Mavericks Unveil Neon, Graffiti-Inspired City Edition Uniforms
Dallas Mavericks city jerseys over the past three years pic.twitter.com/BB0BYHPljj— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) November 19, 2019
The Mavericks officially unveiled their new City Edition uniforms, which will "feature the new 'Art+Basketball' design" starting with Clippers-Mavericks next Tuesday, according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The new jerseys, which will be worn 22 times, will be "available for purchase online at DallasMavs.shop and at Mavs Hangar stores" at the American Airlines Center starting that same day. The Mavericks partnered with Dallas native Tex Moton, graffiti shop Infinite Crew co-Founder and Already Design Co. Chief Creative Officer, to design the jerseys (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/20). SI.com's Mike Fisher wrote the NBA's City Edition uniforms are "meant to demonstrate a tie with the teams' local culture, and there is supposed to be room for creativity" (SI.com, 11/18).
NOT EXACTLY WELL RECEIVED: In N.Y., Sarah Valenzuela writes the Mavs' jerseys are "terrible in nearly every way." The top of the uniform "begins with an old-school Mavericks baby blue, and fades into the navy blue of modern Mavs unis." This is "accompanied with neon green piping, and lettering in the style of cartoonish graffiti, also highlighted in nuclear vomit green." If there are "any positives ... they are overshadowed by the total product looking like a knock-off Fresh Prince of Bel-Air logo or a mid-2000s re-launch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/20). FORBES' Demetrius Bell wrote the "script logo is atrocious," and these uniforms "may end up being memorable for all of the wrong reasons." This look "just comes off as being really contrived and forced instead of being genuinely inspired." These jerseys will "go down as one of those uniforms that you think of when you try to come up with the uglier basketball uniforms in the history of the NBA" (FORBES.com, 11/19).
YOU BELONG TO THE CITY: The Mavs were not the only team to unveil their City uniforms, as the 76ers last night offered a "first look at the finished design" of the team's new jerseys. The "look brings back the off-white base color and Declaration of Independence-inspired font from the Sixers’ 'City Edition' uniforms of two seasons ago, this time with 'Philadelphia' written across the chest in full." The bicentennial-styled 76 "returns on the shorts, and the jerseys make use of a new number font that is somewhat reminiscent of what the team used" from '63-65 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/20). Meanwhile, the Nuggets also unveiled their new threads. After reintroducing their "retro rainbow uniforms last season with the modern white look, they bounced back" with a black edition for '19-20 (DENVER POST, 11/20).
BRICK CITY: In Milwaukee, JR Radcliffe notes the Bucks officially unveiled their “Cream City” jersey, which will be "worn 20 times" during the rest of the '19-20 season and make its debut Nov. 30 at Fiserv Forum when the Bucks host the Hornets. The cream colored uniform and name on the front is a "nod to Milwaukee’s nickname, referencing the brand of bricks used to build several Milwaukee-area buildings in the 19th century." The uniform includes "green and blue striping on the front reminiscent of the Bucks’ early days, and the shorts feature the stylized 'M' that’s hidden in the Bucks logo." The jersey is part of the NBA's City Edition jersey collection and "joins three others in rotation this year for the Bucks." The jerseys go on sale Nov. 27, available at 8:00am CT at the Bucks Pro Shop inside Fiserv Forum and Bayshore Town Center and then at 6:00pm online (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/20).