The Thunder goes dark for new City Edition uniform

The Thunder goes dark for new City Edition uniform

According to the Thunder’s news release, the new look reflects Oklahoma City’s “evolving landscape, its growth and its momentum” with a uniform that features a custom pattern made up of “various elements of Thunder logos and wordmarks.”

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

| Nov 2, 2023, 10:41am CDT

Brett Dawson

By Brett Dawson

Nov 2, 2023, 10:41am CDT

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder is going dark. 

The team’s new City Edition uniforms — floating around online for weeks — got the official release treatment Thursday, unveiling a new look with a dark, almost-black blue and accents in black, orange and yellow.  

According to the Thunder’s news release, the new look reflects Oklahoma City’s “evolving landscape, its growth and its momentum” with a uniform that features a custom pattern made up of “various elements of Thunder logos and wordmarks.”

It’s hard to offer a full review — or place the new uniforms somewhere in the pantheon of all-time Thunder looks — until the team takes the court in them. Instead, some takeaways from the images:

The ‘We Believe’ Thunder?

The Thunder’s first game in the new uniforms is Friday, the franchise’s inaugural game in the NBA In-Season Tournament. It’s against the Warriors, which feels fitting. 

At first glance, the Thunder’s City Edition look evokes the Warriors of the mid-to-late 2000s, including the 2007 team branded the “We Believe” Warriors for its first-round upset of the top-seeded Mavericks in the Western Conference playoffs.

October 17, 2009; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (8) drives past Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (13) in the first half at Arco Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors uniforms, featured here in 2009 by guard Monta Ellis (8). (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

It’s hardly the same uniform, but the resemblance is there. 

A courtside view

The Thunder will debut the new uniforms on an In-Season Tournament court, a feature every NBA team will deploy to differentiate tournament games — played Tuesdays and Fridays in November — from other regular-season games. 

But starting on New Year’s Eve, OKC also will wear the uniforms for Sunday home games, designated as City Nights games. For those games, OKC will play on a new alternate court with the deep blue color scheme. 

The Thunder’s City Nights court (OKC Thunder)

 

It’s a stark contrast to the team’s last alternate home court, the white, silver and gray one in used in 2021-22. That one matched the Thunder’s City Edition uniforms of the season but tended to make colorful visitors’ uniforms more striking. 

A new blue hue

Though this looks to be the darkest blue Thunder uniform yet, it’s the fifth look to utilize a dark blue base color, not including the brighter blue of the team’s traditional away uniform. 

The previous dark blue uniforms: the 2012-16 alternate jerseys with “Thunder” printed vertically; the 2015 Christmas jerseys with “Thunder” in script lettering; the 2017-19 Statement Edition uniforms in the “sound wave” design; and the forgettable 2020-21 Earned Edition jerseys that were dark blue with “Thunder” in the “rattling” font used to display “OKC” on those 2017-19 Statement jerseys.

 

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Brett Dawson, the Thunder beat writer at Sellout Crowd, has covered basketball for more than 20 seasons at the pro and college levels. He previously worked the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman and The Athletic and also has covered the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. He’s covered college programs at Louisville, Illinois and Kentucky, his alma mater. He taught sports journalism for a year at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. You can reach him at [email protected] or find him sipping a stout or an IPA at one of Oklahoma City’s better breweries.

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