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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International)

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

by Pat Pat 2/23/0950 Comment Comments »
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:

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International) Photo

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

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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)

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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

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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

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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


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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International) Photo

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

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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International) Photo

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

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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International) Photo

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

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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

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


4. Syracuse Orangemen

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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

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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.

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2. Melbourne (Australia) Tigers

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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

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Ugliest Basketball Jerseys Ever (NBA, College And International) Photo

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.

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Which jerseys do you think are the ugliest of all time? Let us know.

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| Closed on 03/25/09 at 05:00PM
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Team Breakout:
Rank11 FansAvg (1st)
1.1984-1992 Denver Nuggets3.1 (6)
2.1922 Boston Celtics1.4 (2)
3.University of Oregon1.2
4.Melbourne (Australia) Tigers1.2 (1)
5.Argentina National Team1.0 (1)
Also receiving votes:Chorale de Roanne1.0
Other #10.8 (1)
2009 Rookie-Sophomore Game0.7
1999 Cleveland Cavaliers0.7
Other #20.5
Syracuse Orangemen0.5
1996-2000 Detroit Pistons0.5
Washington Wizards Alternates0.5
2008 All Star (Gold Back)0.4
Other #30.4
1994 All Star Game0.4
1999 Toronto Raptors0.3
Utah Jazz (Mountains)0.3
Other #40.2
Other #50.1

  
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#1 | 2031 days ago

Man those Nuggets jerseys are so bad they're awesome.
#2 | 2031 days ago

 1922 Boston Celtics: It looks like they are the participants for figure Skating Contest..lol
1. 1922 Boston Celtics  2. Syracuse Orangemen  3. University of Oregon  4. Chorale de Roanne  5. Melbourne (Australia) Tigers  
#3 | 2031 days ago

 1999 Toronto Raptors Jersey i think was good..
1. 1922 Boston Celtics  2. Syracuse Orangemen  3. University of Oregon  4. Chorale de Roanne  5. Melbourne (Australia) Tigers  
#4 | 2031 days ago

(Edited by Kenne)
The Cavs have always had the ugliest uniforms. The 1999 jerseys featured at #14, were probably the best ones they've ever used.

Cleveland Cavs Uniform History
1. Argentina National Team  2. Chorale de Roanne  3. 1999 Cleveland Cavaliers  4. 2008 All Star (Gold Back)  5. Other #1  
#5 | 2031 days ago

the Sonics jerseys... trash

#6 | 2031 days ago

 nice
#7 | 2031 days ago

(Edited by Michael_Luchies)
Awesome article...you picked all that I would have picked as well..the teal Pistons jerseys were awful
#8 | 2031 days ago

Mark, Brad, Larry era Cavs jerseys were the wost.
#9 | 2031 days ago

 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...
#10 | 2031 days ago

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
#11 | 2031 days ago

Looks like the late 90's were a rough time...
#12 | 2031 days ago

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

#13 | 2031 days ago

(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
#14 | 2031 days ago

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
#15 | 2031 days ago

love the knee pads, it means that you are not a real man that you can not play without them.
#16 | 2031 days ago

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


#17 | 2031 days ago

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.
#18 | 2031 days ago

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
#19 | 2031 days ago

is pete rose on the client list?

cause if so i dont want to get involved
#20 | 2031 days ago

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. 
#21 | 2031 days ago
Irish22 (+)

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.

#22 | 2031 days ago

Irish22 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
#23 | 2031 days ago

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???
#24 | 2031 days ago

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
#25 | 2031 days ago

(Edited by Kenne)
I hate the current Phoenix Suns "Planet Orange" unis, they look like they've gone downhill from the ones they previously used.
Phoenix Suns

The jerseys almost make me not want to go to the games anymore.
1. Argentina National Team  2. Chorale de Roanne  3. 1999 Cleveland Cavaliers  4. 2008 All Star (Gold Back)  5. Other #1  
#26 | 2031 days ago

The purple Jazz mountain jerseys are just horrible.

I agree that the Houston jerseys weren't that bad, but the stripes on the shorts killed them.
#27 | 2031 days ago

I am so disappointed the Nuggets craptastick skyscapper uni's didnt get #1.
#28 | 2031 days ago

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!?
#29 | 2031 days ago

A) I love Oregon's jerseys.
B) I love the Wizard's atlernates.
C) Half of these aren't that bad.
#30 | 2031 days ago

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?
#31 | 2031 days ago

 I love all the old jersey's at least they were fun. The jersey's now are just too plain and boring for me.
1. 1984-1992 Denver Nuggets  2. 2009 Rookie-Sophomore Game  3. Melbourne (Australia) Tigers  4. 1994 All Star Game  5. Argentina National Team  
#32 | 2031 days ago

(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.
#33 | 2031 days ago

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!"
#34 | 2031 days ago

The red, yellow, and white mountains of the 84-92 Denver Nuggets are the worst jerseys ever
#35 | 2031 days ago

What's better than an ugly Western Conference Jersey? One with "McGrady" written on it.
#36 | 2031 days ago

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
#37 | 2031 days ago

(Edited by snbslugger)
I submit to you the 1992-93 New Jersey Nets gradient uniforms.:



Rest in Peace, Drazen Petrovic.
#38 | 2031 days ago

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



Rest in Peace, Drazen Petrovic.
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#39 | 2031 days ago

Brendanc8504 wrote:
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Yeah I fixed it.  We'll see if it shows up right this time.
#40 | 2031 days ago

Great = Drazen. Not so Great  = Those Unis. 
#41 | 2031 days ago

No "love" for my Bobcats and their all orange uni's?
#42 | 2031 days ago

can we  get the paces yellow and blue and the hawks yellow one on the list
#43 | 2031 days ago

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
#44 | 2031 days ago

(Edited by triple_a)
thesportshernia.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b84f69e2010537028443970b-550wi
#45 | 2031 days ago

How can one hate on the Nugget unis of the 80's? I mean it's the Denver skyline and ROY G. BIV!
#46 | 2031 days ago



the charlotte bobcats nascar uniform
#47 | 2030 days ago

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

#48 | 2030 days ago

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 =)
#49 | 2028 days ago

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
#50 | 2010 days ago

 Stockton in those old Jazz uniforms with his short pulled up as high as they can go is one of the most hideous things Ive ever seen.
#51 | 1178 days ago

yeah but look at Grant Hill get up
#52 | 1178 days ago

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
#53 | 1178 days ago

haha I think Stevie Nash is COMPLETELY confused by the checkerboard pattern. this uni is very effective in the half-court trap
#54 | 1016 days ago

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