NBA “Earned” Uniforms: Who Hit (and Missed) the Mark?

by Kevin Nesgoda


Portland guard CJ McCollum shows off the Trail Blazers’ new “Earned” Edition uniform, which the team will debut Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. (Photo used with permission from Trail Blazers)

Portland guard CJ McCollum shows off the Trail Blazers’ new “Earned” Edition uniform, which the team will debut Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. (Photo used with permission from Trail Blazers)


The NBA needed another uniform reveal like I need another 10 pounds, but here we are, criticizing yet another round of new hoops threads. On Wednesday, the league announced that they’ve awarded new “Earned” Edition uniforms to the 16 teams that qualified for the 2020 postseason.

So, I’ve decided to do what I always do with a new uniform announcement; Take a look at them and – since we all love rankings (am I right?) – give you my favorites and least favorites in rankings that will matter to nobody except myself. Let’s do it.


THE WORST

UTAH – There’s a special place in hell for your franchise after ripping off the color scheme of a franchise that was not only ripped from the arms of its city, but a pretty big rival as well. Not sure if the Jazz are trolling Sonics fans or ignorant. Probably both. 

DALLAS – These look just like what they wear now. Somebody either missed a deadline or just didn’t care. The effort in this design is a mirror image of the Mavs’ effort on defense … non-existent. 

LA CLIPPERS – Gray and white is never a good combination. Yeah, there’s a hint of red, but not enough to keep this set from looking like a sad day. Actually, it kinda resembles Paul George in the playoffs. Depressing.

PHILADEPLHIA – If not for the Liberty Bell/jersey number placement, this set would’ve likely ended up in the better part of this column. However, the bell looks clunky and placing the numbers over the top is just odd. I don’t have an alternative, but anything else would probably look better than this. 


THE BEST

MIAMI – Say what you want, but I love it. The combination of “Trophy Gold” and black looks clean. The promotion behind it is also great. Outside of the “Black In Black” set from the Big Three days, this is my favorite uniform set for Miami. 

DENVER – I hardly ever disagree with any new uni the Nuggets release, and I won’t start now. The logo and number placement on the front of the jersey are perfect (Sixers, take note), the piping is nice and it’s just a solid, clean look. 

MILWAUKEE – The Bucks did a nice job incorporating the antlers into the sides of this set, starting from the bottom of the shorts and working all the way up to the lettering on the jersey. Nailed it. 

LA LAKERS – They didn’t change anything, but they got the gold swoosh, so they didn’t have to. Their uniform says it all. “We’re the champs, now try and beat us.” They made a statement without making a statement.

Cliff Gibson is a 20-year journalism professional and Navy veteran living in Pierce County, Washington. Follow him on Twitter @cliffcgibson.

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6 comments

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

taylor.bartle@gmail.com March 11, 2021 - 7:01 PM

The Jazz have used green and yellow since the 80s. It irked me then and it irks me now.

Also no love for the Nets’ subway jerseys??

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