The Nike uniform era of the NBA has brought out creativity and homage like never before in the City Editions uniforms. Ahead of the fourth season with teams incorporating the City Edition uniforms into their roster, here is a list of the best uniforms that’ll make games even more interesting to watch in 2021.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The reigning champions will honor Elgin Baylor, a forward who played for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers, with a white and light blue combo. Baylor is the fourth player to be recognized following Kobe Bryant (2017-18), Magic Johnson (2018-19), and Shaquile O’Neal (2019-20) with their respective uniforms paying homage to their time with the Lakers.
This uniform breaks away from the traditional purple and gold and gives some throwback vibes to the early Los Angeles days for the Lakers.
2. Golden State Warriors
It’s been a rough couple of years for the Golden State Warriors, from winning only 15 games last season to receiving backlash from abandoning their Oakland arena to one across the Bay Bridge. But their uniform for this season is trying to make up for their past by honoring it with the “Oakland Forever” uniform.
It was one of the first uniforms Steph Curry knew when he started his career in Oakland and will rep it once again in the Warriors’ new home. The navy blue uniform stands out against the orange trim and yellow letting for late 90’s throwback.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Pacers went for the throwback look and are easily one of, if not, the best uniforms for the upcoming season. The yellow pinstripes against the blue jersey bring back memories of a time the Pacers were one of the best teams in basketball. The timeless look is broken up by yellow side panels on the jersey and shorts.
4. Miami Heat
Miami Vice heats up the court with a loud color gradient of pink and teal to be the boldest uniform of the season. Miami Vice has long been a theme for the Heat since the inception of the City Edition uniform, and this iteration is the best one they’ve had. To top it off, with a node to the Latino community in the city, Miami is spelled in Spanish with an accent over the last ‘i.’
5. Phoenix Suns
The downtown Phoenix skyline stands out with the Suns’ purple and orange colors being the sunset. Dubbed ‘The Valley’ edition, this uniform honors the region that Suns reside in Arizona as one of the hottest cities to watch in the upcoming season following their 8-0 record in the bubble.
6. Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta will honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a uniform and corresponding court design. The solid black uniform is adorned with Dr. King’s initials across on the chest in white lettering and gold trim.
This uniform honors Dr. King’s legacy in the civil rights movement. No other uniform in the league carries the same significance as Hawks’ for the upcoming season.
6. Atlanta Hawks
American architect Daniel Burhman and his contribution to the city of Chicago will be honored by the Bulls with an ode to the style that influenced glamour. Burhman designed the city following a fire that burned it to the ground.
The black jerseys resemble the style of the 1920s with gold intersecting lines on the side panels and the lettering across the chest. This is one of the most elegant uniforms among the City Edition collections, but one that can only be specific to the city of Chicago.