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Cash or Trash: Ranking the Spurs' three new jersey designs

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#1: Black on black throwback

The George Gervin-era Spurs did not have the team success of the more recent Spurs greats, but the simple black-on-black is an awesome look. No accents, minimal trim, and a two-color scheme are very hard to beat. This is one of the best uniforms Nike has designed since they took over from Adidas in 2015. 

The funniest part of that? The best jerseys we have seen across the league have largely been throwbacks remastered by Nike. The worst jerseys we have seen are Boston’s City Edition uniforms, Miami’s ransom note jersey from 2019, and the sleeved uniforms from 2016. All of those were done by Nike, but when the throwbacks were new in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Adidas actually designed those. It’s just amusing that Nike’s best work was piggybacking off of their biggest rival. 

Piggybacking clearly works, as I am absolutely going to shell out the cash to buy one of these. Ultimately, that’s what makes a jersey great: do fans want to spend hard-earned money to buy them? The spots on this list are labeled #1, #2, and #3, but they could be as follows: “not for me,” “I’d take it as a gift,” and “there goes my paycheck.”

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The black on black firmly plants itself in the last one. 

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