Jack’s Top 10 76ers Uniforms
Hey guys, back again with another Top 10 uniform rankings. This is the 3rd rendition of this having already done the Flyers and Eagles. Today, I have the Philadelphia 76ers. Probably my favorite of the 4 teams visually I am going to warn you most of you probably will not like this list and I will try to give my best reasoning as to why I have ranked everything the way I have. Like from before, home and away count as individuals and all the Nike alternates are fair game. So let’s get into my top 10 76ers uniforms of all time.
10: 1965/1966 Home Uniform
Coming in 10th on my list is probably what you think of when you think of the early Sixers days of Wilt and company. Unique in the cumberbund style it has, this has a vintage look and was brought back in the early 2000s as a throwback. While it is something that really hasn’t held up to the test of time it symbolizes a lot and laid the groundwork for future jerseys for the Sixers and has been a look that really has not been seen by any other teams since then.
9: 1997-2007 Away
This is gonna get me killed, I don’t like the Iverson look that much. The 1990s-2000s was a time where everyone decided to rebrand their looks and change things up. Some teams came out looking great (Lakers) and others fell on their face (Houston) and Philly ended up in the middle. Deciding to spice things up for their new era they went with Black, White, Red, and Gold as their primary color scheme. While in a vacuum it is not a bad design, the lore and history before and after just leaves this as a sore spot. But like I said on its own, the font is unique and the script is well done and easy to read. People are nostalgic for the Iverson era (which I think is overrated but that is for another day) so this ranks as so many people’s favorite look as it is mentioned every day to be a throwback but in my mind it is alright but not legendary.
8: 2019 Earned Edition
A common thing I have mentioned before is that simplicity is key. Now don’t get me wrong, a complex look is great but you don’t need to be detailed to have an amazing jersey. I introduce you to the short-tenured Earned uniform. Given to the 16 teams who made playoffs the season before this is such a beautiful look. While the season’s city edition is okay this makes it even better. Plain white jersey with the same number style and 13 blue stars surrounding the number it is perfect. Displays the team’s name and origin without even saying a word and is just beautiful. Did I mention the shorts logo, that should be a full-time logo for the 76ers next year it is amazing.
7: 1994-1997 Home
One of the major gripes I have against the redesign in the late ’90s is that it shortened the run of this beautiful look. Bringing in a new style but keeping the same ideals the main thing people think of when they see this is Allen Iverson crossing up Michael Jordan as a rookie. The 76ers were bad and they wanted to get away from that era so this jersey had to be scrapped too which is such a shame. Using a new Sixers font almost boxed in, it introduced a new curvy font to it as well but kept the color scheme the same. Making it look modern, it did a pretty good job with it but like mentioned above it did not last long. Mitchell and Ness have helped bring some popularity to this design which is a good thing because this is too good of a look to be lost because of the team’s performance.
6: 1970/71 Alternate
This 10-year timeline from 1965-1966 to 1975-1976 holds about half of my list so let’s get into this one. Being one of the two alternates from this set, this was one of the inspirations for the current set we see today. This is not a complex look, blue lettering and numbers on a red base. The blue really gets to pop in this look and I am a big fan of the “Phila” wording on the jersey and so glad that it was brought back recently into the new look. The blue on red is something we don’t see often in this way and it was a stark contrast to the looks of the past while keeping it simple. This is probably one of the lesser-known looks but still stands as one of the best.
5: 1991-1994 Home
Like I mentioned earlier, the 90’s were a time for whacky designs in all sports not just exclusively basketball. So many fans rush to hate this jersey but I personally love it. The shooting stars look it has come to been known as is so bad that it’s good. I am a big fan of a few things this uniform does. First is the main piece of it all, a trail of shooting stars going from the base of the shorts to the chest of the jersey. Shorts often get thrown to the side when discussing these looks but this is incorporated into the whole design that you can’t forget it and I am a big fan. The second is the shadow font. I absolutely love this number font and it is probably my favorite look and has been seen on so many great looks like the Lakers and the current Sixers, the blue shadowing the red is beautiful and really helps make it pop. So while everyone is so quick to claim this as one of the worst, I sit on the other side #EmbraceDebate.
4: 1970/71 Cursive
I was giddy like no other when the first teaser for this dropped in July. I had seen the photos of this look from when it was worn in the early 70’s. It was my holy grail jersey, but because of the rarity of it I could never find it and with nobody knowing of it, a throwback did not seem to be in the cards. But when it was announced it was a dream come true and I do not get the hate for this look at all. The font is incredibly unique and only time the full Seventy Sixers moniker has been displayed. I love cursive scripts so that may have been a part of that also. The shorts are also simple but beautiful. The striped border along the edges makes it perfect and it is such a shame the NBA season could be over before these guys can see the light of day. But I am forever grateful for the opportunity I got to be able to buy one of these.
3: 1971-1976 Away
When I saw the teaser in July of 2019, my mind went to two separate looks. The first was the look I talked about above, the 2nd place was this design. The Pacman look it is known by, the bulky 70’s font is a playful design that is not too detailed and I feel it is done just right. Looking like it almost right out of “Schoolhouse Rock” it displays the 70’s era of the Sixers perfectly. Having the stars along the sides is a perfect touch and something I love that every Sixers jersey that has included it. The White font really pops for this style and is another not commonly known look that I would love to have as a throwback someday. I just want a Billy Cunningham throwback Mitchell and Ness is that too much to ask for?
2: 2017- Present Day Icon
Man are these beautiful or what. Currently Philly sports are witnessing great looks in all 4 sports which is so rare and incredible. The first rendition of this was seen in 2015 and was much simpler. When Nike took over in 2017, they made it even better. Remember when I mentioned the shadow drop was one of my favorite styles for a font earlier on? Well this is a major reason as to why this is so high. The Royal blue is such a good base and the side stars are brilliant. The font is simple but attractive and the Phila is the same way. It is simple but at the same time so deep that it is amazing on so many levels. A modern rendition of so many classic looks put together is perfect and I really do not know if there are any changes that I would make to this. I hope this is around for a very long time.
1: 2017- Present Day Association
Like I mentioned above these are perfect. There is really nothing about them that I would change. The reason I have this above the Icon is that I think that the shadowing and font pops better on the white and gives a really great look. The red is a great shadow on this color and everything just looks incredibly clean. Everything I mentioned above about the Icon fits here. The stars, the font, everything is done great and it can’t be understated how beautiful these are.