Posted August 15, 2013

Phoenix Suns unveil new jerseys, sleeved orange alternates for 2013-14 season

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Members of the Suns model their new jerseys for the 2013-14 season. (@PaulCoro)

Members of the Suns model their new jerseys for the 2013-14 season. (@PaulCoro)

The Phoenix Suns unveiled new jersey designs for the 2013-14 season during a fashion show style presentation in Scottsdale on Thursday.

Three different designs were unveiled: a home white jersey, a road purple jersey and a sleeved, orange alternate jersey.

The home white jerseys include “speed lines” built into the orange lettering, orange “sun rays” under the “Suns” team name in orange block letters across the chest, and black numbers just below the heart.

The road purple jerseys include “Phoenix” in white block letters with white “sun rays” underneath and orange numbers just below the heart.

The orange alternates include sleeves, much like the Warriors’ yellow alternates, and feature “Suns” in white block letters across the chest with black numbers just below the heart.

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A close-up look at the Suns’ three new jersey designs. (ShopSuns.com)

Top photo via @PaulCoro | Bottom photos via ShopSuns.com

The franchise had two options for coping with the departure of franchise point guard Steve Nash last summer: 1) attempt band-aid solutions or 2) tear it all the way down. After trying and failing to make the first, less drastic approach work, the Suns proceeded with a total rebuilding effort this summer, hiring new GM Ryan McDonough and new coach Jeff Hornacek, trading for Eric Bledsoe, drafting Alex Len, and accumulating picks as they turn toward the future.

This new chapter of Suns hoops now gets these new uniforms. The organization brought out a number of players — current and former — to unveil the designs.

Suns players Eric Bledsoe, Alex Len, Archie Goodwin and P.J. Tucker will reveal the new look, with Suns Ring-of-Honor members Alvan Adams, Tom Chambers, Walter Davis and Dick Van Arsdale, as well as alumni Eddie Johnson, Steven Hunter and Tim Kempton all scheduled to participate. Legendary radio play-by-play broadcaster Al McCoy, as well as Suns President Jason Rowley, will also play a role in the highly anticipated event.

The Arizona Republic recently ran down the Suns’ jersey updates throughout the years.

The Suns’ original jerseys had a Westernized “PHOENIX” font on the front side with the sides of the shorts featuring the sunburst logo, which Jerry Colangelo paid $400 to have designed. That Westernized lettering and uniform style was kept from 1968-92, when the team underwent a uniform change as it moved into then-American West Arena (now US Airways Center) for the 1992-93 season.

For that silver anniversary season, the uniforms were changed to put “Suns” on the front with a diagonal sunburst. A black version of those uniforms was later included.

The Suns’ most recent uniform restyling came in 2000 with white home jerseys that read “Suns” on the front and had purple sides and purple home jerseys that read “Phoenix” and had gray sides. An orange version of the jersey was added in 2003 with “PHX” on the front and gray sides.

Here’s a look at the three new designs — front and back — one by one. Photos via ShopSuns.com

The Suns' new white home jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

The Suns’ new home white jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

The Suns' new purple road jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

The Suns’ new road purple jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

The Suns' new orange sleeved alternate jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

The Suns’ new orange-sleeved alternate jersey. (ShopSuns.com)

Below, find a gallery of Suns jersey images throughout the years, dating back to the franchise’s formation in 1968. Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Nash all make cameos.

52 comments
cliffydawg07
cliffydawg07

PS. I personally think the "SUNS" jersey's font is too big. I think it would have looked cooler being he same size font as the "PHOENIX" jersey and have it right justified to line up with the number.

"SUNS" just looks way too big on those.

cliffydawg07
cliffydawg07

I like them, clean, mininal, modern. The goofy big graphics and and large logos were terrible. This is getting back to the original basics. A monochrome jersey/short, with the city/team name on it and a number. The small graphic in the back at the neck is plenty enough. I think there's small graphic logos on the shorts too.

I'm 50/50 on the sleeves. I know a lot more players are wearing sleeved shirts under their jerseys now. Maybe its something the players actually like. You know they've got the opportunity to sell the t-shirt jerseys more to people who don't like wearing tank tops.

I'm on board, these are cool. I wish there was a black variation as well.

ChristopherNavage
ChristopherNavage

These are the worst, I-don't-have-to-have, no-design jerseys since the original Suns jerseys. Racing stripes? Pleeeeeze

I_Love_My_Knickz
I_Love_My_Knickz

I cant stand these new look-uniforms. The purple ones arent bad, they actually look like a real NBA uniform but seriously, these v-neck t-shirts are NOT jerseys!

chendaddy
chendaddy

The t-shirt jerseys have got to stop.

shawn99
shawn99

All black 90's retro were the best last season!

NizhoniAasteen
NizhoniAasteen

Over the years you've seen just about every team go to the same base uniform, with different color schemes. Since the NBA awards the rights to one manufacturer for a number of years, they produce pretty much the same uni for everyone.  Teams have lost the ability to marry the uniform to the city and the franchise name.  The Pelicans had the opportunity to come up with something unique, and they failed miserably.  Where's the creativity that went into the old ABA Spirits of St. Louis uniforms? 

NizhoniAasteen
NizhoniAasteen

Honestly, the Suns original uniform design was one of the greatest in league history. It totally fit the name and the city.  I understand why teams change uniform designs (to sell more jerseys and assorted other team items with the new colors/logos etc.), but I haven't really liked any Suns uniform since they abandoned the original.

Cochise82
Cochise82

Can't think of a NBA jersey I dislike more.  I would have preferred they just used a retro jersey.  I really liked the jerseys from the past few years, these don't even look professional.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

All of a sudden people who wear Pelicans jerseys feel a little better about themselves.

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

The orange is horrendous. Someone actually thought that was a good idea?

THAREALDEAL
THAREALDEAL

C´MON.THIS UNIS LOOK´S  REALLY REALLY  "A W F U L"!!!!!!!!!!!!      PLEASE ADIDAS, DO A BETTER JOB THAT THIS, DA MERCURY UNIS´LOOKS PRETTY COOLLL!!!!!     

reinhardtawas
reinhardtawas

If you think sleeve jersey is a hindrance for basketball, tennis, volleyball and badminton players who lift up their arms more often don't have problems with sleeve jersey.

reinhardtawas
reinhardtawas

NBA fans are not limited to Americans. They are all over the world and they like soccer, too, with its sleeve jersey wearable anywhere, anytime. I bet very soon all NBA teams will follow suit.

reinhardtawas
reinhardtawas

March last year I wrote a letter to NBA (addressed to David Stern) proposing NBA teams have sleeve jersey to boost merchandise. I got a reply. This is my argumentation: "When you watch Lakers playing in Staples Center, how high is the precentage of fans wearing Lakers jersey? 10%? 20%? Not more. Now look at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea FC is playing. How high is the precentage of fans wearing the Blues jersey? 70%? 80%? Not less

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

The classiest uniforms (regardless of sport) are the ones who stick with the original design, NY JETS, DODGERS, YANKEES, BULLS, CANADIANS, BRUINS etc.

RubenLopez
RubenLopez

These unis look like something from the 70's and get rid of the sleeves.... Glad my Bulls don't need to change.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Sleeved NBA Jersey's? LMFAO! That's a t-shirt!  Geez, if Adidas is going to make alternate uniforms they need to start doing a better job because so far they''ve been horrible.

Might as well make some sweat pants to match the t-shirt.

jbrizzle
jbrizzle

Nice to see that the transition to capri pants is nearly complete...

TexasBorn
TexasBorn

I like them, every time some team changes up their uniforms. everybody always hates on them. The sleeve aren't even that bad 

ChawanatIntawong
ChawanatIntawong

sleeve NBA jerseys!  That's most stupid idea in sports history.

pabblo82
pabblo82

it's pretty funny how you, americans, love big and eccentric logos everywhere... have you heard of minimalism? i guess, for you, the more is always the better.

mystafugee
mystafugee

I wish Adidas would just leave the US uniform market.  They make awful uniforms and take their Reebok brand too

reggiefor3
reggiefor3

 excuse my rant. but are these the best jersey's we can come up with?? These aren't even as bad as the new 'motor city' detroit ones. I like the motor city idea, but just the word and that's it??? Atleast this jersey has some sort of graphic.. but it was the 90's jersey's that they now sell as throwbacks that were creative and nice. The phoenix one with the shooting ball/sun that barkley wore. The bucks and raptors jersey with their full mascot. The nba must have some clean cut look agenda not allowing any graphics, logos, ect. 

Even if simpler is better to most, can we atleast have the alternative jersey be graphic and fun to look at?

rluck9974
rluck9974

Awful. Why have the lettering slanted? Looks like a bad high school jersey.

ErynNicholasGilmore
ErynNicholasGilmore

Ugly, Ugly and Ugly. Think the mercury have a better jersey? Bag the orange jersey

BillWood
BillWood

Boring! Just like the Suns. And I'm a Suns fan.

Whatever
Whatever

@reinhardtawas Players in tennis, volleyball and badminton lift their arms up more often than basketball players?!? So I guess you forgot about shooting, rebounding, hands up defense, etc. etc.?

Chris8
Chris8

@Ciscos They probably will, but they'll call them "extended moisture-absorbing shorts."

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@ChawanatIntawong It's all about merchandizing. Many people won't buy an NBA jersey because they look ridiculous on most fans. Everyone will wear a T-shirt. Problem solved!

Still looks stupid on the players though. Actually a couple of the sleeved jerseys they wore in college last year didn't look that bad. Mainly because they had a band at the top of the sleeve which made it look like they were wearing an undershirt under the jersey. The Suns just designed a t-shirt. Nothing more.

Chris8
Chris8

@pabblo82 At least their logos are for the actual franchise.  But I suppose they should be like all the football clubs around the world and just put a big sponsor logo on there instead.

danboz11
danboz11

@pabblo82 Who said Americans liked this?  Take your generalizations somewhere else.

Will10
Will10

Oh sheet it's caron butler!

cliffydawg07
cliffydawg07

@rluck9974 Because the sun is rising. It's been part of the suns marketing for many years.

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

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reinhardtawas
reinhardtawas

Thanks for reminding me :) I am a columnist, analyst and TV commentator for NBA and FIBA games in my country since 1990. Unlike basketball players who lift up their arms when needed, a badminton player must always lift their arms except when defending a smash.

Chris8
Chris8

@GO22JETS @Whatever "etc."??  The Jets have maybe five guys in the Hall of Fame who got there while spending the bulk of their careers with the Jets, and Parcells is not one of them.

 Joe Namath sure, but I wouldn't use him as an example of classiness; not now nor when he was with the Jets.