Weeks after they were inadvertently leaked by NBA 2K18, Nike's NBA "City Edition" jerseys finally were released and put up for sale. According to the Nike site, there's a bit of lore behind every team's look, from the Clippers' San Diego roots to the Warriors' rich Chinese culture.
Some of the studs include the Bulls, Bucks and Kings, while a few of the duds are the Hawks, Cavaliers and Thunder. Every team seemed to draw from a different inspiration -- whether it was the 76ers' gorgeous look inspired by the Declaration of Independence or the Timberwolves embracing the fact that where they live is freezing, to cool effect -- and the result was a cornucopia of colors and looks. (The Heat, Knicks, Raptors and Rockets' city jerseys will be released at a later date and weren't included here.)
CBS Sports handed out grades for all 26 jerseys released -- with Jack Maloney taking the Eastern Conference teams and Kevin Skiver on the Western half. They're listed below alphabetically by city.
Leave it to the Hawks to get funky with their new jerseys. There is a lot going on here with the futuristic font, the highlighter-yellow-on-black color scheme and the triangle design down the side. Unfortunately, it's all a bit too much -- even with Jeezy as the one who debuted them. Overall, a disappointing effort.
What is up with trying to force a gray jersey upon the Celtics? They had the garish gray sleeved jerseys a few years ago, and now they have these new threads. Which are … fine? The parquet design paying homage to the iconic floor is a nice touch, but it's hard to see.
Interesting attempt to go with the homage to the Brooklyn Bridge, but you can barely see the wiring design, so not sure how that's going to play out on the court. Also, putting all of "Brooklyn Nets" across the chest is too much. Just "Brooklyn" would have been better.
This was a bold effort, and it worked out well. The teal and purple design down the side looks fantastic on the black jersey, and the font for "Buzz City" is a success. Also, being able to have the iconic "Jumpman" logo on their jerseys will always give Charlotte a boost.
Brilliant. This is such a clean look. The angled script font is great, and they perfectly executed the city aspect of this jersey by tying in the color scheme and design of the Chicago flag.
The Mavericks went with a relatively clean look. According to Nike, the neon piping was to "[reflect] the swagger of the Big D and the vibrancy of the Dallas nights." In reality, it looks like they wanted to go with a black jersey that also had Mavs' colors. It isn't necessarily bad, just a bit boring for a team with such a distinctive look.
The Nuggets have a neat design on their uniforms. The duel pickaxes enclosing a gold mountain pretty well encapsulates the team's look. It looks like Nike actually took a bit of a risk and added a logo on this uniform, and the logo looks really nice contrasting with the deep blue.
There's nothing really wrong with these, but they're pretty boring. Going with "Motor City" across the chest instead of "Detroit" or "Pistons" is a nice touch, but the font feels too small. Overall very forgettable.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have a history of paying homage to the Chinese culture in the Bay Area, and Nike's city choice for them is no different. Prosperity is on the shorts, and the chest logo combines the Golden Gate Bridge logo on the normal unis with a dragon over it. The blue and red piping add a cool accent to what isn't a great yellow – the most questionable design choice.
They definitely went for it with the Pacers' new look, trying to tie in the Indianapolis 500 and car racing aspect, but it was not a success. The checkerboard design should be on the side panels, and the number should be in the middle. Also, why is the number so dang big.