It looks like it’s the Markelle Fultz publicity tour this week. Yesterday he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies game (strike-ish?), and today he is modeling the Sixers’ new-ish Nike uniforms, complete with StubHub patch and, for Markelle, confirmation of the number 20.
As we’ve discussed before, Nike is implementing four jerseys for each NBA team, rebranding home and away and adding two sets of alternates. Curiously absent from this re-launch for the Sixers is the red uniform the team seems to have gotten away from in recent years. They feel blue is their identity color, and unsurprisingly the focus seems to be on those jerseys here. As best as I can tell, there’s no indication as to which jersey – blue or white – will serve as the home jersey, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the blue one.
Here, have a closer look:
There’s very little difference between these and the jerseys the Sixers unveiled in 2015:
New additions include a Swoosh, the StubHub logo, and a red drop shadow around the white letters and numbers. [I’m sure Fashion Editor Dan will point out some things I missed.] There’s also a small “Brotherly Love” in that part of the jersey you can only see when it comes untucked after Joel Embiid pulls off a devastating chase-down block:
So what about the two sets of alternates? I would suspect that red will remain in the mix for one of them and have heard that the Sixers plan on debuting at some point this fall an all-new kickass fourth alternate, perhaps complete with an alternate court, similar to what they did last year with their 50th anniversary court. I’m just guessing on this part, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the new alternates included short-sleeve jerseys. Scott O’Neil mentioned the possibility two years ago, and I get the sense the new jerseys will be radically different in a unique way. Short sleeves would be just that. [UPDATE: Several people have pointed out that Nike has said it won’t be making short-sleeve jerseys, so I’m wrong on that part.]
Anyway, the Nike upgrade appears to have gone smoothly for the Sixers. There are no major changes and just minor additions and tweaks. The StubHub patch is tastefully done and doesn’t take anything away from the uniforms, at all. The swoosh always seems to make everything cooler.
You can see more photos on the Sixers website here.