The NBA City Edition uniforms are an outlet for all 30 teams to pay tribute to their respective local surroundings, whether it be the scenery, the landmarks, the influences and/or the culture. The City unis are also often a way to get teams to think creatively and offer some outside-of-the-box branding ideas.
Over the past few years, it has resulted in a number of crazy uniforms -- from the Wolves' Prince-inspired jerseys, to the various "Vice" unis from the Heat, to the FDNY unis from the Knicks. We've gotten plenty of City unis that deviate from traditional looks, and many of them have been received quite well. Others? Not so much.
With this year's crop getting unveiled, let's take a look at all of the official releases so far and grade them one-by-one.
The Hawks are rolling with "Peachtree" uniforms this year in honor of the ubiquitous Atlanta street. The uniform is pretty well-executed. It fits with the team's regular look while bringing a unique colorway with the black and peach. Grade: B
These are quite brutal. Putting aside the fact that I think the Celtics are one of the few sports franchises that have so much tradition and such great uniforms that they should always wear the same two jerseys, these unis are just completely uninspired. The font is lazy. The trim is lazy. All of it's lazy. Grade: D-
Once again the Bulls' City uniforms are a nod to the Chicago flag. It's a good idea in theory but these leave a lot to be desired. It's extremely weird to see the Bulls logo in baby blue, especially on top of a baby blue base. Feels like the regular red might look better. Grade: C-
Absolutely not. Grade: F
The Nuggets are bringing back the rainbow skyline jersey, which is great news, though this time it's on a black base. I'm not crazy about the white collar but other than that it's a good look. Grade: B+
It's "Motor City" and racing stripes once again for the Pistons. This year, they've traded in the metallic look for a more vibrant red and blue. A lot of the reaction seems to be negative, but I kind of dig these. Grade: B
The Rockets have moved away from the China-themed City jerseys that they've had over the the past couple of years, which is probably a good decision,. These NASA-inspired "H-Town" unis aren't amazing but they're neat in concept. Grade: B-
The Clippers' City jerseys are a major switch-up from the team's typical branding, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as they try to reinvent themselves. These unis are basically a cross between the Brooklyn Nets and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Grade: B-
The Lakers trusted Shaq to design their City uniforms this year, which was a display of confidence. They turned out fine. Grade: B-
No surprise here: The Heat have gone back to the "Vice" theme, this time bringing a baby blue version. The look is still top notch; it's just annoying that the Heat haven't made the full-time switch yet. Grade: A-
Milwaukee is all about cream uniforms these days. The Bucks are abandoning their MECCA-inspired City unis in favor of "Cream City" branding inspired by the bricks that laid the foundation for the city. I love the base idea, but there's just something missing. Grade: C+
I get that these are supposed to be clean and minimalistic, but there's a thin line between that and boring. These fall on the wrong side of the line.Grade: C-
The Magic are bringing some citrus into the mix with these orange-trimmed City uniforms. They're not that bad but they might be too different for no good reason. They look more like a Suns jersey than anything else. Grade: C
These aren't too different or exciting when compared to what the Sixers have previously rolled out, but it's still a rather clean and classic look. You may not love them but it's hard to hate them. Grade: B-
The Blazers uniform combines a bit of team history with a touch of modern and it works so, so well. These are outstanding. Grade: A
Like Portland, the Kings attempted to blend a little bit of old and new. Their experiment didn't work out nearly as well. Should have just went with the baby blue instead. Grade: C+
These are kind of like Philly's in that they don't look much different from the team's normal branding, but it works as a clean alternate. That'll do. Grade: B-