Ranking the NBA's City Edition jerseys: Top five and bottom five
The NBA has now unveiled all 28 new city edition jerseys for the 2018-19 season (the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs are running back their looks from last season). Which teams hit home runs this season and which swung and missed? NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg ranks his five best -- and five worst -- city edition jerseys:
TOP FIVE: HEAT
These Miami Vice-inspired jerseys are perfection. They embody the spirit of the city while affording a unique color scheme. Heat fans canpair these with their favorite white linen blazer and crank "Crockett’s Theme” while arriving an hour late to games.
TOP FIVE: T'WOLVES
🎵Only want to see you in these purple jerseys 🎵From the Purple Rain font on “Wolves," to the Prince-inspired numbering, these are an amazing tribute to a Minnesota music legend. The only reason Jimmy Butler is still in Minnesota is to play in these jerseys.
TOP FIVE: NUGGETS
The Nuggets' original rainbow skyline jerseys were phenomenal and this modern update might be even better. The black trim and bold lettering only makes the white mountains and rainbow stripes pop more. These are jerseys fit for a team off to a 9-2 start.
TOP FIVE: NETS
The Nets’ first city jerseys, a pin-striped number paying homage to the Brooklyn Bridge were terrible. These shirts? In the words of Biggie Smalls: "However living better now, Coogi sweater now.” These are a fantastic tribute to the Brooklyn rapper without going overboard and keeping the colors to the trim.
TOP FIVE: CAVALIERS
Maybe I’m in the minority here but I’m a sucker for the Cavaliers old-school blue/orange color scheme and the two-tone here is very well done. The blue is a nod to Lake Erie and the Cleveland font mimics the famous sign near the water. Unlike LeBron, let’s make sure these stick around in Cleveland.
BOTTOM FIVE: 76ERS
Throw the damn towel! Gray jerseys are always a risk (am i right, Celtics fans?) and while I love the idea of a Rocky tribute, these are a wild haymaker that doesn’t connect. Yo Adrian, get rid of these shirts.
BOTTOM FIVE: BUCKS
The MECCA throwback court utilized last season when the Celtics visited the Bucks? Awesome. These MECCA-inspired jerseys? Woof. It looks like they were going for a McDonald’s tribute with the red and yellow. Burn them.
BOTTOM FIVE: WIZARDS
It’s like the Wizards saw the Nets’ terrible Brooklyn Bridge jerseys from last year and though, ‘Hey, we could do worse!’ It’s a nice attempt to spotlight the Washington Monument but it doesn’t work. And “The District” had so much potential and it’s wasted on these boring and uninspired shirts.
BOTTOM FIVE: WARRIORS
Love the nod to Chinese heritage but one of the most creative and exciting teams in the league deserves better. The red and teal infusion in last year’s “The Bay” city jerseys was excellent and it makes this year’s version seem boring by comparison.
BOTTOM FIVE: SUNS
Described as "inspired by dusk in the Arizona desert” these jerseys are decidedly uninspired and not much of a departure from their typical threads. Yes, even the Suns jerseys are tanking this season.