In recent years, NBA uniforms have become anything but…uniform. Gone are the days of turning on your tv and easily identifying even your favorite NBA team. The Orlando Magic now sometimes wear orange. The Houston Rockets are regularly bouncing up and down the court in blue threads. Each team now has at least four different uniforms, often more. Who’s wearing which color is a guessing game at this point.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are no different. Though they’ve been pretty consistent in sticking with the same colors (mainly wine, gold, black, white) recently, Cleveland is slated to wear four different uniforms throughout the 2020-21 campaign. In fact, they’ve already worn each uniform at least once. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder, but results (as in the Cavs record) are black and white.
The Cavs have undoubtedly performed best in their newest uniforms: The City/Rock Edition.
The uniform was debuted just prior to the start of the season and was created in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In the five games that the Cavaliers have worn the predominantly black uniform, they’ve posted a 4-1 record. Arguably their two biggest wins of the season (both against the Brooklyn Nets) came when Cleveland rocked out in their City Edition unis, and Collin Sexton was definitely in a starring role.
Cavs fans should be familiar with their “Icon/Wine” set. This has been worn most often through the first third of the season (12 games total). And as any wine drinker will tell you, there’s generally mixed results when you combine wine with your evening. And that’s exactly how this Cavs season has played out.
In the 12 games the Cavaliers wore their Icon/Wine threads, the team has had some good nights and some bad nights, recording 6 wins and 6 losses in those 12 games.
If I’m Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, I might be tempted to waive the white flag on the “Association/White” get up. When Cleveland’s worn their mostly white wardrobe it hasn’t been a good look – losing all 9 games they’ve played.
Often dubbed “the Wine and Gold” which were the original team colors and remain amongst their primary colors today, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a fourth uniform in their closet. The Statement/Jumpman jersey.
This is also mainly black and features a Jordan logo on the upper right portion of the jersey. Sexton, Darius Garland, and the Cavaliers have been in the Statement/Jumpman ensemble only once to date, losing at home to the Los Angeles Lakers behind noted wine drinker LeBron James’ 46 points.
Nearly 30 games into the season, the early numbers are in and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (City/Rock Edition) seems to have another hit on their hands.