Uni Watch Power Rankings: NBA

Originally Published: August 22, 2013
By Paul Lukas |

Welcome to Day 2 of the Uni Watch Power Rankings, as we continue to rank all 122 uniform sets in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. (In case you missed Day 1, you can see some of the ground rules we're using and get some other background on the Power Rankings project here.)

On Monday we're moving to the hardcourt and ranking the uniforms from the NBA, which has always been the most problematic league from a uniform standpoint. It's hard to come up with a great basketball uni, because the tank tops and shorts provide so little space for a designer to work with. But two big developments are afoot that could change the NBA's uniform equation.

The Warriors experimented with sleeved alternate jerseys last season, the Suns have just unveiled a sleeved alternate of their own, and lots more sleeves are reportedly on the way.

Looming over all of this, however, is the threat of the NBA adding advertising patches to its uniforms. That was originally slated to happen this season, but then the plan was back-burnered for assorted reasons. The current thinking is that the plan will be revived when NBA commish David Stern retires next February and could go into effect as soon as 2014-15. If so, NBA execs will have to decide where to position the ad patches. A sleeve would be a mighty convenient spot, no?

But that's all speculation. For now, only two teams -- the Warriors and the Suns -- have sleeved jerseys. Check out today's chart to see how those designs affected their spots in the Power Rankings (remember, you can click on each team's name to see photos of its current uniform set), and then come back Tuesday to see our NFL assessments.

Uni Watch Power Rankings 2013:

MLB | NBA | NFL | NHL | Overall: 1-122 | Introduction and ground rules

Create your own rankings: MLB | NBA | NFL | NHL | Overall

ESPN experts respond to the rankings:
MLB: Jim Caple | NBA: Justin Verrier | NFL: Ashley Fox | NHL: Craig Custance

Chat with Paul Lukas: Friday, 2 p.m. ET

Paul Lukas will rank all NBA teams at the bottom of the Uni Watch Power Rankings chart if the league ends up adding advertising patches to its uniforms. If you liked this column, you'll probably like his daily Uni Watch web site, plus you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Want to learn about his Uni Watch Membership Program, be added to his mailing list so you'll always know when a new column has been posted, or just ask him a question? Contact him here.


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