What will the 76ers Heritage Uniforms look like?
This upcoming season the NBA will be changing the concept of their City Edition uniforms for the league’s 75th anniversary. Each team’s uniform will be a mashup of several jerseys from their history. Some of these designs have leaked, including the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. So far, the designs are very hit or miss. Here’s a look at the leaked ones so far for reference.
For example, the Brooklyn Nets mashed up the color scheme of the early 2000s’ Nets alongside the font and style of the 1990s’ uniform. For the 76ers, there are a few routes they could go down, but for the most part, there seems to be a primary style in place based on other teams and how they feel about their past.
The first thing to go off of is Chris Heck’s hatred of the black and gold uniforms. Heck reluctantly brought black uniforms back this past season, and any chance to see the Iverson uniforms wouldn’t be until 2026 likely, the 25th anniversary of the 76ers’ 2001 Finals team. So with that in mind, red and blue will almost certainly be the uniform’s colors.
The next piece is the NBA 2K22 trailer. 2K likely has their hands on the designs already because they are implemented in the game when they are made public. 2K used the 76ers’ late 1970s uniforms in their trailer for no reason. Why would they choose a throwback the team doesn’t wear in such a short clip?
Some ideas floated around by fans and uniform experts regarding what the team might wear next season. Conrad Burry had a great design but based on Heck’s mindset, it’s likely this won’t be the choice.
Every piece of the jersey will reflect an era, so if I had to guess, the primary color is going to be red since the red statement uniforms are likely changing soon. The jersey’s wordmark would probably be from the jerseys from Iverson’s rookie season. Philly loves the side stars, so those might be implemented from the late 70s design.
Talking with some people around the league, I also wouldn’t be shocked to see the Pac-Man wordmark be used, with rumblings of it returning in years prior. It’s a unique design that would look great on a jersey in the modern era.
Another piece could be the shooting star look from the early 90s, which hasn’t been seen in almost 30 years. I don’t think anything from the classic jerseys from 2019/2020 will be used since they want a fresh look.
The good news is that the 76ers have mostly kept the same template for their entire history but also have many unique ideas to build upon. More information continues to leak around the league about this season’s City Editions, so there’s a chance we finally get a look at the design in the coming weeks.
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