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