in keeping with the team's history and the city they play in.
But what should we make of these new uniforms? Are they an upgrade over the previous designs or has the team continued its recent tradition of hideous uniforms?
Frankly, the initial results are extremely positive.
The new look seems to be a massive upgrade on almost all fronts, but let's take a closer look at the aspects of the Wizards' new re-branding effort.
The primary logo actually looks better in red and navy than it did in navy and gold. The improved typeface marks a massive improvement over the previous font style, and this logo pops much better. The secondary logos are solid, and I'm a huge fan of the Bullets throwback with the hands reaching for the basketball.
The Washington Monument inside the basketball is an intriguing one, and there's some definite potential here. Overall, this was definitely, a strong recovery from a lackluster era in the team's history.
Do you like the Wizards' new uniforms?
Considering what they had before, the Wizards managed to do quite a bit here.
The Color Scheme
That's more like it.
Prior to the revamp, the Wizards never quite felt like an NBA team; the gold and navy never quite clicked the way they would have liked.
But with the more traditional color scheme, Washington not only plays to its locale in the nation's capital, they also manage to harken back to the days when the team was something other than an Eastern Conference doormat.
The brighter colors serve this team well, and even the silver is a solid effort.
The Uniforms Themselves
Wow. Talk about an upgrade.
These are some sleek new duds for the Wizards, who are clearly getting back to their glory days as the Bullets. The horizontal stripes are a fantastic element of these jerseys, as are the contrasting shoulder colors.
The shorts bring a more modern look, with the contrasting side panels and the star at the bottom.
Overall, much like Philadelphia and Golden State, the Wizards found that by going retro, they were able to massively upgrade their appearance.
The closest thing to a lackluster element in these jerseys. I'm not a huge fan of the number font; it's a little bit odd, but not entirely terrible. The numbers are a little funky, but frankly, it could be much, much worse.
The same goes for the team names—because of the length of the names, the Wizards find themselves with a fairly small font, which could make them tough to read in a game.
I dig the vertically arched letters on the back, and even if the type is small, on HDTVs, it won't really matter much.
While this is the weakest aspect of the new look, we're really picking nits here.
Much like Golden State last season, Washington has managed to join the ranks of the NBA's best dressed teams.
These are fun uniforms, managing to successfully combine the vintage feel of the new colors with enough modern touches that they don't feel too old-fashioned.
Overall, this is a massive upgrade over their previous look, and I'd say the Wizards look more like an NBA franchise than they have since they were the Bullets.
Their new look is sleek but retro, and definitely a winner. Well done.
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