Samuel Lam’s 2014 Best and Worst Dressed in sports: NBA edition

These new red uniforms were completely unnecessary but the Pelicans’ home court was delicious!

Today is the final day of 2014 and after much deliberation, I’ve decided to do my annual uniform in review post. I was close to not doing this again this year because I didn’t think I had the time for it. But I have made time and there are some noteworthy uniform notes from this past year.

This is a list of strictly my opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree or just take it for what it is.

To qualify for this list, the uniform element must be a new set that debuted and was used for in-game action in 2014. That’s pretty much it. Let’s go take a look at the list for National Basketball Association.

THE REST OF THE BEST AND WORST OF 2014, CLICK HERE

** I hope I didn’t miss anything.

NBA’s Best and Worst Dressed

BEST: CHARLOTTE HORNETS

The entire rebrand from the Bobcats to the Hornets was perfect. The colors are great. The uniforms are awesome. Their home court looks phenomenal. I haven’t found one thing I didn’t like about this rebrand. It could just be the nostalgia, but man oh man, doesn’t this look great?

HONORABLE MENTION:
WASHINGTON WIZARDS – For an alt that’s a little different than the counterpart with a color swap, this actually works out. Although I wish the horizontal line remained.
ATLANTA HAWKS – Adding the city name to the home uniforms was a lateral move. But it’s not really bad.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – In LeBron’s first game back, they bust out this alternate. We’ve seen a similar version to this before but this one was quite colorful.
TORONTO RAPTORS – This beautiful throwback.

WORST: CHRISTMAS

All of it. It’s not even a bad idea, but it was executed so poorly. Nameplate with first names? Small logos? No.

HONORABLE MENTION:
BOSTON CELTICS –
Nope.
ORLANDO MAGIC – See above.
ALL-STAR GAME – Repeat.
Basically if it’s sleeved, it must go away.
GOLD TAGS I don’t know why they moved the logo to the back and added championship gold tags. In a way, if the team never won a title, their jerseys actually look better.

MATCHUP OF THE YEAR: PELICANS VS JAZZ (DECEMBER 16)

During the Christmas season, sometimes we are blessed to have two teams wear uniforms to give us a green and red feel. This was by far my most favorite one in quite some time and the fact that the new Pelicans red unis are just OK. I don’t know why but maybe it’s because the shade of Utah’s green works so perfectly here. I love it.

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What other notable uniform, logo or any other visual changes this year did I miss? What did you like or hate?

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