Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International)

Traversing The Globe For The 15 Worst Basketball Jerseys Of All Time

2/23/09 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

The NBA All Star jerseys this year actually weren't too bad. They were a bit Star Wars-ish, but they were plain enough that the powers-that-be couldn't manage to ruin them. At least, they weren't anywhere near as bad as last year's version:



I'm not sure what's worse... The Old West-style script on the front, the gold back, or the fact that Tracy McGrady was an All Star last year, and is now one of the biggest pariahs in the league. But as hideous as those jerseys were, they couldn't even hold a candle to the ones from this year's Rookies vs Sophomores game.



The white Sophomores jerseys aren't terrible, but the Rookies definitely got the shaft on this one. Those purple polka dots/sunbursts are simply awful. Phoenix is definitely the place for the All Star jersey faux-pas. Check out these atrocities that they wore for the game back in 1994.



There should be a rule about cacti and basketball jerseys. The two should never, EVER mix. Anyway, enough with the All Star bashing, let's take a look at some of the worst basketball jerseys in the history of basketball.


15. Argentina National Team



It doesn't help to have someone like Manu Ginobili rocking them, but these "basketball" jerseys look like they really belong on the soccer pitch. And that's definitely no compliment. In fact, they are a bit reminiscent of...


14. Cleveland Cavaliers, circa 1999





Shawn Kemp's days with the Cavs were short, and were the last years that he was anything remotely close to a formidable player in the NBA. His downfall may have been attributed to his weight gain and off the court distractions (i.e., 47 illegitimate kids), but most likely, these uniforms put him in a deep depression, and rendered him useless on the court.


13. The University of Oregon





The Ducks are no stranger to hideous uniforms, in all sports. Their over-creativity and their Nike sponsorship has contributed to countless combinations of yellow, green, black and white. Unfortunately, many of those combinations are disgustingly ugly.


12. Chorale de Roanne (EuroLeague)



If this were a golf sweater, it would be excusable. In fact, it might even be considered pretty nice. But it's not. And someone actually tried to pass it off as a basketball jersey. That makes it pretty awful. Those Europeans have a... unique sense of style, to say the least.


11. Philadelphia 76ers, 1991-1994



Sir Charles makes his first appearance on the list with the 76ers. I'm not sure who told them that the stars were a good idea, but they were wrong. The fact that the stars continued on the shorts, but on the opposite side as the jersey, didn't make it any better.

10. The Short-Lived Vancouver Grizzlies



It's a good thing this team (in this location, at least) and these jerseys didn't last too long. Guys like Bryant Reeves didn't do them any favors, but they were inherently ugly, regardless.


9. Toronto Raptors, 1999





Back when Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady were not only teammates, but also excellent athletes with the ability to jump over anyone in the building, they had the misfortune of wearing these uniforms. The multi-colored "raptor-scratch" pinstripes, the awesomely bad cartoon raptor, and the spikes on the name tapes make these awful in so many ways, it's actually impressive.


8. Houston Rockets, 1995-2003





The Round Mound of Rebound makes another appearance, this time with the Rockets. Pinstripes work for the Yankees, but for the Rockets, it was a very bad idea. Simply turrible, really.


7. Utah Jazz, Mountains Edition





Purple jerseys never turn out well. Throw in some mountains, not only on the jerseys but also on the shorts, and it goes downhill from there, no pun intended.


6. Detroit Pistons, 1996-2000



It's obviously a bit unappealing to throw a picture of a piston on a jersey. So the Pistons, in their infinite wisdom, put a horse on their jerseys. I'll avoid the corny horsepower pun. To top it off, they made the jerseys and obnoxious teal color, to make sure that no one would ever want to wear it. Let's put "DP" on the shorts, too. We'll pretend it stands for "Detroit Pistons", but I think we all know... never mind.

5. Washington Wizards Current Alternate



Gold jerseys somehow don't pull off the regal look that the designers intended. Instead, it looks like... well, crap.


4. Syracuse Orangemen



The Orangemen live up to their name, if nothing else. While their uniforms are rather appropriate, and are an excellent representation of their team name, that doesn't change the fact that they are extremely ugly. Solid bright orange uniforms were not meant to be. And yet they still exist. Ouch.


3. Denver Nuggets, 1984-1992




These uniforms are legends in the "ugly uniform" class. I'm not sure that anyone will ever understand exactly how a rainbow skyline relates to the Denver Nuggets, but that didn't stop them from rocking these masterpieces for the better part of a decade.

The only thing with more random rainbow in it than these Nuggets uniforms? Larry Brown's old sweater from his ABA coaching days.




2. Melbourne (Australia) Tigers




The Melbourne Tigers clearly have a history of awful uniforms. From the completely random chinese writing on an Australian basketball jersey to tiger stripes down the side, they have shown a history of questionable (at best) uniform concepts.


1. New York Celtics, 1922




Yes, the New York Celtics. And no, that's not a misprint. There was a barnstorming pro team called the Celtics from New York (no affiliation to the current Boston Celtics) who donned the worst uniforms in history. The unis look a bit like women's clothing, and the kneepads... well, the kneepads only add to the ridiculousness. Sometimes, change is a VERY good thing.


BONUS ugliness: Consider these uniforms 1b: The hideous 1970s Marquette Golden Eagles jerseys. These things were so bad that after the 1971-'72 season the uniforms were outlawed, supposedly because they disoriented opposing players when Marquette players jumped up and down.




Which jerseys do you think are the ugliest of all time? Let us know.
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12/5/11   |   zahidh82

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6/26/11   |   martinvaughan

haha I think Stevie Nash is COMPLETELY confused by the checkerboard pattern. this uni is very effective in the half-court trap

6/26/11   |   martinvaughan

griff_griff wrote:
I agree on some of your picks.

but on others your just horribly wrong.

the raptors jerseys are sick.  I love those.  and the nugget ones are pretty cool too

yeah the Nuggets ones rock. The Sixers shooting star is also a classic vintage jersey

6/26/11   |   martinvaughan

yeah but look at Grant Hill get up

2/26/09   |   griff_griff

I agree on some of your picks.

but on others your just horribly wrong.

the raptors jerseys are sick.  I love those.  and the nugget ones are pretty cool too

2/24/09   |   EJ_Faner

I would have put the Nuggets on the top of the list though, but the kneepads sealed the deal for the Celtics..hehe
How about Asian uniforms? I thought this was a worldwide search? Make it more global man =)

2/24/09   |   RichmondSpider

Even Maravich couldn't make these look good...

2/23/09   |   triple_a



the charlotte bobcats nascar uniform

2/23/09   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

How can one hate on the Nugget unis of the 80's? I mean it's the Denver skyline and ROY G. BIV!

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

fourtime7 wrote:
can we  get the paces yellow and blue and the hawks yellow one on the list

sure.....while we are at it though why not branch this topic to not just basketball but other sports as well

2/23/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

can we  get the paces yellow and blue and the hawks yellow one on the list

2/23/09   |   jmcalvo1345

No "love" for my Bobcats and their all orange uni's?

2/23/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Great = Drazen. Not so Great  = Those Unis. 

2/23/09   |   snbslugger

Brendanc8504 wrote:
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Yeah I fixed it.  We'll see if it shows up right this time.

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

snbslugger wrote:
I submit to you the 1992-93 New Jersey Nets gradient uniforms.:



Rest in Peace, Drazen Petrovic.

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2/23/09   |   snbslugger

(Edited by snbslugger)

I submit to you the 1992-93 New Jersey Nets gradient uniforms.:



Rest in Peace, Drazen Petrovic.

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

streetballer123 wrote:
What's better than an ugly Western Conference Jersey? One with "McGrady" written on it.

you cant call an ace a spade. Ugly is ugly no matter which way you cut it

2/23/09   |   streetballer123   |   3334 respect

What's better than an ugly Western Conference Jersey? One with "McGrady" written on it.

2/23/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The red, yellow, and white mountains of the 84-92 Denver Nuggets are the worst jerseys ever

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

guylake wrote:
Here are two more uglies for your consideration:

Is this for the Hawks or Hawkwind?

and


Not sure what's uglier: the uniform or the man wearing it.

"you stay classy San Diego!"

2/23/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

(Edited by guylake)

Here are two more uglies for your consideration:

Is this for the Hawks or Hawkwind?

and


Not sure what's uglier: the uniform or the man wearing it.

2/23/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

What bothers me most about the Rockets pinstripes is that they had great uniforms before this. Why change? If you must change, why choose the stripes?

2/23/09   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

A) I love Oregon's jerseys.
B) I love the Wizard's atlernates.
C) Half of these aren't that bad.

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

lets be honest,

Any of those uni's from back in the day, I wouldnt be caught dead in. I dont know how much you had to pay guys to get them to wear shorts THAT SHORT and tight.

Lol imagine todays players running down the court with those uni's? Haha Shaq or KG for example!?

2/23/09   |   danny_n94   |   114 respect

I am so disappointed the Nuggets craptastick skyscapper uni's didnt get #1.

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

Superdeezie wrote:
http://www.nba.com/media/cavaliers/cavfanatic_jersey_175.jpg

Don't know how this didn't make it on the list. Truely an ugly, worthless uniform. I think LeBron gets tired of waring the same uniform all the time so he made sure they have about 30 of them to choose from. Blue???

ill give you props. those are pretty bad

2/23/09   |   Superdeezie

http://www.nba.com/media/cavaliers/cavfanatic_jersey_175.jpg

Don't know how this didn't make it on the list. Truely an ugly, worthless uniform. I think LeBron gets tired of waring the same uniform all the time so he made sure they have about 30 of them to choose from. Blue???

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

wrote:

University of Oregon, wins hands down in my opinion, both football and basketball. I believe they are trying to come up with the ugliest uniforms possible. For basketball they have a dark green jersey with the writing in black. you can barely see it.

yeah but celtics also have an alternate jersey which is dark green with black writing, so Oregon cant win because its not origional.

Plus.....did you see that argile jersey? I mean cmon it looks like a sock

2/23/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Those Phoenix All-Stat Cactus jerseys might be favorite of all time.  I love those.  I was hoping that they would use those again this year. 

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

is pete rose on the client list?

cause if so i dont want to get involved

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

renzijunk wrote:
Those aren't the Boston Celtics... They're called the Original Celtics, they're from New York, and they are not related to the team currently in Boston (they weren't even founded until 1946).

http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Original_Celtics


True story, wow i didnt catch that. good call.

Wikipedia confirms it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Celtics

The logo looks very similar to one of the celtics many logos of the celtics I know and love.

Makes me sick to think that a Basketball team known as the Celtics once resided in New York. That ruined my morning

2/23/09   |   snbslugger

Syracuse is trying to set a precedent for worst unis ever in all sports.  The hoops jerseys are crap and the football unis are just awful.

2/23/09   |   renzijunk

Those aren't the Boston Celtics... They're called the Original Celtics, they're from New York, and they are not related to the team currently in Boston (they weren't even founded until 1946).

http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Original_Celtics


2/23/09   |   danbrown51   |   3 respect

love the knee pads, it means that you are not a real man that you can not play without them.

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

Derrich wrote:
No doubt the Denver Nuggets skyscraper jerseys were the worst. My #2 vote goes to the early 90s Sixers jerseys. Poor Barkley got a run on crappy jersey teams.

Speaking of ugly Nuggets unis, check this one out: http://espn.go.com/media/pg2/2005/1205/photo/g_karl_195.jpg

haha damn those are bad

2/23/09   |   Derrich

(Edited by Derrich)

No doubt the Denver Nuggets skyscraper jerseys were the worst. My #2 vote goes to the early 90s Sixers jerseys. Poor Barkley got a run on crappy jersey teams.

Speaking of ugly Nuggets unis, check this one out: http://espn.go.com/media/pg2/2005/1205/photo/g_karl_195.jpg

2/23/09   |   RedskinsWR

Dude some of them are sick a** jersey some are ugly. but cool rating

2/23/09   |   fred77008   |   17 respect

Looks like the late 90's were a rough time...

2/23/09   |   Brendanc8504

1. I hate to say anything bad about my beloved celtics, but man those jerseys look like halter tops.

2. the houston jerseys I dont think were all that bad, the shorts killed it.

3. C"mon, you dont think an Argile look works on a basketball jersey!? LOL

2/23/09   |   hskrdave   |   10549 respect

 The Nuggets jerseys are blatant ripoffs of super breakout from atari...or at least that is what I always remembered them for. 

And I rocked super breakout...

2/23/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

(Edited by Michael_Luchies)

Awesome article...you picked all that I would have picked as well..the teal Pistons jerseys were awful

2/23/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 nice

2/23/09   |   SweatSkywalker

the Sonics jerseys... trash

2/23/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Man those Nuggets jerseys are so bad they're awesome.