10. Chicago Bulls- Few things are more iconic than the Bulls in the 1990s. These jerseys are no exception to that rule. Clean, easily identifiable, and unquestionably ’90s with the pinstripes, these are still hot today.
9. Houston Rockets- these are fresh. Something about pinstripes and a giant image of whatever the team is named after really gets me. Unlike anything else the Rockets ever wore, these were made popular during Yao Ming’s time in Clutch City.
(Bonus: This fuego senior-picture type photoshoot from Yao and Stevie Franchise himself.)
8. Seattle Supersonics- this is a color palette we don’t see much in sports, which is a shame. Maybe it’s better that the franchise left Seattle and became the Thunder, as if they designed a modern look for these colors, I’m not sure justice would be done. Sorry, Seattle, but at least the Sonics will always be a good looking team. RIP.
7. Los Angeles Lakers- not much different from the uniforms they wear today, which are among the best in sports. Purple numbers as opposed to the current white, the white outline on them, and the scoop neck collar are the only big differences between these and the new ones, but in my opinion, these are much better and I’m always excited to see when today’s Lakers pull them out.
6. Chicago Bulls- their second entry on the list. Before MJ really took off, they wore these red uniforms with “Chicago” written on the front in cursive. Name literally anything more iconic than MJ at the dunk contest his rookie year, wearing the 1s, this uniform, and the gold chain. I dare you.
5. Toronto Raptors- again we have some stripes to go along with a giant image of the team’s mascot. I’m surprising myself but not putting this higher because it is an absolute gem, but hey, they look really dated, which is why they aren’t higher on this list. If pictures of dinosaurs on jerseys were still in style in the year of our Lord 2017, it may have been higher, but for now #5 will have to suffice.
4. Charlotte Hornets- Pinstripes and a unique color lands the Hornets at #4. Ask just about anyone who lived through the ’90s and they will tell you teal was violently overused on sports uniforms, but the Hornets a rare instance where it actually works. The new Hornets uniforms take inspiration from these, but they can’t hold a candle to them.
3.Utah Jazz- worn during the height of the Jazz’s success, these mountain-inspired uniforms are synonymous with Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton. After these the Jazz went into a uniform identity crisis of sorts, not knowing whether to use the mountain-inspired look or go back to their roots as the New Orleans Jazz. Their current uniforms definitely embrace the old-school Jazz identity, and they’re good, but these are timeless and define the team’s most successful period.
2. Orlando Magic- going back to the early days of one of the league’s newest teams, the uniforms they wore in that era are incomparable to anything they wore after. Maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe it’s simply that these were a dope look in white, blue, or black, but when it was Penny and Shaq playing together, bad things were bound to happen to the other team, and they could not look better while doing so.
1. Phoenix Suns- specifically the purple ones. The black ones are fire too, but the purple is just too hot, about as hot as the sun to be specific. It’s a shame the Suns uniforms have only gone downhill since they wore these bad boys, but then again, anything they donned after these would have been a downgrade.