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A brief history of NBA All-Star Jerseys

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For some basketball fans, NBA All-Star Weekend is a few days of special entertainment to watch the best do what they do best.

Aside from the All-Star Game, fans take in events like the Dunk Contest and the 3-Point Shooting Contest. Amongst other things, for diehard fans, this weekend is all about the nitty gritty. From the sneakers players wear to the jerseys that go along with them, everything is on display just as much as the players themselves.

For the fans that admire the jerseys donned by the players throughout the course of the weekend, they would have been disappointed in the jerseys from the first All-Star Game in 1951, via sportslogos.net.

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The jerseys were simply blank blue and white with a few stars across the front – nothing special. A few years later, the jerseys saw the addition of “East” and “West” to the jerseys, but other than that they were still quite simplistic.

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Old School Jerseys

The 1970s and 1980s saw a slew of jerseys that were more exciting than they had been. Many of the jerseys had the standard red, white, and blue color scheme to go along with a few stars on the jersey and “East” or “West” across the front.

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A Break from the Norm

The 1990s saw things get more exciting. The 1995 All-Star game saw purple and orange jerseys or white and orange jerseys with cacti on them to represent Phoenix, where the game was being held.

1996 saw the same flair in the jerseys, with players wearing either turquoise or white jerseys – arguably one of the most distinct jerseys in All-Star history.

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Team colors

1997 through 2002 had players wearing their team jerseys during the game that had an added All-Star patch. While rather boring, it was interesting to see so many jerseys worn and teams represented at once on the court.

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A Return to 1970

In 2003, the NBA returned to the red, white, and blue colors scheme. Each year saw a slight change in the font and layout of the jersey, but they remained rather standard for a few years.

The 2007 game was held in Las Vegas and was the first to be held in a city without an NBA team as well as the first to be held on a college campus. The jerseys saw a darker blue and red and the “East” and “West” found across the chest was in more of a script lettering, slightly different from the jerseys from the past few years.

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Similarly to 1995, 2008 saw the host city celebrated in the jersey design, mainly in the lettering, but they also stood out with the color gold used on the jerseys of both sides.

Changing Things Up

Until 2014, the jerseys returned to the red, white, and blue color scheme with small things being changed around to make them unique. 2014 saw the first NBA All-Star jerseys with sleeves and also saw a representation of New Orleans. The jerseys took on a theme of Mardi Gras in the colors and the fleur-de-lis on the chest.

The 2015 All-Star game, held in New York City, saw jerseys that took elements of all the city had to offer and put it into the jersey. The jersey took inspiration from the five boroughs which were represented by the stars along the side of the jersey.

Queens was represented by a pattern inspired by the Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. A wave pattern signifying its surrounding waters represented Staten Island. A taxi-cab checkered pattern represents Manhattan and the energy within it. A vinyl record pattern represented The Bronx and its rich musical legacy. A pattern of bricks represented the iconic brownstones that make up Brooklyn.

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This year’s jersey for the game being held in Toronto again aims to represent the city. The back of the jerseys show the city skyline as well as a maple leaf.

The Western conference jerseys pay tribute to the Toronto Huskies and for the East, the 1946 Knickerbockers, to pay homage to the first NBA game ever played. While the jerseys look simple, they represent much more than they let on.

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