Among many other things, ESPN's critically-acclaimed series "The Last Dance" reminded us of some of the greatest jerseys in NBA history, a large majority of which were worn in the 1980s and 1990s.
Not only did Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls' teams always sport a clean look, but so did many of their main rivals. Specifically, "The Last Dance" highlighted two different opponents that the Bulls defeated in the NBA Finals that had very aesthetically-pleasing jerseys during the 1990s.
With all of this in mind, we decided to break down the 15 greatest uniforms in NBA history. Here's the RADIO.COM Sports crack at ranking the greatest threads the league has ever seen:
15. Detroit Pistons' “Bad Boys” Away Jersey – Worn From 1981–1996
I’m going to be honest. Those teal Pistons jerseys, featuring that brooding, mythical-looking horse engulfed in flames, are awesome. They're awesome. But unfortunately, it had to be paired with its red counterpart, which just doesn’t work. The teal is great. The red is not.
But there’s no bad side to the jerseys featured recently, and quite prominently, in “The Last Dance.” Watching the swagger of Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Mark Aguirre and the rest of the squad don these sleek unis and get after their opponents was a joy. From 1981 to 1996, the Pistons rocked these bad boys while they called themselves the Bad Boys -- a fitting name given their jersey style and their play style.
It was after 1996 that the teal and red jersey set came into play, but the Pistons have reverted back to their basic blue, red and white ways in homage to arguably the most fun era of Pistons basketball. - Jordan Cohn
14. Golden State Warriors’ “Steph Curry Era” Home Jerseys – Worn From 2010-Present
The navy blue look that the Warriors had from 1989-2010 actually wasn't a bad look, as evidenced by the fact that the current installment of the team will occasionally wear them as throwbacks. Still, the team returned to its jersey roots in 2010 when they elected to wear a jersey that paid homage to the bay area on a full-time basis again.
Not only have the Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green (and sometimes Kevin Durant) Warriors been one of the most successful teams in NBA history, they've done it while wearing arguably the best jerseys in the sport.
One way or another, the Warriors were going to find themselves on this list. If not this jersey, the ones that the team wore from 1966-1971 that had a script that read "The City" would have made the list. The fact that those jerseys were yellow knocked them down a few pegs, but they were still a pretty awesome look, one that definitely inspired the Golden Gate Bridge being featured on the team's current jerseys. - Tim Kelly
13. Atlanta Hawks’ “Dominique Wilkins Era” Red Away Jerseys: Worn From 1982–1992
We'll admit, the red jerseys with the obnoxiously large Hawk that Atlanta wore from 1995-1999 are a guilty pleasure of ours. Still, there's little debate about what the greatest look in team history is.
From 1982-1995, the Hawks managed to make a slanted jersey script look pretty incredible, both in the primary red jersey that you see above and the primary white one that they were during the period. When Lil Wayne rapped "In that red-and-yellow thing, old school Atlanta Hawk" on the 2008 song "Mr. Carter," he was picturing Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb in these.
This is the type of jersey that wouldn't look dated if worn as a primary jersey in 2020. In fact, it would behoove the Hawks to ditch the disastrous red, black and neon yellow look that they've had since 2012 and go back to these jerseys on a full-time basis. - Tim Kelly
12. Chicago Bulls’ Black Pinstriped Alternates: First Introduced During 1995–96 Season
I’m all for the red Bulls jersey. No, not the New York soccer team’s jerseys, but the red version of the Chicago Bulls uniform that has been in use since 1985. The one that MJ wore when he hit his world-famous game-winner against the Jazz in the 1998 Finals.
I also like the White version of those jerseys. You know, the one in which Jordan hit six threes in the first half against the Blazers in 1992 before letting out his famous shrug.
But the black jerseys have to take the cake. Black isn’t the most common color for NBA unis, but some of the greatest NBA jerseys we’ve ever seen have been jet black, making the rest of the jersey design pop out. The Bulls’ pinstriped unis are no exception, but there are several other primarily black jerseys that beat out Chicago’s on this list. - Jordan Cohn