This Leaked Prototype Might Be Our First Look At Next Year’s Nike NBA Uniforms

11.04.16 10 months ago

NBA jerseys have featured an Adidas symbol since 2006 but, when the 2017-2018 season arrives, that will change in a big way. We have known that Nike won the bidding war to take over the NBA jersey sponsorship for more than a year, but on Friday, a prototype for what the Philadelphia 76ers jerseys will look like might have leaked.

The image above comes from a reputable source, though it should be noted that Conrad Burry of sportslogos.net did double back with the potential that it is simply a glance that could change prior to a formal unveiling. It is somewhat fitting that the leak would take place with the Sixers, simply because that particular organization has been a darling of Basketball Twitter for some time and the new-age, “process”-oriented approach would be in line with a forward-thinking move for Nike and the league.

As for logistics, Philadelphia was the first organization to enter into a partnership with a jersey advertiser when the Sixers partnered with StubHub for three seasons, and the placement and prominence of those patches will be interesting to monitor. In addition, this presumed mock-up features a fairly large Nike “swoosh” symbol that, at least from this shot, appears to be a lot more visible than its predecessor.

At any rate, information about how Nike will tweak various jerseys around the league will undoubtedly surface at times during the 2016-2017 season, but we know that the world’s leading athletic shoe brand will be featured beginning in 2017-2018 and intrigue will follow.

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