Ranking the top 10 throwback jerseys in NBA history in honor of NBA Jersey Day

NBA fans are almost spoiled for choice these days as teams are constantly updating their jerseys.

With several teams sporting new home and away colors while also giving fans a touch of nostalgia by bringing back some of the most popular throwback kits in the City Edition and Statement Edition kits, this got us thinking which others vintage threads we wanna see you back on the court in the nba?


As the NBA celebrates the third annual #NBAJerseyDay on December 14th, here are the top 10 throwback jerseys in NBA history.

1st Street of the Philadelphia 76ers – 1997–2009


After not wearing a black uniform for years, the 76ers’ 2020-21 City Editions brought back the colourway and paid homage to the iconic Boathouse Row look.

Iverson rocked the black 76ers jersey when he won the Most Valuable Player of the Year trophy in 2001, which only added to the nostalgia.

While we’re at it, let’s bring back the native whites and blues in this design as well.

2. Orlando Magic pinstripes

#Penny #Shaq

The Magic’s jerseys have been underwhelming in recent years while sitting on a goldmine of a throwback in their famous ’90s pinstripes.

Instantly bringing back the vibes of Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O’Neal’s heyday, these pinstripes in white, black, or blue are a must-have for Magic fans.

3. Chicago Bulls in cursive


Although the Bulls never won a championship in these uniforms, they maintain their iconic status and symbolize the beginning of the Michael Jordan era in 1984.

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Has anyone ever looked cooler than MJ rocking this twin gold chain jersey at the 1985 Slam Dunk Contest? I do not think so.

They brought back a version of this in 2021, just as a temporary alternative, but we’d like to see them make it permanent.

4. Toronto Raptors – Dino Uniforms

#McGrady #Carter

The Raptors brought these back in 2019-20 to celebrate the team’s 25th anniversary, but let’s go ahead and do it again.

Once a joke, these cartoon uniforms have aged gracefully and are now a must-have jersey for Raptors fans.

5. Phoenix Sun’s 90’s Threads


The Suns revived those iconic jerseys as their Hardwood Classic Edition uniform this season, and they’ve hit just as hard in 2022.

6. Warrior x Run TMC


We’ve already seen the Warriors throw it back to the We Believe era, now it’s time to bring the TMC threads back. Steph Curry stopping off the Chase Center half-court in these uni’s just makes sense.

They even put the captain’s “C” on the chest.

7. Detroit Pistons—Motor City


Detroit has leaned towards the Motor City moniker on its jerseys in recent years, but nothing beats the original Grant Hill-era uniforms.

These shirts are fiery red in white and red, but the teal version is awesome.

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In 2022-23 they brought these back as their Classic Edition kit, which they will wear in 10 games this season.

8. Atlanta Hawks – The Great Hawk


I show an undue love for ’90s cartoon jerseys, but this is by far the best jersey the Hawks have ever produced.

The Hawks rocked a yellow version of it as their City Edition jerseys last season, but like I said for the Bulls’ Italic kits, let’s make it permanent. Especially the black version.

9. San Antonio Spurs – Homage to the Iceman


Spurs have gone in the opposite direction in recent years with their City Edition uniforms and brought back the bright colors of their Fiesta kits.

The simplicity of these yarns from the George Gervin era of the 1980s has to make a comeback at some point!

10. Miami Heat – Another throwback to the ’90s


The Miami Heat have had some of the best alternative jerseys in recent years with their ‘Vice City’ colorways, but the retro red alternatives from 1995-96 might be the only ones in their back catalog that could top them.

11. Cleveland Cavaliers – All hail the king

LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)

I know we said top 10, but this Cavs varsity had to make the list as a bonus entry.

Synonymous with LeBron James’ debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers, these street jerseys are some of the best the Cavs have ever produced.

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Not to mention the legendary moments that came with it – none better than his 48-point performance against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

Imagine Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and co. Are you rocking these while playing LeBron? Make it happen!

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