The OKC Thunder have certainly had a variety of City Edition jersey’s over the years. With the 75th Anniversary of the league this season, there will undoubtedly be some fun nuances that fans will be excited to see.
The NBA will be paying tribute to the 75th Anniversary by having historic matchups, a new logo, and uniforms highlighting this particular year. Along with the City Editon uniform, three teams will showcase the Classic Edition uniform this season.
That trio is the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and New York Knicks who will be the only teams to wear such jerseys in honor of being three of the league’s original franchises.
In addition to these uniforms, the league will have a 75th-anniversary version paying homage to past uniforms and logos. Will this be the year OKC decides to release a Sonics jersey that will indubitably cause Twitter to explode?
OKC Thunder: When will OKC drop its latest City Edition jersey?
Unfortunately, the OKC Thunder has yet to unveil its City Edition uniform, so TI will look at a few jerseys around the league that have already leaked as well as an article by ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe. This article breaks down his favorite kits (amongst many other random items) for the upcoming season.
Moreover, I will select my favorite OKC Thunder City Edition Jersey since 2017, which was the inception of the City Edition concept.
My favorite City Edition Jersey from OKC is, without a doubt, the 2018 edition inspired by Native American influences. The color scheme is unbelievable as it is incredibly subtle, but at the same time, it stands out!
OKC Thunder: More Jersey Analysis
In a recent Zach Lowe article via ESPN, Lowe breaks down his ten favorite teams based on star potential, style, league pass appeal, and unintentional comedy. Much different from power rankings albeit, still entertaining nonetheless. Intentions chimed in on his placement of the OKC Thunder.
Lowe lists many apparent candidates such as Golden State, Milwaukee, and the Lakers as his top four. He ends up selecting Brooklyn as his first choice overall. However, my biggest takeaway from the article had nothing to do with the aesthetic or style of basketball. It was when Lowe refers to Billy Donovan as “the least funny coach in the NBA.” (If I could insert a “cry face” emoji here, I would)
Lowe never disappoints when it comes to creativity.
Finally, TI will look at the three Classic Edition Uniforms in honor of the 75 Anniversary.
I enjoy all three of these kits, but I will have to say I am leaning towards the Golden State Warriors jersey (formerly known as the Philadelphia Warriors, as seen in this photo) because of the simplicity and the historical element that it brings to the table.
OKC Thunder: 75th year will be significant for Thunder fans:
It is still unclear as to what trendy new jersey Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be wearing this season, but Thunder fans can at least count on two additions to their collection for sure. The only question fans should ask themselves is, “Do I want to see SGA in a throwback Seattle Supersonics jersey?”
A debate topic looming all year is, do the OKC Thunder use Seattle with any part of its game plan moving forward? OKC has made it clear by not attributing the gold patch on the back of its jersey (highlighting the franchises only championship in 1979) that the organization does not want anything to do with the Supersonics in that regard.
How will the franchise choose to handle the 75th Anniversary?
Leave a comment below, letting me know your favorite OKC Thunder City Edition jersey or any uniform from the past!
Be on the lookout for my follow-up article after the new 75th anniversary City Edition uniforms drop.