76ers' Jersey Ranks 14th in ESPN's Uni Watch

The 76ers’ jersey has ranked 14th in ESPN’s Uni Watch. Ever since the Sixers left their classic jersey of the 80’s, fans have basically complained about the team’s jersey. Then the Sixers left the Red, White, and Blue scheme in the late 90’s and in came more complaints. I thought that those jerseys were ok. As in my previous post, I mentioned how that jersey helped make me a Sixers fan.

Anyway, here’s what ESPN had to say about the jersey:

Well, you certainly can’t accuse them of overdesigning it. In a perfect world, the Sixers would wear a classy stars-and-stripes treatment, but another team already beat them to that concept a few decades ago, and the Sixers’ own attempts at stars and stripes haven’t worked out so well, so their current minimalist approach is probably for the best. Not much juice, though.

So basically they say the jersey is mediocre; kinda like the Sixers’ basketball of the past ten years. Weird. So, since I’m a fan of the red, white, and blue, let’s look at the other teams on the list.

Wizards (6th):

The Bullets live again! OK, not quite, but this is a close enough facsimile. Kudos to owner Ted Leonsis for bringing back an updated version of the old striped design, and to the league and adidas for executing it so nicely. One of the better uni-related success stories of recent years.

Pistons (11th):

So many NBA teams these days are using these round-ish lettering fonts, and they all lack punch. The chest mark feels soft, inconsequential. Not an unattractive uniform, but not a memorable one either.

Hawks (20th):

The Hawks have featured a lot of audacious looks over the years, so it’s a shame to see them wearing something so uninspired. It’s safe, it’s inoffensive, it’s nothing to complain about — and it’s completely unmemorable.

Clippers (25th):

If ever a team needed a uniform overhaul, this is it. From the logo (which looks too much like the logo of that other NBA team in Los Angeles) to the characterless home and road scripts (look up “generic” in the dictionary and this is what you’ll see), everything here feels like it was picked up on the cheap at the discount store. Also, the odd collar design has the effect of making the little chest logo look like it’s sitting too low.

Nets (29th): ESPN is ranking the Net’s jersey of last season, which was red, white, and blue.

The Nets will unveil their new Brooklyn uniforms in September, and not a moment too soon. This ranking is based on last season’s set, which has to rank among the most uninspired designs ever to (dis)grace a basketball court. The new design is bound to be better.

See all 30 teams here. Do you like the Sixers’ current jersey? Wish they went back to the jersey of the 80’s? 90’s? Iverson era?

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