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The 15 Ugliest NBA Throwback Jerseys of All Time

The 15 Ugliest NBA Throwback Jerseys of All Time

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The NBA has some of the coolest old-school jerseys of any sport, but they also unfortunately have some pretty ugly ones. These 15 jerseys are eye sores and it's hard to believe any of them were actually a team's normal jerseys at some point.

15. Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards Ugly Throwback
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15. Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards Ugly Throwback
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The stripes on the old Washington Bullets uniforms just don't seem to work. Not to mention their team name was controversial given the violent crime in the Washington D.C. area.

14. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers Ugly Throwback
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14. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers Ugly Throwback
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Apparently nobody told the Indiana Pacers that pinstripes don't work on basketball uniforms. Even though they had some pretty solid teams that wore these jerseys, it doesn't make them any less ugly.

13. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs Ugly Throwback
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13. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs Ugly Throwback
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These San Antonio Spurs throwbacks look more like Los Angeles Clippers jerseys than anything else. The blue and red ensemble is better suited for the old ABA than any NBA team.

12. Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings Ugly Throwback
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12. Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings Ugly Throwback
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While these do look very old school, the Sacramento Kings throwback jerseys look pretty odd. The light blue and red along with the bubble lettering just don't do it for me.

11. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder Ugly Throwback
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11. Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder Ugly Throwback
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The first thing wrong with this is that the Oklahoma City Thunder technically don't have throwback jerseys. I guess that's a good thing because that means these fake throwbacks were never the normal jersey for a particular team.

10. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls Ugly Throwback
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10. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls Ugly Throwback
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These jerseys look more like the Chicago Cubs than the Chicago Bulls. Blue and red isn't a very good substitute for the normal black and red that the six-time champions normally sport.

9. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Ugly Throwback
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9. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets Ugly Throwback
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Another case of light blue and red clashing in a jersey, the Brooklyn Nets very feminine looking jerseys are pitiful. However, they're not as pitiful as the state of the team right now.

8. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Ugly Throwback
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8. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Ugly Throwback
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The Los Angeles Lakers were meant to wear purple and gold. Throwing any blue onto their jersey looks pretty ridiculous, even if it is Shaq who's wearing it.

7. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers Ugly Throwback
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7. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers Ugly Throwback
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Cleveland Cavaliers fans have plenty to cheer about now that LeBron James is back in town. They can also count themselves lucky the team rarely has to wear this old uniform anymore.

6. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies Ugly Throwback 1
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6. Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies Ugly Throwback 1
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No, just no. This mix of green and yellow doesn't work for the Memphis Grizzlies, nor would it work for any other team in the NBA.

5. Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Ugly Throwback
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5. Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets Ugly Throwback
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The Houston Rockets have some pretty cool retro jerseys, but this isn't one of them. Again, pinstripes don't work on basketball uniforms, even if the logo involved is pretty cool.

4. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks Ugly Throwback
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4. Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks Ugly Throwback
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Some of the Atlanta Hawks' old jerseys from the 1990s are awesome, but this particular choice is an eye sore. It looks like someone designed it online for their old men's league games.

3. Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons Ugly Throwback
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3. Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons Ugly Throwback
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Teal mixed with the flames on a blue Detroit Piston has to be one of the worst jersey choices ever. At least the Pistons were pretty good back when they wore those uniforms.

2. Memphis Grizzlies (Again)

Memphis Grizzlies Ugly Throwback
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2. Memphis Grizzlies (Again)

Memphis Grizzlies Ugly Throwback
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Apparently the Memphis Grizzlies just didn't like good-looking jerseys back in the day. Back when they were in Vancouver, their poor players had to wear these jerseys for every single game.

1. Miami Heat

Miami Heat Ugly Throwback
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1. Miami Heat

Miami Heat Ugly Throwback
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The Miami Heat's throwback jerseys look like popsicles. Just having a pink and orange line going down the side with a very generic black lettering font managed to make LeBron James look bad in an NBA uniform.