Style is important to NBA players. Look at any fashion week coverage during the off-season and you’ll inevitably see several NBA players sitting front and center. The walk into the arena has become like a personal catwalk for the more fashion-focused players in the league. If style is so important to them off the court, looking good on the court probably is too.
With the announcement of new jerseys (stay tuned to WizardsXTRA for more coverage on that soon), we started wondering, what were the best jerseys in Washington franchise history? Here are some of our takes but we would love to hear your thoughts as well!
Chase Caroll: So listen, I’m definitely going to be in the minority here, not many people liked this jersey. The 2006 Wizards’ gold alternates were very short-lived, and maybe for good reason. I mean the Wizards color scheme isn’t even black and gold, so I understand why many don’t like it. But for me, this jersey is nostalgic of a time in Wizards basketball that truly cemented my love for the team.
I was just 10 years old when my favorite player, Gilbert Arenas, and the rest of the team wore this jersey, and it was the first jersey I ever got on my own. I traded my Allen Iverson pump-up-kicks to my friend for this version of the Wizards jersey because it had been my favorite, and let’s just say the shoes were a lot more expensive. All in all, the shorts are pretty ugly, and the jersey isn’t much better, but that’s the way I like it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thilan Wimalasiri: The gold on these jerseys shone so brightly it was as if King Midas himself had blessed them with his touch. The Wizards did not have the best of success in these unis, but nevertheless they provided us with their share of magical moments, such as when Agent Zero dropped 60 points at Staples Center against Kobe and the Lakers.
That night on December 17, 2006, Gilbert Arenas blazed through the court against the Black Mamba hitting jumpers, long-range shots and driving into the paint with ease while making contested layups. While not an aesthetic masterpiece, these jerseys still deserve their place in Wizards’ history as some of their top unis for the memories they created and to which we still hold on to all these years later.
Becca Winkert: I honestly don’t understand why this isn’t a fan favorite. I’ve heard so many negative comments about the Gold Jersey but for me, its one of the best. I think it’s because I’ve seen Gilbert go off on so many teams in this uniform. Many of Gilbert’s opponents have been burned by these jerseys. Prime Kobe was no exception.
Feelin’ the teal
Justin Redman: THESE WERE THE BEST. They were unique and fully embraced the “weird.” As clean as the current kits are, I think the best unis are the ones that don’t care if you think they look dumb — think the raptors dino jersey. This “Wizards” font is the closest we’ve come to that, and I love it.
Matt Modderno: Nine year old me was one of like 14 people in the DMV who loved the name change from Bullets to Wizards. At nine years old, Wizards were cool. And pretty much half the stuff I wore was teal anyway so this perfect for my wardrobe at the time. I was smitten with the unis and the future of the team.
Rod Strickland was fun to watch (even after a few hot dogs), Chris Webber was poised to be the franchise player for the next decade, and Juwan Howard was kind of “blah” but still pretty good. Life was good. Obviously, some things went awry after that but it ended up okay. My most indelible Wizards memories will be of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison running people in teal. That’s just where my mind immediately goes.
Kickin’ it old school
Aaron Leslie: My favorite jersey in Wizards history is definitely the red, white and blue Bullets jersey and not just because Wes Unseld used to don it, but because I think the overall look of this jersey is the best out of all of them. Paired with the short shorts that have the stars on the side is an all-time legendary look and I can only hope to one day have.
Looking back at photos of players rocking the Bullets red, white and blue jersey they just look stronger than players do today. The thin tank top is to thank for this look. Imagine how jacked Thomas Bryant would look wearing this jersey! This is without a doubt the cleanest jersey in Wizards history and one of the best jerseys in NBA history. I’d give this jersey an 8.7/10.
Stars and stripes…with a twist
Brandon Nguyen: The home jerseys the Wizards wore during their 2017 playoff run are my favorite Wizards jersey of all time. I wish the front office would go ahead and make this jersey the official home jersey of the Wizards. What made this jersey great to me is how simple the design is. It’s really just a white jersey with stars and stripes on it, but the way the colors and patterns were arranged made the jersey look unique.
Back in black
Matt Modderno: CLEAN! I love everything about these. The black is cool, the “district” logo is cool, having an alternate beyond some other generic combo of red, white and blue is cool. If you see me on the street, there’s a 75% chance I am wearing the black hoodie with this logo on it.
Becca Winkert: Black is my favorite color and it looks good on everyone. These jerseys are sophisticated and tough at the same time.
The Modernized Bullets Jersey
Leo Versel: This jersey from a few seasons ago is my favorite Wizards kit in recent memory. The clear, white accent pairs well with the team’s standard bright red and dark blue colors. The colorway for this jersey continues to be reflected in the team’s look today, with this look appearing in the current Association Edition kits.
From my experience, the prominent white color on this jersey is easy for players to sign, and this previous Adidas model is far more durable and manufactured in a better way than any of the Nike offerings.
The Blue Alternates
Andrew Carter: My favorite jersey is the blue alternate/statement jersey with the Washington word-mark. I love how the white bordering is used to accent the blue and red in the entire uniform. Plus having the monument/basketball logo on the side of the shorts is a big win in my books.