作者：The Crossover Staff
哪支NBA球队的球衣是有史以来最为出色的？The Crossover Staff综合美观度、创造性、怀旧等因素，评选出了联盟历史上30件最杰出的球衣。
如今，耐克成为了NBA官方球衣赞助商。城市版球衣的推出对联盟球衣的样式产生了巨大影响。这种球衣将球队所在城市的特色融入于队服之中——想想Prince以及他和森林狼间的故事、或是The Notorious B.I.G与布鲁克林篮网队之间的联系。
随着球衣热潮的又一次兴起，The Crossover Staff展开了激烈的讨论，评选出了NBA历史上最杰出的30件球衣（全明星球衣不在评选范围之内）。排名综合了球衣的美观度、创造性及怀旧性。这份榜单就像互联网上的其他排名一样，你很可能会不同意我们所有的选择，不过那没有关系。那么让我们开始吧！
虽然球队和说唱歌手之间一直有着一种独特、互利的关系，但Drake与家乡球队猛龙队在赛场上令人难忘的黑金“袭击”，促使两者关系更进了一步。当前时代中以品牌为中心的品牌风格总是会令人有些不快——灵感可以在充满创意之处找寻，还可以挣钱——但不可否认，多伦多OVO版球衣是迄今为止最成功的现象级球衣。胸前的金色徽章和“North”标志，让家乡自豪感更加引人注目，甚至还有一句“请在比赛结束后，带着你的悲伤，尽可能多地拨打热线电话”。不管是好是坏，我们都会记住这件球衣。这次合作可能会创造一个先例：明尼苏达用Purple Rain就很不错，拜托千万别从Soundcloud上找个说唱歌手来替代。——Jeremy Woo
Ranking the 30 Best NBA Jerseys of All Time
The Crossover Staff
Which NBA team has the best jerseys of all time? The Crossover staff considered aesthetic, creativity, nostalgia and more when ranking the 30 best uniforms in league history.
NBA uniforms have undergone countless transformations throughout the league's history. The jerseys worn in the 1970s were loose-fitting with unique designs inspired by the ABA era, while the ’80s had more of a traditional look as the league’s popularity evolved with stars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan coming into their own. In 1989, Champion became the official uniform supplier and helped kickstart the NBA’s brash era in the ’90s. The cartoonish and fun designs made the NBA a cultural hotbed and a place where basketball and hip-hop intersected. Jordan's reign was at its peak and every kid wanted to emulate the look of his long shorts, stylish sneakers, and the Bulls’ uniform design. In the 2000s, the league went back to its roots, as teams wore uniforms that often paid homage to history, with a few added enhancements, thanks to new technology.
Today, Nike is the official uniform provider and has already made a strong influence on the look of the league's jersey with the introduction of the City Edition uniforms. The approach is to take features of a team’s city and incorporate them into the uniform design—think Prince and his connection with the Timberwolves or the Notorious B.I.G. and the Brooklyn Nets.
With the jersey era back in style, The Crossover staff debated and ranked the 30 best uniforms in NBA history. (All-Star Game uniforms were not considered.) Jerseys were ranked based on aesthetic, creativity, nostalgia and historical importance. Just like with every list on the internet, you will almost certainly disagree with all of our choices. Let's get to the list!
30. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (1996–2008)
The best jerseys often conjure an image of a specific player, and that’s certainly true for the Timberwolves’ jerseys of the early 2000s. Minnesota’s black jerseys with the green-tree trim immediately bring to mind a snarling Kevin Garnett, sweating with an unmatched intensity as he tried to carry his supporting cast through the Western Conference playoffs. Garnett’s game matched Minnesota’s jerseys, brooding with a jagged edge. It’s a match made in heaven.
The best aspects of the Garnett-era threads are in the details. The green trees lining the outside of the jersey pay tribute to the Minnesota state tree—the Norway pine for all you non-botanists out there—and the sharp “T” and edges of the numbers are reminiscent of an actual wolf. These jerseys don’t have the same flare as some of the others on our list, but they’re thoughtful throughout and bring an extra dose of nostalgia for NBA fans of a certain age. — Michael Shapiro
29. LOS ANGELES LAKERS (1960–1966)
The Lakers are known for their purple and gold color scheme but after moving from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, the team donned these beautiful blue uniforms for six years. The cursive logo looks great and the team enjoyed plenty of success during their first years in L.A. behind Hall of Famers Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, appearing in the NBA Finals every year from 1961–1966. They brought these uniforms back for one night during the Kobe era, but it’s a shame they haven’t been used more. Nike needs to revive them at least once during LeBron’s time in the city. — Jarrel Harris
28. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS, ALTERNATE (2005–10)
Let’s take a trip back in time, shall we? The year is 2009, LeBron James has just led a team who's second-best player is probably Mo Williams to 66 (!) wins. The sun is shining in Cleveland for the first time in a awhile and the first sight you see walking down E. 9th is these beauties? Life is good. In an attempt to jump on the overloaded bandwagon, my parents went out and copped me a LeBron James, No. 23 Cavs 2008–09 alternate and told me to walk around and show some local team pride, which isn’t hard when the jersey is this sick.
There’s so much to love about this jersey. The sharp neckline, the multi-colored blocks that border the entire jersey and that rich shade of navy blue that’s broken up by the white lettering and the gold trim “Cavaliers” in the middle. Then you get to the red side panels that give the whole joint an incredibly distinctive look. Sidenote: They also made surprisingly good kindling for events that took place in 2010. — Kellen Becoats
27. TORONTO RAPTORS, OVO (PRESENT)
While sports teams and rappers have always had distinct, mutually beneficial style relationships, Drake’s black-and-gold foray onto the actual court with his hometown Raptors memorably took things a step further. The brand-focused brand-ness of our current zeitgeist will always leave somewhat of a bitter taste—inspiration can be found in creative places and still cut checks—but it’s hard to deny how effectively Toronto’s OVO look translated onto the floor as the occasional threads during the franchise’s most successful run to date. The gold chevron and “North” label across the chest made hometown pride that much more attractive and striking, even with a side of “please go stream Hotline Bling after the game as many times as possible with your woes.” For better or worse, we’ll remember these, and they may set a precedent: Minnesota’s Purple Rain strips work fine, just no Soundcloud rapper alternates, please. — Jeremy Woo
26. LOS ANGELES LAKERS, ALTERNATE WHITE (2002–18)
You don’t mess with perfection. Odds are that if you close your eyes and try and picture a Lakers jersey, your mind will wander over to two classics: the Sunday Whites of the Black Mamba era or the gold joints that have been ingrained in our collective memory after watching highlight after highlight on SportsCenter growing up. But the Sunday Whites have a special place in my heart. I never grew up rocking with the Lakers, but you can’t tell me watching Kobe eviscerate people in one of the cleanest jerseys ever assembled doesn’t make you contemplate going out to a vintage store and trying to cop one. White jerseys have a tendency to be bland and leave a lot to be desired—that is, unless your team hails from Los Angeles. The Lakers’ gold jerseys may be synonymous with championships but the Sunday Whites will always be the freshest in the league. And it doesn’t hurt when the greatest player of your generation is rocking them at any given time. — Becoats