Basketball jersey design: 50 best uniforms (photos)
People have different preferences, and their likes and dislikes show through what they buy and own. For instance, basketball is a global game with fans from every part of the world. These fans follow the game and adore many players. It is no surprise to see some of your friends wearing Steph Curry jerseys. What if you want a custom uniform with your name? Which basketball jersey design will you go for?
Let us backtrack a bit. When you mention the word basketball, two most likely things will come to mind - the NBA and USA basketball. However, that does not take away the skill level and progress that other countries are making regarding the game. A classic example is Spain that won the 2019 FIBA world cup. Anyway, when customizing a jersey, you are most likely to be inspired by an NBA or USA superstar.
Where can I design my own basketball jersey?
You can try different platforms that allow uniform customization, but the Nike official website is a reliable option. The site has three main customization features with sub-options for even better customization options than you may need. Your design can be in any color of your choice, have the desired font style, and rock the text you want.
Which is the best basketball jersey design?
Art and design are relative and objective. A design might be great, according to you, but that may not be the case to the person next to you. Go through the options listed below and pick your best design.
NBA jersey design
Currently, the NBA has 30 teams, so you have plenty of options here. When customizing your apparel, you can borrow ideas from the official uniform of the team that you support. You can copy the font design, uniform color, or the font color.
If you are a Miami Heat fan, then this Tyler Herro apparel can be your go-to option. When making a custom copy, you will have the freedom to change the color and even the name.
This illustration is quite striking and unique. It is the kind of build that will stand out when you finally get the t-shirt.
Where are those Ben Simmons fans at? Anyway, you can have a custom design based on the above official uniform. There are several things you can change on this t-shirt. You can play around with the font color, size, and font face.
The Clippers are in town and want to take over Los Angeles, led by Kahwi Leonard, who wears the number two uniform. Get this uniform early enough before they become the newest champions in town.
This option is the exact build as its predecessor, but with white as the primary color.
This Warriors t-shirt can be your go-to option then have your name embroidered at the back.
With the passing of Kobe, getting an LA number eight attire will be a nice way of honoring him.
The team you support does not have to limit your design ideas. For instance, the above image is for a Washington Wizards uniform that you can use.
USA basketball jersey design
The United States of America has been dominating the FIBA World Cup and Olympics for many decades. Given the success of this team on those two world-stage competitions, the uniforms of its players are easy to recognize.
For many USA players, wearing the red and blue jersey is a big honor. You can share in the same feeling of glory by getting a custom attire with your name printed at the back.
To many, the USA basketball jersey is the gold standard. You can be part of that pride by designing your preferred attire with inspiration from the men's uniform.
This all-white team USA uniform reminds me of the Summer Olympics of 2016. Given the fact that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until 2021, this could a good time to remind yourself of the dominance of the USA basketball team four years ago by getting the above illustration.
Here is another variation of a USA team attire that you can build and have a custom name and number printed.
Provided you are working with the usual team USA uniform colors; you have the freedom to build any custom t-shirt you want.
You do not have to shy away from the popular number 23 when customizing your uniform.
Gray basketball jersey design
Besides drawing inspiration from the NBA and USA national team when creating a unique attire, one can also base their customization on a color. Here are examples of gray uniforms.
This sleeveless t-shirt is a very simple piece. The three main things you can change here are the base color, font face and size, and the color of the font.
This second image shows you how you can make further changes to the first one. The fill color on the number is now light blue. Compared to the first image, this one also has light-blue side chevrons.
Here is a mock-up illustration of how you can put together a unique build with gray as the primary color.
This kind of uniform looks like one that the Celtics would wear.
Navy blue side panels with red piping is a small modification that you can do to build a custom attire.
Find the right blend of navy blue with yellow.
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Yellow basketball jersey design
As mentioned, your customization on a t-shirt can be based on a color. When it comes to yellow, you will probably think of the Indiana Pacers uniform. Also, for the most part, many people think the Lakers' attire is yellow, although it is purple and gold.
Anyway, for as much as your base color here will be yellow, you will be forgiven to use ideas from the uniforms of the Pacers and Lakers.
If you watch the NBA, then it will be easy for you to know where the above t-shirt and short drew their inspiration.
Here is a simple combination of yellow and red.
The yellow-dominant uniform in the illustration above is simple. Just throw in a few navy blue strips with the attire number in white.
You can also go for a simple build of yellow as the primary color with red as the second one. The other things that you can change are the team name as well as the uniform number.
Now, the above illustration most likely stands out on this list of yellow-based uniforms.
Although the Warriors are no longer a powerhouse in the NBA at the moment, you cannot take away the greatness of the baby-faced assassin Curry. That is enough reason for getting a number 30 jersey as a way of showing respect to Steph.
Black basketball jersey design
When talking about black jerseys, you will probably be referring to the San Antonio Spurs' official uniform.
Do not feel left out now that you cannot watch DeMar DeRozan dunk on his opponents because of the 2020 NBA suspended season. How about you create a custom uniform that you can wear as you self-quarantine?
Working with black as the primary color gives you limitless options for building unique illustrations. Is the above attire color combination good enough for your consideration?
It turns out combining athletic gold and maze yellow on black gives a nice uniform that you can wear to watch live games or as sporty wear.
This illustration looks like a Phoenix Suns uniform. It is a build design that you can consider if you love Devin Booker.
While playing for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant rocked the number 35. As such, if this illustration is one that you can consider, then it is more of supporting the ever efficient KD.
Remember when the Heat was the team to beat in the NBA? How about opting for the iconic number three jersey that Dwayne Wade wore?
White basketball jersey design
You can come up with great designs with white as the base color. Here are some ideas that you can use as inspiration.
One can opt for this style if you love white. The final build has a nice blend of white, black, and charcoal, both on the shirt and short. The good thing about this build is that you still have several areas that you can change.
This second build is based on the first one. The few changes that you can notice right of the bat are the color of the waistband, the font face of the team name, and the font style of the player number.
One look at the above uniform design is enough to remind you of the Charlotte Hornets uniform. It goes to show you that by using white as the primary color, you have limitless options.
In this example, the side panel, piping, waistband, and sleeve are all in teal or navy blue.
How about getting a Golden State Warriors inspired custom uniform? When customizing this shirt and short, start with white then use blue and yellow for the detailing.
Every NBA fan knows the iconic Chicago Bulls jersey. In the photo shown above, the uniform rocks number 24, although the most famous number is 23 - worn by Michael Jordan. You have the option though to change the number and team name.
Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, the Lakers were high-flying. That is one reason for getting a custom jersey with gold and purple colors. Or, how about opting for this style as a way of remembering Kobe?
Green basketball jersey design
Green jerseys are also a thing. It is easy to use green as your base color and come up with tons of variations. Here are some ideas.
The most familiar green uniform from where you can draw some inspiration when designing your attire is the Celtics' official jersey. As an idea, you can use the above build to come up with something unique. For instance, this build has the Jason Tatum number zero on it. Pick another number if you want and do the same to the name.
Go for a build like the one shown here if you are a Celtics fan and love Kemba Walker. He wears the number eight for this team from Boston.
Do you recognize the jersey number shown in the illustration above? If not, it is the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo's number. The dominant color is dark green, with many options that you can explore when making your illustration.
Here is a slight modification to the previous illustration. A close look at this modified version will reveal the gray piping, sleeves, and second color around the team name and number.
This illustration is a good example that you have the freedom you want when building an attire based on your preferences. In this case, the name and number of the uniform have been changed.
Charcoal side panels and gray piping are the other modifications that you can make on this illustration.
Blue basketball jersey design
Blue is popular as a primary color for basketball shorts and t-shirts. Take a look at the following illustrations inspired by uniforms from the Clippers, Mavericks, Thunder, Heat, Pistons, Warriors, Sixers, Magic, and Knicks.
Take cues from the official Mavs' uniform, and you could come up with an illustration like the one shown above.
Who are the kings of Los Angeles? If you vouch for the Clippers, then the above illustration can be an option.
The above illustration is a close representation of a popular jersey in Minnesota. Number 32 is what Karl-Anthony Towns while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Although he no longer plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook wore the number zero jersey. With his historic triple-double numbers throughout his career there and that is why this t-shirt is famous.
This Columbia blue combination of orange, black, and white is another option you can consider.
The slanted team name is another design idea that you can use when building a custom attire.
You can have as much fun as you want when picking a basketball jersey design from the listed options. The illustrations described here can also give you great ideas on the features of a uniform that you can change to have a unique attire at the end of your build. Let your imagination run wild.
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