Report Card Grades for OKC Thunder's New Alternate Uniforms

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent INovember 8, 2012

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Every once in a while, an NBA team will unveil a new alternate uniform. More often than not, these new duds are just plain awful.

This time, it is the Oklahoma City Thunder who have made some of us want to scratch our eyes out.

In their game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Kevin Durant & Co. will debut the latest wardrobe travesty.  Even though the Thunder will surely win the game, the performance will be overshadowed by the atrocious uniforms.

In fact, let's have a look at everything that is wrong with OKC's alternate jerseys.

First off, the color is just plain boring and anomalous. Navy blue? What's thunderous about that?

Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying that the Thunder's regular jerseys are the greatest in the league, but they're still worlds better than this monstrosity. The light shade of blue combined with the orange at least jumps out at the eye, and has its own way of firing up the fans when the Thunder go on a tear.

That said, if a team simply MUST have an alternate jersey of some sort, at least make it something that'll jump out at the fans, no matter how bad it is. The New York Knicks got it right this year, even if it does look like they just took their home jerseys and dumped them in a vat of orange soda.

The same can be said about the Miami Heat, who sometimes wear replicas of the now-defunct ABA Miami Floridians jerseys. They aren't the usual alternate Miami jerseys and are absolutely hideous, but they still catch people's eye and hold everyone's attention.

The Thunder's new alternate jerseys, however, do everything except that. Instead of having any type of panache, they instead look like a jersey some D-League team looked at and went, "Um...NO!"

Thus, while they may be a fun team to watch, the Thunder's new alternate jerseys have the exact opposite effect.

When it comes to basketball duds, this one is an absolute snoozer.

Grade: D-