Top 10 76ers uniforms in franchise history
We love some red, white, and blue unis
Red, white and blue has never looked better than it does in Philadelphia, the nation’s first capital and the birthplace of American democracy. The Philadelphia 76ers (never the “Philadelphia Sixers” or the “76ers”) couldn’t be a more perfect name for this city’s basketball team. With the 4th of July coming, let’s take a stroll down memory lane with a look at the best uniforms in franchise history so you can find the best throwback jersey to wear to your cookout or kickback this weekend.
10. 2008-2009 Alternate (Red)
A nostalgic pick for my early teenage years, sure, but these combined my favorite parts of the Allen Iverson-era jerseys (shooting star basketball and cartoony font) with classic components of the franchise’s past (PHILA across the front, return to red uniforms). These felt like the best of both worlds!
9. 2019 City Edition (Grey)
Philadelphia is the sweatpants capital of the world. Nothing encapsulates the city quite like Joel Embiid looking like he’s draped in a streetwear sweatsuit. Those shorts look like the most comfortable thing on the planet too.
(image courtesy the Sixers)
8. 1992-1994 Road (Red)
I’m sure people at the time hated them, but the wild shooting stars make for the perfect kitschy, over-the-top, retro ‘90s jerseys now. Count me in for Nike doing a fresh update on these as one of the Sixers’ alternate uniforms in the near future.
7. 2018 City Edition (Cream)
The most 4th of July-ready of any Sixers uniform set, the team’s first City Edition jerseys under the direction of Nike were a nod to the parchment the Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence on. They will always hold a special place in my heart, as the Sixers wore them during their first post-Process playoff run.
6. 1966 Home (White and Red)
The two-tone jersey feels simultaneously futuristic and something an Indiana high school basketball team would wear in the ‘50s. It’s unique. The “PHILA” branding of the ‘60s is so influential on the team’s current threads as well. It doesn’t hurt that 1966 was Wilt Chamberlain’s first full season as a Sixer either.
The Sixers wore these as throwbacks during the Eric Snow era.
5. 1995-1997 Home (White)
Trying to scale it back the grandeur of their early-’90s uniforms, the Sixers went for a mix of classic ‘70s and ‘80s styles that Iverson wore in his first two seasons in Philly. It worked. These jerseys will be shown on highlights forever too, as a rookie Iverson famously crossed over Michael Jordan and hit a pull-up jumper in them.
4. 2001-2007 Road (Black)
When you think of Iverson, you think of him stepping over Tyronne Lue with the utmost disrespect in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iconic. Sacrilegious to some old heads, but an era-defining jersey for Sixers fans who came of age during Iverson’s unforgettable run in Philly red, white and blue (and black, silver and gold).
3. 1979-1991 Road Uniforms (Red)
Worn during the most successful period in team history, these uniforms just make you want to say, “Fo, Fo, Fo.” They’re not as loud as the ‘70s sets that preceded them or the ‘90s ones that came after, but the simplistic look was perfect during an era when the franchise’s talent was overwhelming
2. 2018-Present Association Edition (White)
So fresh and so clean. An homage to my top-ranked uniform set, the current Association jerseys are modern-minimalist while also incorporating the iconic elements of the franchise’s history. I was unsure of the red drop shadow at first, but now I couldn’t imagine the current Sixers without it. Am I going to end up buying an Al Horford version of this? Maybe!
1. 1977 Away (Blue)
The perfect jersey to ring in the Bicentennial. The stars down the sides of the jerseys are the best thing the franchise has ever done with their uniform. Pour one out for Chocolate Thunder himself, Darryl Dawkins.