Ranking the 2019-20 NBA City Edition Uniforms

Ranking the 2019-20 NBA City Edition Uniforms

I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed with the City Edition designs for 2019-20. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly a few that nailed their themes and rightfully earned their rankings … and there are definitely a handful that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what the heck were they thinking?

Let’s get to the rankings, shall we?

30. Dallas Mavericks
Normally when a team drops new gear and the majority dislikes it, you’re still able to find people/fans who appreciate the angle and approach. I’ve been searching through replies and it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack for any positive comments.

29. Memphis Grizzlies
Apparently, the Grizzlies won’t even have a City Edition this season ... but nothing is still better than whatever Dallas did. Sorry, Mavs.

28. Milwaukee Bucks
They came. They attempted. They failed. I was today years old when I found out Milwaukee was referred to as “Cream City.” All because of bricks?

27. Boston Celtics
I’d say I’m sorry for Boston fans for having to look at these uniforms on the court a handful of times throughout the season, but it’s Boston so ... never mind. Pretty sure 99 percent of all NBA fans can agree on this one. These are terrible.

26. Detroit Pistons
The inspiration was supposed to be pulled from the muscle car heritage of the Motor City, but in reality it just kind of looks like Barcelona's jersey.

25. San Antonio Spurs
… these are ranked so low just because I still can’t see them to make a judgement call. (Get it? Camo joke.)

24. Chicago Bulls
The design of the uniform itself is OK but this pale blue is really throwing me off. I saw a comment that called it, “The Bulls gender reveal uniforms.” Do what you want with that information.

23. Charlotte Hornets
No time for groufits this season, although the purple makes a bold statement against it.

22. Houston Rockets
The Rockets drew inspiration from NASA but I wouldn’t say these are out of this world or anything.

21. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers basically used the same design from their 2017-18 season but adjusted the colors. It’s nothing new and exciting but the overall look is still solid.

20. Sacramento Kings
They’re not good, they’re not bad … they’re just meh. Their hype video, however, is pretty cool.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves
These definitely look like a missed opportunity. Sometimes a simple approach comes off as boring and that is certainly the case this time around. In the replies to the initial reveal post, I saw someone post a picture of white bread to describe the uniforms … accurate.

18. Golden State Warriors
These could’ve been a little more creative — the shorts are nice with the detailing of the Golden Gate Bridge, but I’m sure they’re more worried about what’s going on on the court rather than what they’re wearing.

17. New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans seem to be recycling their City Editions from last season which have the colors of Mardi Gras. There is a ton of potential with a theme like this but again are taking the simple route. Have some fun next time, Pelicans!

16. New York Knicks
It looks like the Knicks are also recycling their look from last season which features alternating blue and orange stripes representing the New York skyline.

15. Washington Wizards
Lots of mixed reviews for the Wizards’ City Edition. Fans have either absolutely loved them or would rather go without a City Edition than have this one … there is no in between.

14. Los Angeles Lakers
Nothing really stands out from these jerseys, except for the fact they were designed by Shaq and they went back to that classic gold-like color rather than the bright yellow currently being used.

13. Brooklyn Nets
This design was great with the black uniforms and looks just as nice with the white. Thought it was going to finally be the season where the front says “Nets” rather than “Bed-Stuy” or their usual “Brooklyn” though. Maybe next year.https://twitter.com/BrooklynNets/status/1197676066703368192?s=20

12. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have one clean jersey for their City Editions this season. They pulled classic elements from their original uniforms from 1995 — but modernized it with the color scheme.

11. Utah Jazz
Jazz are going with the same City Editions they’ve used the past few seasons. It was announced that this would be the final time the team would wear these popular jerseys but if they’re so widely liked, why not add these to their rotation and create a new jersey instead? Maybe that’s just me.

10. Orlando Magic
The Magic have themselves a pretty nice jersey representing the city of Orlando. Maybe it’s because they revealed it with Mickey Mouse, maybe it’s because orange is my favorite color — but these get an A in my book.

9. Portland Trail Blazers
Portland found a way to combine its first two uniforms, add some modernization to it and create an epic jersey.

8. Miami Heat
Still waiting for any kind of official release for the Heat but if they go the Vice route like they did last year, it’s already a win. This video of the alleged City Editions was leaked back in October but they’re most likely it. We’ll find out soon enough — since they’re supposed to debut Nov. 29 when they play Golden State.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder went above and beyond this season with their inspiration for their uniforms — honoring those who lost their lives in the OKC Bombing 25 years ago. What stood out the most was what the organization did a few weeks back with them. Class act through and through.

6. Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers are lucky to have so many iconic and historic pieces to gather inspiration for their City Editions. The past three seasons have gone from The Declaration of Independence to Rocky and now The Liberty Bell. A nice classic look with the added touch of the gold stripe down the side.

5. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks nailed their unis this season. The contrast of colors from black to peach really makes the lettering stand out in a good way. The black signifies strength and the peach spirit renewal. Definitely worth reading into.

4. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers easily have the best jersey in California. The team brought in a local artist who designed the look — going with Old English lettering.

3. Phoenix Suns
The Suns hit it out of the park with this one. The colors pop next to the black threads and while the jersey itself may come off as simple, the shorts add an extra element that boosted it in the rankings.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs might not end this season with a ton of wins but one of them certainly goes to this jersey. Between the color scheme, hashes on the side and nod to the classic logo, there’s a lot of things to love.

1. Denver Nuggets
Denver is one of the few teams that really embraced everything about its city for its unis. While it pulled from the team’s classic Rainbow Skyline uniform that was mainly worn in the 80s, it was still modernized to fit the advancement of the Mile High City.

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Brett Brown is willing to tinker as he figures out Sixers' offense, reintegrates Joel Embiid

Brett Brown is willing to tinker as he figures out Sixers' offense, reintegrates Joel Embiid

CAMDEN, N.J. — It’s difficult to glean much of value in a basketball sense from a night that was far more about honoring Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash than about the Sixers’ winning a game.

As far as the Sixers’ 2019-20 season is concerned, though, Joel Embiid returning to play after missing the past nine games because of a torn ligament in the ring finger of his left hand was significant.

Brett Brown said Wednesday that the topic of reintegrating Embiid offensively was “what’s most on my mind.” The Sixers went 6-3 without Embiid, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Warriors, though they had a 104.8 offensive rating during that stretch, 28th in the NBA. 

“I like our defense,” Brown said. “I like our spirit. This side of it we hope to grow and get it right.”

Brown had pointed out to the court on Jan. 5 and proclaimed, “This is Joel Embiid’s paint.” While it sounds like that overriding principle hasn’t changed, he seems willing to tinker offensively as he works to best accommodate Embiid, Ben Simmons and his entire team. Simmons was excellent in the absence of Embiid, averaging 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists. 

I mean, how can it not?” Brown said of whether the paint was still Embiid’s. “Does it have to be 100 percent of the time? No. We have so many capable post-up players. Go to the second play of the game … you're going to see Joel I think have D'Angelo [Russell] on him … and Ben had Draymond [Green], and Ben had a duck in and could have got it, and Joel was over on the up wing. And Ben looked at it and relinquished it, and Jo sort of went down, sort of to that Malone line, not a deep post catch. 

"So, it's still there, this thing that we're talking about, this spatial thing. … Your question is about the paint. Of course, that's Joel's. That's where his bread is buttered. Last night, I'm bringing him more to an elbow. We can see he's probably easier to go double team at that floor spot. Improving his passing is always on my mind. And so you'll see me bring him up a little bit more to an elbow and play out of that environment as well, but he obviously is our most capable post scorer.

As Brown noted, the Sixers turned to a two-man game Wednesday with Embiid at the elbow and Furkan Korkmaz working around him over and over in the second half. The Sixers have named it “JJ”, Brown said with a smile, for obvious reasons. That action with Embiid and JJ Redick was a staple of the Sixers’ offense over the last two seasons.

Though Brown liked what he saw from that look, he admitted he’s still experimenting offensively.

“We're still playing with stuff and I'm still happy to play with stuff for the next [seven games] before the All-Star break,” he said. “We got Jo back and then at some point you put your hand up and say enough's enough. We got it and we're close.

“If you made me break down how I see the world offensively, I could honestly tell you, ‘I don't like it. We need work. This is on track. This is completely on track. We'll keep it until the playoffs unfold.’ That's how I see it with Joel moving forward as it relates to him coming back in and some of the offensive things we learned from that old group.”

Scott and Horford questionable vs. Hawks 

Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Mike Scott (right knee soreness) are questionable for Thursday night’s game in Atlanta.

The Sixers are 4-0 this season without Horford. Scott hasn’t missed a game yet this year. 

Embiid had 36 points and 13 rebounds on Oct. 28 in the Sixers’ first game of the season against the Hawks, making the game-winning free throws with 5.3 seconds to go.

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Remembering Kobe Bryant's legendary reunion with his high school point guard

Remembering Kobe Bryant's legendary reunion with his high school point guard

Ideas for sports content are a bit like jump shots. Sometimes you’re Kevin Ollie and it’s brick city for days. Then once in a rare while an idea takes on a life of its own, the stars align, the hoop starts to look like an ocean, and you drop 81 and it’s a masterpiece.

That latter was the case for the segment The700Level Show did back in 2015 when Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game in Philadelphia against the Sixers.

We were lucky enough to have The Evster writing and working for the site. Evan was quite the baller in his day and was a point guard for Lower Merion back in the 90’s and teammates with Kobe during the future NBA legend’s junior year there.

It was a great idea to pair Kobe with his old high school point guard but if you’ve ever worked in the sports media world, you know you can absolutely never count on athletes to help deliver on any creative ideas you may be working on.

But you can always shoot your shot.

As you can see in the final product, Kobe and Ev’s relationship was real. The chemistry was still there decades later. All the planning and prep work in the world can’t produce that.

The final video is hilarious. It was one of those rare instances where the final product was even better than you could have hoped for.

Perhaps my favorite part of it all is similar to one my friend Ev will remember as well, “the fact that so many people said we were able to show a side of Kobe they’d never seen.”

Our thoughts go out to Ev and all of those affected by the tragic events in Calabasas.