With the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on the horizon, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest All-Star Game jerseys.
The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is set to commence in just a few hours from now in Atlanta, with Team LeBron matching up against Team Durant as the main event.
The last time an All-Star Game was hosted by Atlanta was the storied 2003 ASG which featured an established 3x champ in Kobe Bryant bidding farewell to a soon-to-be retired Michael Jordan.
The jerseys worn in 2003 were actually East/West jerseys, which was the first time that was the case since the 1996 All-Star Game. Seasons ranging from 1997-2002 featured All-Stars repping their own team by wearing their regular team jersey in the game. This was eventually scrapped, much to Kyrie Irving’s dismay as he said that he actually preferred this over the East/West ones.
Which year featured the best All-Star Game jerseys?
Fancying certain ASG jerseys is purely subjective as everybody is entitled to their own opinion. Some may believe the 1996 jerseys weren’t all that great, while others may actually like the 2021 All-Star jerseys for Team LeBron and Durant.
This doesn’t take away from the fact that the 2021 jerseys look like they are in affiliation with NASCAR while also doubling as discount Pacers jerseys.
At face value, the general consensus would be that jerseys from seasons such as the 2012 or 1996 NBA seasons are in the upper echelons of ASG jerseys. Other years that deserve to be mentioned in this rarified air are the 1995 ones, the 1985 purple and white ones, and the 2003 red and white jerseys.
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However, it is the moments which occurred with those jerseys on that make those jerseys much more memorable and well-liked. The fact that Kobe Bryant’s last worn All-Star Game jersey was in 2016, makes the 2016 one much more memorable in most fans’ minds.
The factors involved in definitively ranking the most appealing ASG jerseys of all time are endless and as mentioned before, rely on one’s personal preferences.