Breaking Down New Oklahoma City Thunder Alternate Uniforms

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

Image via John Rohde
Image via John Rohde

These days, less is more when it comes to NBA uniforms.

Take the new Oklahoma City Thunder alternate jerseys. Sleek. Sharp. Minimalist. You could argue a bit Brooklyn Nets-ish. 

And they'll be busting out these boys soon, according to the team's official Twitter account:

#Classic #Vertical #NavyBlue. Thunder to debut alternate uniforms @ home Fri vs DET. Jerseys @ ThunderShop Fri 8am.…

— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) November 8, 2012

If you put that next to a Brooklyn Nets uniform, it's hard to ignore that the Thunder were probably borrowing a bit from the Nets stripped-down, clean new look under Jay-Z and company.

Of course, the Thunder generally have pretty clean uniforms without too many frills, but this new edition is even more subdued and classy than the standard jerseys they wear.

I really, really like this look. It's got an old-school feel, but the white trim and modern font keep it locked in 2012 aesthetics. The vertical striping around the team name is a really nice, unique touch. And the blue-and-white mix and stylish use of open space rather than clutter on the shirt is a smart design.

I like this new breed of NBA uniforms. Do you remember how cartoonish NBA uniforms used to be?


No, I'm quite pleased with this new trend in the NBA. The Nets may have been accused of borrowing heavily from the Oakland Raiders and San Antonio Spurs in their new uniforms, but somewhat ironically, I also found it to be a very Manhattan look.

Walk around Manhattan on a Saturday night, and you'll mostly see designer jeans and black coats consisting of a variety of styles. Sexy but not too flashy, distinctive yet simple.

So I guess OKC has gone a bit Manhattan on us. It works, it really does. Of course, as long as those hideous Toronto Raptors uniforms never, ever return, I'll be pretty happy.


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