A new NBA season is upon us and a fresh crop of uniforms are also set to arrive as the action unfolds. This year, the Trail Blazers’ “City” jersey feature a theme inspired by Oregon’s roots in the Pacific Northwest.
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From the lettering to the color scheme, the Blazers’ new duds are a significant departure from the organization’s steady scheme. Different isn’t always bad, as Bleacher Report’s Sean Highkin pointed out in his recent league-wide rankings of all the new jerseys.
Highkin placed the Blazers’ Oregon-inspired threads at No. 11 on the list.
The Blazers went in a radically different direction from their previous jerseys, which have mostly stuck to variations of their striped sash pattern in red, black, white and occasionally silver. Sticking to that formula has given them one of the highest hit rates on jersey designs of any team in the league over the decades, so this big a departure is bold for them.
Ultimately, it works. The “Oregon” on the front is in the style of a legendary local sign, and elements of the state’s topography are woven into the pattern. It takes some getting used to, but the Blazers did well here.
The Spurs’ multi-colored throwback uniform took home the No. 1 spot in the rankings. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Thunder’s new jerseys finished at No. 30.
You can check out Highkin’s full rankings at Bleacher Report.