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NBA City Edition: The Best and the Worst

Updated: Jan 12

by Charles Arencibia

Photo by TJ Dragotta on Unsplash

The NBA City Edition Jerseys for 2022-23 were released in early November,

each paying homage to their city's history. These are the most unique, and

one failed to hit the mark. See them all here.


Miami Heat

The Miami Heat jersey displays the previous

jersey styles through its colorful lettering with

each letter representing a different jersey era.

The jersey embodies the city’s Arts Décoratifs

style; it channels the vibrant artwork that

Miami is known for breathing life into the

jersey with flair. The vibrance of the jersey

lettering illustrates the city's tropical climate

and dynamic culture as well as its lively coral


Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers jersey represents its

city’s heritage with a simple plain jersey to

accentuate the iconic “Brotherly Love”

writing across the chest in a timeless cursive

style. This jersey may not be flashy due to its

simplistic color design, but it highlights

Philadelphia's roots. Its title as the City of

Brotherly Love is the foundation of the

identity and history of Philadelphia, in which

William Penn founded the city so it could be a

safe haven for those who had been

persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets take a classical

approach, throwing back to their 1995-2003

jersey. The white strips on the blue

background give it the vintage look that is

only interrupted by the red and white

Houston writing.

Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets jersey takes inspiration

from Jean-Michel Basquiat with

neo-expressionist artwork on a canvas-like

backdrop. It is a simple design with a

graffiti-like design. The Brooklyn artist is

memorialized by his basketball team with

this piece of biographical design.


San Francisco Golden State Warriors

This jersey ranks the worst because of its poor design. The jersey is consistent with the Golden State Warrior's shiny gold color theme but the design butchers its representation of the history it is trying to convey. The golden rose is meant to represent San Francisco’s past in the support of women's suffrage as seen through California being the 6th state to give women the right to vote. Despite this rich history, the design looks sloppy. The golden rose has a poor fade that makes it look out of place on a basketball court. It lacks the classical qualities that made other jerseys pop in their own unique way.

Which one is your favorite?

  • Miami Heat

  • Philadelphia 76ers

  • Houston Rockets

  • Brooklyn Nets

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