The last few years have seen the NBA release 30 new jerseys for each team called the “City Edition”—a jersey meant to represent a part of every franchise’s city in a unique way. Well, some succeed more than others.
The newest batch of 30 jerseys have to be ranked, especially if you’re deciding which ones to buy.
Some good teams got great jerseys, some bad teams got good jerseys…and some bad teams got even worse jerseys.
What sets apart the best and worst jerseys? It’s a combination of fresh, new idea and execution. There are some in here that are well executed but make zero distinction from past entries (some from other clubs). Also, there are great ideas that are very flawed in execution.
Here are all 30 NBA City Edition jerseys, ranked.
30 Minnesota Timberwolves
The issue here might rest in the fact that there were some leaks and this specific jersey doesn’t match it all, resulting in toyed relations.
29. New Orleans Pelicans
Passionate. Resilient. Unparalleled.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 13, 2020
What even is this? Terrible. Awful. The Pistons made this with clip art in an attempt to relate to the French Quarter of New Orleans. There’s nothing to see here.
28. Detroit Pistons
A motor that won't quit. pic.twitter.com/CqujFPHfZu
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 20, 2020
Another disgrace. What was even the point of this design? It’s circular text around a number (the franchise’s already existing font). Perhaps Blake Griffin won’t have to wear this jersey for long, though.
27. Cleveland Cavaliers
Esta é a camisa City Edition do CLEVELAND CAVALIERS.
O "rock and roll", termo que surgiu em Cleveland, é o tema do uniforme. A cidade revelou muitos artistas importantes, como Tracy Chapman.
Chama atenção a customização dos números e do logotipo da Nike. pic.twitter.com/xAF5HjWtpF
— Camisas da NBA (@camisasdanba) November 29, 2020
A very good example here of interesting concept with poor execution. The Cavs tried to go with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inspired jersey, but their City Edition just looks like random clippings from different magazines strewn together. Better luck next time, Cleveland.
26. Washington Wizards
Leaked Washington Wizards City Edition jerseys for the 2020-21 NBA season.
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) October 31, 2020
This is the opposite of clean. They look an almost matted gray color for the majority of the jersey and gave it standard issue stars and stripes on the sides—something we’ve seen before from the Wizards’ wardrobe. Go back to the drawing board, D.C.
25. Oklahoma City Thunder
Passion. Pride. Innovation.
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐎𝐤𝐥𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐚.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) November 16, 2020
What I really dislike about this one is how much I enjoy the stock car racing theme and the numbering looks great. However, the multiple patterns intersected by “Oklahoma” really makes the rebuilding Thunder’s City Edition jersey look overly complicated and tough to look at. Try one or two of the patterns and better synchronicity between the team name or location and get back to work.
24. New York Knicks
Knicks new City Edition Jersey. 🤨
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 31, 2020
No idea what happened here, it looks like this was white or gray and went through the wash with something orange and blue, thus staining or tie-dyeing the jersey. The Knicks need a better basketball team and better alternate jerseys, because they do possess solid standard home/away uniforms. Another circle? We’ve seen that before.
23. Milwaukee Bucks
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 1, 2020
Uh, the colors look nice. Not much else going here for Milwaukee.
22. Dallas Mavericks
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 24, 2020
Admittedly, these are pretty clean, but there’s no history behind the look other than another white jersey for the Mavs and some accented gold on the lettering. There could be a lot more here that was just left out in favor of a clean white look.
21. Brooklyn Nets
— Uncommon Jerseys (@UncommonJerseys) October 28, 2020
One of the better concepts introduced with the City Edition jerseys this year, but the Nets fell a little flat. The Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired fit will be worn by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but the Nets saw better mileage out of the Notorious B.I.G. one.
20. Utah Jazz
details 📸 pic.twitter.com/Xld6NVavZh
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) November 23, 2020
These are fine, but they don’t draw a big enough distinction from the Jazz’s previous multi-tiered and colored jersey.
19. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets 2021 “City” jerseys have been revealed, via @camisasdanba.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) November 30, 2020
James Harden may really want to leave the Rockets if they attempt to take the hardwood with these. All things considered, they’re fine, but just look like a cool blue version of the existing “H-Town” jersey.
18. Philadelphia 76ers
76ers’ new City Edition jerseys 👀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 10, 2020
Ben Simmons reportedly designed this one himself and it has us wondering if, like his shooting form, he doesn’t know whether to draw with his right or left hand.
Anyway, the concept is pretty cool and the high number above the city is a throwback and risky move for a 21st century jersey. It’s pretty cool although it could have been executed better.
17. Denver Nuggets
These are just Jazz jerseys we’ve seen before, nothing new from the Nuggets, but nonetheless they are rather rad.
16. Boston Celtics
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 20, 2020
Another one of the better concepts in the batch this year, Boston’s City Edition jersey pays homage the many banners hanging inside the TD Garden. The color(s) is rather boring, though, which is not unpredictable coming from the Celtics.
15. Sacramento Kings
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 9, 2020
Pretty good from the Kings, who boast already one of the richer colors for their normal jersey, purple, but this time combine some Rochester Royals-inspired fits with the City Edition one.
14. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are bringing back the pinstripes for their 2020-21 'City' jersey 🔥
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) December 1, 2020
These are direct throwbacks to the 1990s Reggie Miller era Pacers jerseys with an updated facelift in a bright blue color behind the pinstripes. If this was a little more unique than a throwback, it’d get a better ranking.
13. Orlando Magic
The Magic dropped some new threads too 🍊 👀
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 10, 2020
This is a great jersey from the Magic, who offer another pinstripe entry for this season. The orange sets it apart from most pinstripe jerseys.
12. Toronto Raptors
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2020
Nothing too crazy from the (Tampa) Raptors, but it’s a great pairing with the gold and raptor clawed shorts. This will work well.
11. Los Angeles Lakers
What do you think about the Lakers city jersey’s for the upcoming season? 👀 pic.twitter.com/sRlaOu1pZe
— Lakers Empire (@LakersEmpire) October 31, 2020
The Lakers throw back to the Minneapolis days with a inverse colorway here. It’s very clean.
10. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns City Edition Jersey is 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/pLgDgfGHB5
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 29, 2020
The pixelated, colorful art mixed with the “Valley” nickname works very well here for the new-look Suns.
9. Los Angeles Clippers
The LA Clippers are running it back in their City Edition jerseys, but going with black jersey and white font this season.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) December 1, 2020
Sensing a theme with baseline black jerseys working well? The Clippers pull ahead of two division rivals on this list by reversing the colorway of last year’s City Edition jersey. This could be hire if it was a radical departure but ultimately it’s the same as last year’s.
8. Chicago Bulls
A jersey honoring the best city in the world. pic.twitter.com/ESq3o2pjBL
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 13, 2020
These are great and theater-inspired by the Bulls, who show off the little-discussed glitz and glamor that Chicago possesses.
7. Atlanta Hawks
That Black, Gold and White is just 🔥
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 28, 2020
The Hawks boast this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.-inspired fit with gold trimming. It’s a tasteful display with cool lettering.
6. Charlotte Hornets
Here is the new Charlotte Hornets City Edition uniforms that’ll be worn
during the 2020-21 NBA season. pic.twitter.com/KMJk6QS5P0
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) November 11, 2020
These are serious heat and win the unofficial pinstripe competition by the NBA’s jersey entries. The teal with gold and black pinstripes really pop out but don’t overshadow the main teal.
5. Golden State Warriors
Oakland is and will always be a part of our team’s identity.
“Oakland Forever," presented by @Rakuten, is a nod to the We Believe era and its turning point in Oakland’s basketball history.
To honor the Town, we partnered with Nike to put a spin on these classic uniforms. pic.twitter.com/d7nUAJLbzM
This is a combination of new design with throwback appeal. The Warriors, a year ago moving to San Francisco, pay tribute to Oakland with bright colors and the main color of the jersey and shorts boasting an understated navy blue.
4. San Antonio Spurs
Old School. New Style. Still Pants Optional.
— Coyote (@SpursCoyote) November 13, 2020
This is another tribute with a facelift. The Spurs break out their “Fiesta” style with a script city name on a black jersey with white numbers and that festive neon/pink/orange stripe across the chest and up and down the legs.
3. Miami Heat
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 1, 2020
Have the Heat ever worn a bad jersey? Probably not. This City Edition “Vice” jersey is incredible, combining bright colors with the iconic “Miami” stylized text.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
shut your mouth 😎🙅♂️ pic.twitter.com/ooMHkZu4dq
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 24, 2020
The Grizzlies point blank have the best rotation of jerseys in the NBA right now. The developing team is going to look very fresh in this black-and-gold jersey with bright blue on the sides. Another fantastic concept and great execution. Everybody should look forward to rocking these.
1. Portland Trail Blazers
The lead design element is earth tone colors, representing the beautiful landscape of Oregon.
Brown! As No. 1! Who could believe?
The Blazers’ new City Edition jersey is everything from clean design to bright colors to tying back to their environment. It’s fantastic.