By golly, it sure feels like it’s been a while since we saw some NBA uniform leaks.
Just when we thought we were done for the season, Twitter user @OKCTracker comes along and drops 18 leaked Earned Edition uniforms for the rapidly approaching 2020-21 season. OKCTracker tweeted each and every one of these uniforms to his feed earlier tonight, props.
The Earned Uniform, making a return after a year off last season, is reserved for those teams fortunate enough to qualify for the previous season’s playoffs, this year is no different however we also saw uniforms for two teams who did make it last year — were these prototypes just in case? Are they just gonna wear them anyway? No idea, and that’s the beauty of a leak, we get to do some guessing.
Let’s roll through them team-by-team:
Brooklyn going black with Nets across the front, nice, and what appears to be a NYC subway sign style design.
The Boston Celtics, who are running out of third colours to throw on their uniforms, have now turned to neon green, seemingly. Green on green team name and player number is always a bad idea.
I could’ve sworn the Dallas Mavericks have worn this uniform before — it’s just so similar to their usual set that it’s almost not worth wearing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly not a bad design, far from it!
Now this is a uniform. The Milwaukee Bucks embracing the deer motif, fear the deer, the antlers running up the side of the uniform from the knees up to the arms — feels like this should be their full-time design. A shame it’ll be discarded after the season but I have a feeling we’ll see this style again from the Bucks in the future, recoloured a million different ways as future City and Earned designs.
The Denver Nuggets breaking out the retro red, white, blue, and gold colour scheme here, turning the clock back to their first few seasons as a franchise. Love it.
Not much to say about the Houston Rockets and their Earned Edition uniform for 2020-21, a black version of their usual set.
We knew the Los Angeles Lakers would try to work their black uniform in somehow and I’m glad they were able to squeeze it in as their Earned Edition set, the Black Mamba returns in 2021.
If you ever wondered what one of the most dull brands in the league would look like without colour, wonder no more, the LA Clippers are happy to give you a look. Grey with white lettering and trim, they did throw in a sliver of red and blue though down each side.
This just feels right, doesn’t it? And yeah, I do prefer the Magic wearing black with pinstripes, but this works well with a very horizontal logo across the chest and the star pattern up the sides. A great look for the Orlando Magic!
Miami has worn white, black, red, pink, and a rainbow but never gold and that changes in 2021 with their new gold and black Earned Edition uniform — nope, no red to be found on this one. Bumblebee approves.
Welp, we all insisted on a return to purple. Are you happy? I’m not. A giant purple chevron from the knees to the pits (it’s the pits alright), I’ll just focus on the positive here — the Toronto Raptors are ready to embrace purple again, I’ll accept that this is a first step and they’ll improve it from here.
Cream as the base, we’re guessing as a nod to the Declaration of Independence as they’ve done in the past, and a giant Liberty Bell to hold the player numbers — the Philadelphia 76ers are really tapping into their city and its historic role in the founding of the United States. Appropriate considering their name, of course.
What’s with all the greyscale? The Portland Trail Blazers figured they’d remove red from their look, we’re not sure why but I’m assuming there’s some symbolism here — without that context, I’m left scratching my head.
While many think of Utah as a purple team, there’s a few of us out there still who can’t help but picture their old green and golds whenever we think back on this team. Utah wore green and gold for a couple of seasons back in the ’80s and they return to that look here for their 2021 Earned Edition set.
A simple, but great look for the Indiana Pacers — pair this up with their City Edition uniform and you’ve got a great one-two combo (with blue instead of grey, of course… what are we doing here?)
Oklahoma City’s primary set is so bland that anything they come up with as a Statement, City, or Earned uniform just looks great by comparison. Here we go again, and again another two-colour set in this collection, just two shades of blue, no orange, no gold.
San Antonio gonna San Antonio. Nothing bad with this design, it’s just been done over and over again. Of course, the Spurs didn’t even make the playoffs last season, so it’s very possible that they won’t even wear this in 2020-21. I don’t think anyone really minds.
We do mind, however, that we might lose this set. The Phoenix Suns tapping right into the 1990s with this modern spin on a retro classic. Purple and black, the streaking sun returning on the jersey and the shorts, love the little things too including the “PHOENIX” wordmark going up the front of the shorts.
So that’s it, I mean that’s gotta be it by this point, we’ve now seen all the Icon, Association, Statement, City, Classic, and now Earned Edition uniforms (c’mon… six? this is getting silly) that the NBA has in store for its 2020-21 season. Nothing left to come as far as I can tell.