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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How Clippers reportedly landing Kawhi Leonard, Paul George impacts Sixers

How Clippers reportedly landing Kawhi Leonard, Paul George impacts Sixers

This has arguably been the craziest offseason in NBA history with so many stars changing places and shifting the balance of power.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more nuts, Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers said hold our beers.

In the wee hours Saturday, it was reported that the Finals MVP Leonard will sign a four-year max deal with the Clippers.

But wait, that’s not all …

L.A. also swung a deal for MVP finalist Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder “for a record-setting collection of draft choices,” per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes just a year after George signed a max deal with the Thunder.

So how does all this affect the Sixers? Well, good news, bad news.

The good news is that with Leonard out West and Kevin Durant likely not playing for the Nets this season, the Sixers have as good a chance as anyone to come out of the East. The bad news … well …

There are two legitimate juggernauts in the Western Conference with the pairings of Leonard and George and LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Lakers (see story). And let’s not forget about the Warriors or the Rockets, who’ve run things in the conference the last couple years.

There is a path for the Sixers to become the best team in the East, though.

The Bucks will still be tough with the league’s MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Despite losing Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee did well to bring back Brook Lopez and George Hill and sign guys like Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez. While it lacks the star power of others, it looks to be the deepest team in the league.

Brooklyn, though much more formidable than it was a year ago now with Kyrie Irving, will not quite be at the upper echelon of the conference with Durant’s Achilles injury and uncertain timetable. The Celtics are a bit of wild card. They signed Kemba Walker, who should flourish in Boston, but lost Irving, and more importantly Al Horford. The Raptors went on a historic run last season, but without Leonard, it’s difficult to see them repeating that journey. They’re still dangerous, but not quite like they were.

The Sixers still have plenty to sort out. Will the starting five feature enough shooting and scoring? Will Tobias Harris continue to improve and look more like the Clippers version? Will Horford and Joel Embiid be a good fit? And the most important question of all: Will Embiid and Ben Simmons be motivated by last year’s playoff defeat and make the necessary improvements to join the NBA’s elite?

With Leonard heading out to Hollywood, the East is truly up for grabs. The Sixers should have as good, if not better, chance than anyone to take it.

But beating one of the West teams in the Finals? That would be a tall order.

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2019 NBA free agency rumors: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler teaming up with Clippers 'increasingly possible,' per report

2019 NBA free agency rumors: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler teaming up with Clippers 'increasingly possible,' per report

There’s good news and bad news, Sixers fans.

The good news is that Kawhi Leonard is reportedly “interested” in teaming up with Jimmy Butler. The bad news is it wouldn’t be with the Sixers.

The idea of Leonard and Butler joining forces on the Los Angeles Clippers is “increasingly possible,” per the Athletic’s Sam Amick.

The Clippers would have to move the contract of Danilo Gallinari, who has just one more season left on his deal at $22.6 million. That would open up two max slots for L.A. to sign both Leonard and Butler.

It actually does make sense for both players. Leonard would be back on the West Coast and playing for a likely Hall of Fame coach. Butler does have an affinity for Los Angeles and Glenn Rivers is the kind of coach that would seem to be able to foster a relationship with the four-time All-Star. Leonard and Butler would form a pretty formidable duo on the wings, especially on the defensive end.

Nothing has changed from the Sixers’ perspective. Amick notes that Butler is still a “priority” for the Sixers along with the Rockets, who are reportedly attempting to target Butler in a sign-and-trade. Despite Houston’s interest, the Sixers are still expected to be “aggressive” and feel “confident” in their ability to re-sign Butler and Tobias Harris.

It’s also fair to mention that none of the reports surrounding Butler have involved Butler’s desires or intentions — which seems to be a fairly big part of any of the aforementioned scenarios. 

NBA teams are allowed to start talking to free agents on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Sixers have an awful lot of work to do with just four players under contract plus first-round pick Matisse Thybulle and two-way player Shake Milton.

Stay tuned.

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