The NBA wraps up the City series rollout – ESPN

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After a flurry of unveilings, NBA teams have finished rolling out this season’s City Edition uniforms. Twenty-nine of the league’s 30 teams have new City designs (the Jazz are sticking with last season’s design), and they’ll start appearing on the court on Friday night.

Your friendly uniform columnist has already assessed and graded the first and second rounds of this year’s City designs. Here are some thoughts on the third and final round of releases, from best to worst:

New Orleans Pelicans

Pelicans’ new City alternate.

— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) November 9, 2018

Oooh, beauty. Easily the best uniform the Pelicans have ever worn. Only the flush-left number, which feels a bit off (wouldn’t centered or even flush right be better?), keeps this one from getting a perfect mark. Grade: A

Boston Celtics

Good look at Celtics’ new City alternate.

— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) November 9, 2018

Green and gold? Always a winning combination here at Uni Watch HQ, plus it’s a quantum leap over last season’s gray City alternate. Grade: A-

Golden State Warriors

Warriors’ new City alternates.

— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) November 9, 2018

The Warriors’ old “The City” design continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Last year, the team riffed on that theme by creating alternate uniforms emblazoned with “The Town” and “The Bay,” and now they have a new Bay-themed design. It’s another winner, although a splash of additional color wouldn’t hurt. Grade: A-

Houston Rockets

Comparison of Rockets’ City alternates. Last season on left, this season (just released) on right.

— Paul Lukas

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