The NBA officially released its 2022-23 City uniforms for all 30 teams Thursday morning, to be used in select games this season by each team. Some of these special jerseys are truly that: special. Some are especially bad. Let’s run through them all and rank them from worst to first.
The Jazz introduced all of their new uniforms in June.
If you saw this jersey by itself somewhere, you would think it was a knock-off shirt, certainly not affiliated with the Timberwolves in any way. It looks like a work of art, and art is up to interpretation of the observer. It’s terrible.
The Rockets didn’t create a new City uniform design, they just used last year’s. Fitting.
Another team that changed virtually nothing from last year. Try harder. No more ransom notes.
Nike NBA City Edition: Los Angeles Clippers pic.twitter.com/dv25LqZOFD— Travonne Edwards (travonne.eth) (@Travonne) November 10, 2022
Nike NBA City Edition: Los Angeles Lakers pic.twitter.com/szctHpgavJ— Travonne Edwards (travonne.eth) (@Travonne) November 10, 2022
Ok. We get it. You play in Los Angeles. Anything else? No? Cool. Wow. Talking about mailing it in, the both of you. Shameful.
Sacramento Kings 2022-23 Nike NBA City Editing Uniform - a tribute to Fans and City
ðâ© https://t.co/UDvjNrmzW6 pic.twitter.com/pXXCpzy9nz— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 10, 2022
Alright, we’re out of ideas… grey? Yeah, grey, let’s go with grey.
Iron is what makes it red, a perfect symbol of the strength of our foundation.
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Any ideas? Call the Kings, see if they’ll help.
Introducing our 2022-23 City Edition Uniform. pic.twitter.com/w2I9xRAxTR— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 10, 2022
The Nets took something that wasn’t that great to begin with, and made it worse. They essentially made a negative of their Jean-Michel Basquiat City unis from two season ago; the originals were black, this year’s are white. Virtually bereft of color, save for a splash of trim down the sides of the jersey and shorts.
A kingdom on the rise. pic.twitter.com/Ln65Fb6SPN— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 10, 2022
They didn’t do a lot but make really small changes to their road uniforms. Meh.
Not only do the Blazers go with the airport code, but the teal stripe is an homage to the carpet at Portland International Airport. Airport carpet. Can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Inspired by the 1996 All-Star Game in San Antonio, weâre running it back three decades later â and just in time for our 50th season pic.twitter.com/PP7z5XAIa4— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 10, 2022
These jerseys were inspired by those worn by the 1996 NBA All-Stars. Those jerseys were awful as well.
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It wasn’t that great when the baseball team did it. It isn’t any cooler as a basketball uniform.
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Inspired by the Chicago Municipal Y, a staple symbol in our city since 1917.@MotorolaUS | https://t.co/PqhESWUXtq pic.twitter.com/sypNOitMzP— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 10, 2022
While this isn’t a grand departure from the team’s original jersey, a closer look reveals a Y pattern in the jersey, symbolic of the city’s Municipal Y symbol. The symbol represents the three branches of the Chicago River joining at Wolf Point. The accent color is a deeper, rust-colored red, matching the bridges that span the river.
Cleveland Cavaliers x Cleveland Metroparks ð³
Presenting our 2022-23 City Edition Jerseys, designed by @DanielArsham.
The Land. More like the Bland. The Cavs designed their uniforms using colors that match the landscape of their great Metroparks. I feel like they could’ve done a lot better with this. I don’t know a ton of people from Cleveland, but do they really call it “The Land?”
inspired by one of the most iconic venues in basketball. for the heart of basketball country.
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An odd setup for an NBA jersey. Almost looks like a pair of overalls. The design was inspired by the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, where the Pacers currently play. I could understand a throwback to Market Square Arena, but I don’t see the draw of shouting out your stadium, where you’ve won no championships (unless you count the WNBA Fever).
Introducing the 2022-2023 City Edition Uniform, designed by Kith. The Knicks will debut them on-court tomorrow, Friday 11/11 against the Pistons. pic.twitter.com/1V6ZGfvQFZ— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 10, 2022
Some could argue it’s a played-out design, just a small tweak on their City unis from last season. They’re right, but it’s a strong look, and far better than the subway token design they had two years ago.
The Raptors go back to the black and gold, but it works for them. They’ve instituted subtle changes, but largely similar to their last City jerseys.
I like the colors, but not much else. They could have done so much more with the design of this jersey. The Denver wordmark across the front is a tribute to the Union Station neon sign, and there are some other nuances, but still pretty mid.
They had a tough act to follow from last year’s masterpieces. It looks good at first glance, but it feels… unfinished. Far too much negative space. Definitely could have done a lot more with this jersey.
Designed by artist Allison Hueman, our City Edition jersey sits at the intersection of court, community, and culture.@Rakuten || #Empowered pic.twitter.com/kMCHuEbGaH— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 10, 2022
An admirable job by local artist Allison Hueman, these jerseys celebrate the empowerment of women through its various symbols. While the aesthetics work, the yellow rose is kind of large, and makes me think more of Texas than the Bay Area.
The Suns pay tribute to the 22 indigenous tribes from their home state for this simple, yet powerful design.
If you donât think Charlotte has culture, itâs because you donât know the culture.
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An interesting colorway of granite, mint and gold, but they aren’t just picked out of the sky. Granite is the state rock of North Carolina, Charlotte was the site of the first branch mint in the U.S., and the gold is a nod to the Carolina gold rush of the 1800s. Not a huge fan of the airport code abbreviation on NBA jersey trend, but I guess it’s better than Buzz City.
#Pelicans 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition Uniform ð pic.twitter.com/Pwo1JvWYBI— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 10, 2022
The Pels get this one right. Love the striping against the purple jerseys. It’s simple, but still pops. The wordmark/numbers are strong together. This shows you don’t have to go nuts to get it right.
A patchwork of the community. pic.twitter.com/DYXhAgKV4S— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 10, 2022
The Bucks’ City jerseys pay tribute to Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood, a hub for the city’s African-American arts and culture. Love the color scheme, especially the trim, which mimics the Patchwork mural, one of many you see in Bronzeville.
The @celtics new City Edition uniforms honor the life and legacy of Bill Russell ð
The team will wear the uniforms to open the season Tuesday night. pic.twitter.com/FUY9yyKRjC— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 17, 2022
If you paid attention, you know the Cs already wore their City uni this season. Love these. The darker green with gold and black accents is a strong combo, and the 11 diamonds – an homage to the legendary Bill Russell, and the 11 championships he won in Celtics green.
Going back to our roots. Introducing our Peach 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition uniform ðð³
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I’m not usually a fan of teams that go completely away from their base color scheme, but this works. The Hawks accent black unis with peach, a color emblematic of the city. An avant-garde choice of color, but it plays, and it’s a slick look.
a uni for the ã½ï¸— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 10, 2022
Once again, Memphis turns to its rich music history for inspiration for its City unis, but this time instead of its soul roots, they lean on present day hip-hop culture for some serious drip. The chrome-accented Memphis wordmark screams album cover, and the numbers on the jersey backs glisten like an iced-out grill.
Now we’re talkin’. Dallas calls these unis the “Retroplex,” a take on the “Metroplex” name given to the Dallas-Fort Worth area 50 years ago. Like most things from the 1970s, I dig it. From the colorway to the wordmark, all these are missing is bell-bottom warmup pants to go with them.
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The Pistons went deep into their bag for this, and I am here for it. A full-on tribute to Saint Cecilia’s gym, where NBA stars from Isiah Thomas to Darryl Dawkins to Jalen Rose to Magic Johnson showed their stuff at legendary pickup games. Detroit’s own Big Sean was part of the design team, which captured the essence of the landmark in the uniforms, from the colors, all the way to the stained-glass window in the trim of the shorts.