The Clippers’ rebrand under new ownership in 2015 had to be one of the absolute worst in recent memory, across any sport. With it came a couple of new, garbage logos and uniforms that look like they were created in Microsoft paint. These alternates. These alternates are probably better than their regular road jerseys, but still a very bad product. An organization desperate for new ownership didn’t deserve to be handed these atrocities.
NBAE/Getty ImagesSam Forencich
While the Grizzlies’ regular home and road jerseys aren’t too bad, their alternates are a bit of a mess. The thick bar atop the shoulders is a deviation from their normal uniforms and doesn’t really work because it seems to entrap the rest of the torso. These alternates are pretty disappointing considering the Grizz have a nice color scheme and could do a lot better with the multiple shades of baby blue, navy and yellow accent. This one just doesn’t work as well as it should.
Getty ImagesJ Pat Carter
Gray uniforms are usually tricky and rarely deliver the visual excitement that their colorful alternatives bring. While the design of this Pistons third isn’t bad – it’s essentially the same as their regular road uniform – the dull color scheme drains the life out of them. Detroit’s vibrant red, white and blue scheme pops and is usually the strong point of their jerseys, so it’s no surprise that these gray ones leave a lot to be desired. They basically look like sweatsuit versions of their regular unis.
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Oklahoma City Thunder
These Thunder unis are the franchise’s first-ever alternate. While they’re not particularly awful, they also don’t make a whole lot of sense. The threads bring a simple, vintage look that seems to convey a rich organizational history. Considering they were unveiled in 2012, when the team was in its fifth year of existence, it’s a bit misleading. You can’t (and shouldn’t try to) manufacture tradition in a faux-throwback jersey.
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San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs are one of the few teams in the league that can pull off a successful silver jersey, considering it’s a staple of their regular color scheme. These jerseys, however, seem quite lazy and uninspired. The ‘U’ logo looks awkward standing on its own and leaves a lot of dead space on the front of the jersey. They do look a bit better in black, but these silver editions are disappointing.
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(Okay, fine...a sixth) Orlando Magic
While it’s tough to say these new Magic thirds are among the league’s worst when we haven’t seen them in action yet, there’s a strong possibility they’ll eventually earn that rank. They resemble a reversible Summer League pinnie or knockoff T.J. Maxx clearance section item more than an official NBA jersey.