As part of the league’s 75th anniversary celebration, the NBA unveiled a one-season schedule, showing a detailed uniform schedule for all 30 teams, on its Vision locker website.
A total of 123 different uniforms will be worn throughout the league during the 2021-22 regular season, with teams each receiving four jersey editions: Association, Icon, City and Statement.
In addition to the four base jerseys, three of the league’s original franchises, the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors (then Philadelphia) and Boston Celtics, will also be wearing a fifth “Classic edition” uniform at the start of the season and in December. Drawing inspiration from design details found in their 1947 uniforms, each team will launch their retro-inspired jerseys next week, starting with the Knicks on October 20, followed by the Warriors on October 21 and the Celtics on October 22.
Additionally, for the Diamond Anniversary, the Nike swoosh logo on the chest and shorts and NBA logos on the waist tag and back will feature iridescent diamond texture details and embellishments.
According to Christopher Arena, NBA senior vice president of kit, identity and gear, 94% of regular season games will feature a “unique” combination of uniforms and field designs, with only a limited number of repeated looks.
“Locker Vision provides users with a view 30,000 feet from each [jersey] editing, ”said Arena.
Initially, the Locker Vision interface was an internal platform for teams to select their home kit for the season, with visiting teams then making their selection of road jerseys. Team Equipment Managers also come in specific ‘pro cut’ uniform sizes for all players, making the process easier in the event of a trade or a mid-season deal.
After Nike struck an eight-year billion dollar deal with the NBA to become the league’s official equipment supplier from the 2017-18 season, Locker Vision became a public portal for fans to dive into. and access in 2018.
This season’s version of the website features design details for each uniform, along with the accompanying pitch designs for each game. All team accessories are specified, including warm-up clothes and even the design and color of the towels the players will use on the bench.
Arena said this season’s jersey assortment has been in the works for three years, with the league’s looks for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons nearing completion as well.
In each Locker Vision uniform preview image, the player model wears an all-new Nike basketball prototype in matching team colors. However, starting with the 2018-19 season, the NBA has effectively dropped its color restrictions, allowing players to wear shoes of any color on any night of the season.
“It was really an opportunity for the players to show their individuality and to partner with their shoe maker to tell a more unique story that they want to tell,” said Arena. “The sneaker culture embraced it, and [people] is looking forward to it. “
Nike and the NBA will use the Christmas Day lineup to showcase the latest City Edition jerseys. Only the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns will repeat their City jerseys from last season, with the remaining 28 teams showing off new “hyperlocal” City looks later this fall.
Additionally, in the first three seasons of the Nike partnership, only the owner of Michael Jordan Charlotte hornets sported Jordan Brand’s Jumpman logo on his socks and uniforms. This approach has changed since last season, with the Jumpman appearing on the Statement jerseys of all 30 teams.
“As we were talking about the partnership and where we could get Jordan Brand more involved, that idea of the Statement edition and Michael Jordan, and the way he played and made a statement on the pitch seemed to match,” he said. declared Arena. “When [players] having that on your chest kind of locks in that statement mindset. “