Sorry for the break, but we are back with another NBA uniform matchup ranking. Today brings us six games. Thankfully, a vast majority of the games are good, but there is one outlier that will be discussed shortly. As always, all image credits go to Lockervision. And let’s get started with number six.
6-Raptors at Pelicans
Yep, still don’t like these Pelicans uniforms. I still can’t get over how they went from one of the league’s best red uniforms to one of the, if not the, worst. They downgraded to blue numbers. They downgraded to ‘Crescent City.’ They downgraded the striping. It’s so egregious that it makes Toronto look like a great NBA uniform in comparison. I’ve said my piece on how I am not the biggest fan of these jerseys. I understand why they’re iconic, as they won a title in alternates that looked just like this. But iconic does not always equal good. At least they’re passable uniforms though.
5-Clippers at Hawks
This is where the fun begins. No, not with LA, although I don’t hate these jerseys as much as most. But with the uniforms I actually despised when they were first released back in 2020. Over the last three-and-a-half seasons, though, I’ve actually grown quite fond of Atlanta’s whole main set. Could this one use more red? Yeah, but that doesn’t make this jersey any less awesome. Match it up against a better white uniform and it shoots up this ranking.
4-Kings at Cavaliers
The Cavaliers are frustrating, I love their color scheme, logo, and basic idea of their jerseys, but they are just too empty. This game should absolutely be higher, what with it being the coveted home vs away uniform matchup. And Sacramento brings their best with an awesome Icon set. But I can’t move this game any higher because I can’t fully get behind what the Cavaliers are putting out there.
3-Warriors at Nets
Hear me out. I know I just dogged on Cleveland for being too basic, but I actually kind of like when Brooklyn does it. It’s become their thing to have the most generic uniforms you can imagine, only for their alternates to be completely bonkers. And, of course, when they match up against the modern classic that is these Warriors uniforms, you get a more than passable viewing experience.
2-Mavericks at 76ers
I will still beat the drum that I am team “rebrand” when it comes to the Mavericks and their uniforms. Just take any of the past few seasons’ great city jerseys and build a whole set around that to finally bring the Mavs into modernity. Or, better yet, take the statement uniforms from a few years ago, maybe add some green, and build a set around that.
With what they have today, it takes an absolutely awesome opposing uniform to get them high in one of my rankings. Fortunately, that’s what we have today. I adore these 76ers uniforms, as they can have a great matchup against seemingly any uniform. This is not going to top any end of season rankings, but it almost topped today’s.
1-Lakers at Hornets
In a day with some really good matchups, this one reigns supreme. It would be even better with the normal Charlotte teal jersey sans ‘Buzz City,’ but I can’t dock this game too much. The teal vs yellow is great, and the accent color matchup of purple vs mint is also pretty awesome. All in all, this game delivers a fantastic punch that feels both modern and classic. Definitely today’s top game.