It’s the jersey drop all hoop heads and NBA fans have long been waiting for – Nike’s “Earned Edition” uniforms for all 16 teams who made the NBA Playoffs last season.
These exclusive jerseys that pay homage to each respective city and their unique heritage and landscape will be made available for purchase on December 19 and sported by teams on Christmas Day, with the rest of the league getting the chance to sport the new NBA “Earned Edition” uniforms shortly thereafter. And while this “Earned” collection holds its own weight with color variations both rooted and breaking away from each NBA team’s current uniform style, there is also a rich connection to the “City Edition” Nike released last December.
The most eye-popping jersey designs and color palette from the collection?
Cleveland breaks away from their wine and gold in place of ice blue and white, Miami goes with neon pink instead of black, red, and yellow, Minnesota pays tribute to Prince with his signature purple, followed by New Orleans’ Mardi-Gras inspiration.
That’s what makes this entire “Earned” collection so special with the marriage of the old and the new, even in the case where traditional team colors are abandoned for tones and patterns still connected to each zip code and organization.
The 16 teams from the Eastern and Western Conference who earned the distinction of being part of this “Earned” collection include the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and the Washington Wizards.