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8/27/2007 12:17:00 PM

Five Worst NBA Uniforms

Shawn Kemp.
Do these Cavaliers uniforms remind you of Microsoft Word?
Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com

The FIBA Tournament of the Americas is currently taking place out in Las Vegas, though it's not the easiest hoops tourney to follow -- box scores are hidden all over the interwebs and the games are airing on a smorgasbord of television networks. So we don't blame you if you might have missed a game or two. We will blame you, however, if you like the jerseys Argentina is currently wearing. Predominantly baby blue, the jerseys appear to have been created by Jackson Pollock with the help of a bicycle wheel. But where would these uniforms rank among the worst NBA uniforms of all-time? Here's our top (well, bottom) five...

1. New Jersey Nets (1990-91): Best as I can tell, the Nets only wore these tie-dyed jerseys for one season (the Nets have wisely erased any memory from their Web site, and I couldn't find any visual evidence despite the powers of Google). But if any uniform inspired the garb of Argentina, it was probably these tie-dye-esque uniforms, which more accurately resembled stone-washed denim.

2. Philadelphia 76ers (1991-94): The Sixers Web site generously refers to these uniforms as "a departure from the classic Sixers uniform." Charles Barkley famously said that they looked like his daughter designed them with a crayon. As usual, The Chuckster is correct.

3. Detroit Pistons teal uniforms: After winning a few titles with the Bad Boys, the Pistons decided to shake things up and slightly alter their color scheme, changing the royal blue to a cringe-worthy teal. Probably not a coincidence that they finally won another title after going back to their more familiar red-and-blue.

4. Vancouver Grizzlies: Often overlooked, these uniforms were prominently a light shade of teal with all sorts of strange trim, plus logos all over the place. It doesn't help when they're being modeled by Bryant Reeves.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-99): Sometimes you don't what you got 'til it's gone. Such was the case in Cleveland, where the striking all-orange uniforms of the '80s and '90s were replaced with black, blue and orange uniforms that looked as though they were designed using the graphics toolbox in Microsoft Word.

Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
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Posted: August 27, 2007 3:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Here's a graphic representation of that Nets jersey you wrote about...

Posted: August 27, 2007 3:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
wasnt that hard to find a pics of the nets. here you go

Posted: August 27, 2007 3:36 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Even though they weren't full time jerseys, the Dallas Maverick alternate jersey that P. Diddy created were awful. Not unlike P Diddy now.
Posted: August 27, 2007 5:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
dude...what about the denver nuggets jersey from 2002...the playoff jerseys
Posted: August 27, 2007 5:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The conversation starts and stops with the post-championship Houston Rockets. Stripes and a cartoon rocket that looked more like a smiling shark.
Posted: August 27, 2007 8:49 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the Nuggets uniform of the '80's? Those were hideous.
Posted: August 27, 2007 11:18 PM   by Anonymous Ryno
I would have taken any of the 5 you mentioned over the Houston Rockets 4-5 years of wearing pajamas to play ball in. Like the team wasn't boring enough watching Francis & Mobley try to take on the NBA one-on-one. Actually, the current red/white Rockets uniforms are the only ones that are nice. Even the championship years of red/gold are hard on the eyes.
Posted: August 28, 2007 1:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the Mavericks silver uniforms
Posted: August 28, 2007 4:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about the current Wizards alternate that thing stinks.
Posted: August 28, 2007 9:31 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
New Jersey Nets 1990-91 jerseys:


Posted: August 28, 2007 9:55 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Better pic of Nets uni in action http://www.grandstandsports.com/images/2597.jpg
Posted: August 28, 2007 11:37 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Everyone seems to be sticking to the recent past of the NBA. What about the 1970-72 Atlanta Hawks uniforms? A hideous matching of blue and green:

Posted: August 28, 2007 12:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Atlanta Hawks in the Mid 90's. with the wings. horrible
Posted: August 28, 2007 12:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about those uniforms that the Mavs wore one time that were baby-poop brown? Those were the worst of all time. Now, if we could just discuss some of the current NFL uniforms. . .Looks like a bunch of JV squads with those mis-matched black shoes. . .Yuck!
Posted: August 28, 2007 1:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Wizards gold uniforms. I saw Ethan Thomas (with his long hair) as I was flipping though channels one night and thought it was womens basketball.
Agree with those who mentioned the Rockets hideous late 90's gear: http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0297/images/maloney.jpg

You telling me that's not the worst crap ever?
Posted: August 28, 2007 1:29 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I'm not too big on the alternate yellow Hawks jersey, either.

Posted: August 28, 2007 1:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Here is a real pic of that funky Nets jersey. http://www.cardboardmemories.com/mdetail.asp?ID=2769
Posted: August 28, 2007 1:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
what about the nuggets rainbow city uniforms...and the first raptors jersey
Posted: August 28, 2007 1:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
the original raptors jersey with the dinosaur on it was the worst that i've ever seen.
Posted: August 28, 2007 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Those Nets jersey's aren't that bad. They're way better than the bland ones they have now.

Bring back the lighter blue color.
Posted: August 28, 2007 2:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
you're outta your mind...those Tie-Die Nets uniforms were so cool...take that one off the list and put those horrendous Rockets uniforms up.
I'm going to have to go with my home team Raptors on this one an their horrendous big-red-dinosaur on purple jerseys from their mid-90s inception:


Sadly this is what you end up with when you let fans (or future fans, rather) vote for the team's name shortly after the success of Jurrasic Park.
Posted: August 28, 2007 5:53 PM   by Anonymous johnjack
Posted: August 28, 2007 8:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Sorry...this rainbowy Nuggets uniform has to top them all.

Posted: August 28, 2007 8:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Look at these awful rainbow Denver Nuggets uniforms
WOW !! After reading your list, you have lost all credibility to compile such a list simply by your omissions. How could you leave of the worst uniforms in the history of the NBA: Denver Nuggets uniforms from the 80's.
Posted: August 28, 2007 11:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
how about the bobcats orange unis? Bob johnson's 4 year old daughter picked them out
Posted: August 29, 2007 12:00 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Nets tie-dyes were cool...the grotesque Rockets uniforms from 1996 or so were the worst ever.
Posted: August 29, 2007 1:12 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Pistol Pete era Hawks jersey doesn't make the grade eh?
Posted: August 29, 2007 4:35 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How could you dismiss the current two-tone Wizards uniform? It's easily the worst uniform in any sport, all-time.
Posted: August 29, 2007 9:40 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I don't know if this qualifies as an ugly ubniform...But during the 1980s The Sacramento Kings went with a pretty ridiculous look. They put the last name of each player UNDERNEATH the number on the back of the jersey. Their uniforms couldn't have looked any more absurd.
Posted: August 29, 2007 12:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The New York Knicks currently have the league's worst uniforms especially with the black trim they added in the 90's. Time to get outta of the 60's Knicks and get a new uniform and team logo especially with the team your fielding these days
Posted: August 29, 2007 12:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
What about those terrible lime green Atlanta Hawks uniforms?
Last season's (2006-07) Gold & Black Wizards Jerseys need to be on this list.

Posted: August 29, 2007 11:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
from da boy vince

5.Nets tie dye
4.Wizards gold
3.Raptors dino
2.Rockets whatever it was
1.Nugetts rainbow

Posted: September 11, 2007 10:43 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
what about the Mavericks jerseys a few years ago that were grey with glitter all over them. Cuban tried to have some fashion designer make the uni's and she made some sequined shimmering grey smock
Posted: September 12, 2007 6:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous

Mavs silver uni
Posted: September 14, 2007 11:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Argentina one is that colour, as that is the colour of their flag, ie light blue and white. So its kind of logical, and all their other sporting teams also wear this colour scheme. Its better than some of the others.
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