The Washington Wizards will debut their 2021-22 City Edition uniforms when the Toronto Raptors come to town on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena. As part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season, all NBA teams will wear a special “Moments Mix Tape” uniform — a compilation of elements from jerseys from the team’s history.
The Wizards’ Nike NBA City Edition uniform pays homage to the franchise’s proud past, including a tribute to the team’s Baltimore roots. The City Edition uniforms were unveiled earlier this week in partnership with Nike and the NBA.
The Nike NBA City Edition uniform features elements from the uniforms of the Baltimore Bullets of the 1960’s and the red stripes on a blue chassis reminiscent of the Washington Bullets of the 1970’s. Gold and white details are included with trims along the neck and arm areas, while the wordmark “Washington” and the numbers on the front and back of the jersey are also gold and white as a nod to the Wizards’ uniforms of the 2000’s.
The uniform also honors Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who defined the franchise as a player, coach and executive through various eras from its time in Baltimore to its current home in Washington. Unseld’s iconic number 41 is placed above his signature with five stars recognizing his five All-Star selections featured on the anthem of the jersey.
The tribute to Unseld and his historic 1968 season continue with ROY in the right short vent to highlight his Rookie of the Year recognition. The left short vent states MVP for Unseld’s Most Valuable Player honor (he was only the second player in league history to earn both accolades in the same season).
The belt features the current basketball monument logo with a retro feel while a new DMV logo tying the team’s commitment to the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area is on the left of the short. The right short leg focuses on the team’s current D.C. hands logo with another retro feel.
“We are excited with how our Nike NBA City Edition uniform came out, mixing moments from two cities and two names, pulling together some of the best jersey attributes in our history,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment Chief Marketing Officer Hunter Lochmann. “We think our fans and the players will enjoy representing the DMV in them and we look forward to the team wearing these up to 23 times this season.”
A sneak peek at all the NBA City Edition jerseys can be found here.