Ranking NBA ‘City’ uniforms for 2020-21 season: Here’s the best and worst jerseys from across the league

For the fourth-straight season, the NBA and Nike collaborated on ‘City’ edition jerseys for every team in the league. Since Nike took over as the official uniform partner for the league, some teams have really gotten creative with uniform designs, while others have simply taken the easy route. The ‘City’ edition uniform is intended to reflect the community that each team resides in. 

In years past, some franchises have knocked it out of the park, like when the Minnesota Timberwolves[1] pulled out a Prince tribute with their purple rain jersey, or the Miami Heat[2] introducing the most popular NBA[3] jersey in recent memory with their Vice uniforms. The league officially unveiled all 30 jerseys Thursday morning, though many teams already rolled them out on social media. Like previous iterations, the ‘City’ edition uniforms will be worn throughout the 2020-21 season, and the league also announced that some of them will be worn during the slate of Christmas Day games.

This year’s crop of city edition jerseys offered some unique options, as well as new twists on old classics. So, let’s rank all 30 jerseys and see which one stands out above the rest this year.

Pretty on the nose for the Wizards to — again — go with the stars and stripes, red, white and blue design. Washington opted to just change the main color from last season’s ‘City’ edition uniforms from white to grey. But with John Wall[4] just being traded for Russell Westbrook[5], the Wizards probably have a bit more on their minds than what I think of their jersey designs.

Yeah, no these are incredibly boring. I get the idea to use a championship banner as inspiration, but this isn’t it. There’s nothing unique that stands out about it. It also does nothing to speak to the city of Boston.

The Pelicans copy and pasted the New Orleans flag onto a jersey…groundbreaking.

The Knicks partnered with New York-based streetwear brand KITH to create these, and they’re a total dud. For a team in the league’s biggest market, and a city as diverse and historic as New York City, you’d think the Knicks could muster something a bit more creative.

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