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

Upsetting that for a place with as cool a nickname as “motor city,” this was the best they could do. The design is simplistic and clean, but it’s also incredibly dull.

25. Miami Heat

The Heat created perhaps the most iconic city edition uniform years ago with its first iteration of the vice jersey. In black with pink and blue accents, it was the best jersey out there. Then, Miami kept going back to the well and just did different color versions of the Vice uniforms. This year, though, the Heat turned an iconic jersey into a mess. Two-tone gradient is not a good look, regardless of how cool the initial idea is.

I get the intention with this jersey, it’s supposed to represent Philadelphia at night with the lights of Boathouse Row shining on. The thing is, though, the execution isn’t all that great. That coupled with the placement of the numbering and “Philadelphia” cluttering up the image of the houses, this is a tad bit messy.

The Clippers inverted their 2019 version of the city edition uniform and made it black. It looks sleeker than the white version, but the overall design is nothing special. 

Other than the “Oklahoma” across the chest, I’m not sure what this really says about the city or state. The city edition jersey that the Thunder released a couple of years ago that paid homage to the native tribes in Oklahoma was a far better representation than this.

There has got to be something more inspiring about the city of Orlando than oranges. I didn’t think it was possible to make pinstripes look bad, but something about the orange and the white doesn’t pop out. If this jersey was black with orange pinstripes, then it would look amazing, but as it stands, it’s just average.

The Kings combined elements from past uniforms to create this 2020-21 iteration, and it’s a clean look. It’s a nod to the days that the Kings were based in Kansas City with the baby blue and red accents, but it doesn’t speak to the city of Sacramento at all.

The gold is a nod to the 40th anniversary of the Mavericks franchise, while the wings on the trim of the jersey and shorts are, per Dallas’ press release, “a nod to the legend of the pegasus.” For those scratching their heads, there’s a giant neon-lit pegasus statue located in downtown Dallas. If that was the goal, then there were far better ways to incorporate the pegasus. However, this is a significant step up from the awful uniforms Dallas wore last year.

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