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G League Themed Specialty Jersey Bracket

Every jersey has a story, and the NBA G League has always had some of the coolest and most unique basketball jerseys in the world. With opportunities to create a unique themed jersey for every home game during the season, many of our G League teams flex their creative muscles and showcase some incredible designs. Whether in partnership with a local organization, in commemoration of a historic event, or just to celebrate a fun theme night in the arena, these jerseys all have something special to them. And now, we want YOU, the G League fans, to decide which specialty jersey from the 2021-22 season was the very best. Throughout August, our G League teams submitted their favorite threads from this past season, and we’ve organized them all into a neat and tidy bracket with 32 entries. 23 different teams submitted jerseys, with the other seven (Capital City, G League Ignite, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Rio Grande Valley, Stockton, and Westchester) not having a themed jersey to submit this season. We have at least one entry from all 23 submissions, with our favorite other jerseys rounding out the final nine spots.

 

Each day, tune in to G League social media throughout the day to see the voting matchup of the day, plus more background information on each jersey and some cool glamour shots. Who designed it? What was the cause? Was it auctioned off for charity? Once you’ve made up your mind, make sure to cast your vote on the G League Twitter poll AND on the G League Instagram Story (@nbagleague). Winners will be tallied up by cumulative total at the end of each day and advanced to the next round so that, come October, we’ll go through 31 different matchups and crown a DEFINITIVE G League Fan Vote Jersey of the Year!

Round of 16

Matchup 1: Wisconsin Herd (Fan Art Jersey) vs. Memphis Hustle (Grizz Night Jersey)

RESULT: Wisconsin Herd advance with 70.0% of the vote

 

Matchup 2: Lakeland Magic (90s Night Pinstripe Throwback Jersey) vs. Cleveland Charge (Bone Thugs N’ Harmony Jersey)

RESULT: Lakeland Magic advance with 54.5% of the vote

 

Matchup 3: Birmingham Squadron (Tune Squad Jersey) vs. College Park Skyhawks (Military Appreciation Night Jersey)

RESULT: Birmingham Squadron advance with 63.7% of the vote

 

Matchup 4: South Bay Lakers (D-Fenders Throwback Jersey) vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (Hardwood Classics Throwback Jersey)

RESULT: Santa Cruz Warriors advance with 58.3% of the vote

 

Matchup 5: Long Island Nets (SpongeBob SquarePants Jersey) vs. Raptors 905 (Black History Month Jersey)

RESULT: Long Island Nets advance with 59.8% of the vote

 

Matchup 6: Long Island Nets (Women’s Impact Jersey) vs. Ontario Clippers (Native American Cultural Night Jersey)

RESULT: Long Island Nets advance with 62.5% of the vote

 

Matchup 7: Cleveland Charge (Kid Cudi Jersey) vs. Grand Rapids Gold (Semipro Jersey)

Matchup 8: Raptors 905 (Lunar New Year Jersey) vs. Austin Spurs (Los Raros Jersey)

 

Round of 32

Matchup 1: Wisconsin Herd (Fan Art Jersey) vs. Texas Legends (MLK Day Jersey)

The Herd unveiled these one-of-a-kind fan art jerseys that feature the artwork of local students that were selected from a pool of nearly 2,300 artists across local schools in July. Tasked with drawing a picture of what the Wisconsin Herd meant to them, a panel of Herd team members and BMO staff picked out five winning designs that ended up making up the entire design of this custom set of jerseys and shorts. The Herd auctioned this jersey set off afterward, with proceeds going to the Oshkosh Kids Foundation.

The Texas Legends MLK Day game featured Paul Quinn College, an HBCU in Dallas. Throughout the game, the Legends celebrated PQC student-athletes, students, alumni, and staff, bringing awareness to programs and needs PQC has. The jerseys featured the word “Dream” in place of the Legends logo with Martin Luther King Jr.’s signature above it and each player’s jersey had a unique quote from Dr. King below their name. The jerseys were given to prominent supporters of PQC, and the remaining jerseys were auctioned off to benefit Paul Quinn College and its community outreach efforts.

RESULT: Wisconsin Herd advance with 71.3% of the vote

 

Matchup 2: Memphis Hustle (Grizz Night Jersey) vs. Greensboro Swarm (YMCA Teal Jersey)

The Memphis Hustle paid homage to their NBA affiliate franchise with these sweet threads in February. As part of Grizz Night, the Hustle incorporated logos from the old Grizzlies franchise while giving them a unique Hustle twist, including a Vancouver Grizzlies nod on the shorts. The jerseys were auctioned off for the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Memphis that is dedicated to preparing every student in Memphis for success in college, career, and life.

The Greensboro Swarm wore these YMCA-themed jerseys in February. The iconic teal and purple jersey has symbols for programs and activities running from under the arm to the knee as well as larger specific symbols on the chest and back. Blended into the background on the jersey and shorts is the YMCA logo. The jersey symbolizes the Y’s commitment to the development of youth in its community. The proceeds of the jersey auction supported the financial assistance program that provides discounted programming and memberships to those in need.

RESULT: Memphis Hustle advance with 51.6% of the vote

 

Matchup 3: Windy City Bulls (Roadrunner Jersey) vs. Lakeland Magic (90s Night Pinstripe Throwback Jersey)

The Windy City Bulls wore these artsy, colorful jerseys for their Chuck Jones Big Draw Night, which featured several Looney Tunes characters, artwork, and activations, and was a big draw with fans. Windy City wore the teal-colored jerseys that depict the popular Looney Tunes character, Road Runner, while his adversary, Wile E. Coyote, was featured on the visiting Delaware Blue Coats’ jerseys. These jerseys were auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting The Backyard Experience.

On Saturday, January 8, the Lakeland Magic turned back the clock for 90’s Night and donned the classic Orlando Magic pinstripes in honor of one of the most beloved jerseys in NBA history. Styled after the iconic black uniforms worn by the Magic from ’89 to ‘94, these jerseys featured “Lakeland” across the chest in the original Magic font. The jerseys were auctioned off to raise money for InnerAct Alliance, which provides substance abuse prevention for the youth in our Central Florida communities.

RESULT: Lakeland Magic advance with 51.2% of the vote

 

Matchup 4: Fort Wayne Mad Ants (80s Night Jersey) vs. Cleveland Charge (Bone Thugs N’ Harmony Jersey)

Created in partnership with Sweetwater Sound, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants rolled out these striking purple jerseys to celebrate 80s Night in March. Proceeds from the online auction went to Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana.

Cleveland is known as the Rock N’ Roll City, but the city has a rich history of producing music groups and artists across all genres. Cleveland-made hip-hop group, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony inspired a promotional theme night and inspired this “Cleveland Is The City” jersey series in the Charge’s new home. Fans received a Cleveland Charge x Bone Thugs custom t-shirt as they came through the gate. The jerseys were auctioned off to benefit the Spread The Love Foundation, a local non-profit founded by Krayzie Bone that creates career paths and cultural equity through the arts for youth & young adults in Cleveland.

RESULT: Cleveland Charge advance with 63.9% of the vote

 

Matchup 5: Birmingham Squadron (Tune Squad Jersey) vs. Windy City Bulls (Dynasty Night Jersey)

The Birmingham Squadron partnered with a local vintage clothing and rare sneakers line, Memory Lane, to celebrate “205 Appreciation Night”, which featured this Tune Squad-themed jersey in action against the Stockton Kings.

These iconic black jerseys with red pinstripes bring back the glory days of the Chicago Bulls 1990’s dynasty that produced six NBA Championships. They were showcased on Windy City’s Dynasty Night, which featured the six Bulls Championship Trophies and several other unique memorabilia items from that era. These fan favorite jerseys were auctioned off to benefit DuPage Pads.

RESULT: Birmingham Squadron advance with 53.8% of the vote

 

Matchup 6: Delaware Blue Coats (Wile E. Coyote Jersey) vs. College Park Skyhawks (Military Appreciation Night Jersey)

The Delaware Blue Coats wore these jerseys as part of Chuck Jones Big Draw Night while visiting the Windy City Bulls. Featured several Looney Tunes characters, the Blue Coats wore these threads with Wile E. Coyote, while Windy City wore teal jerseys with his adversary, Road Runner. The jerseys were auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting The Backyard Experience.

The College Park Skyhawks, in partnership with Emory Healthcare, hosted a “Military Appreciation Night” in March and debuted their first-ever theme jersey. The military-themed, black-and-white camouflage jerseys were worn by the team to bring awareness to the importance of veteran care and the work of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. Throughout the game, the Skyhawks implemented activations to honor current and former military members and their families. The jerseys were designed to be inclusive/represent all branches of the military that the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program serves.

RESULT: College Park Skyhawks advance with 57.3% of the vote

 

Matchup 7: South Bay Lakers (D-Fenders Throwback Jersey) vs. Motor City Cruise (Black Heritage Night Jersey)

The South Bay Lakers turned back the clock to celebrate their creation with these yellow throwback threads for D-Fenders Night. The Los Angeles Lakers were the first NBA franchise to own a G League team (then D-League), and South Bay was originally founded in 2006 as the Los Angeles D-Fenders and wore these yellow uniforms. They were known as the D-Fenders through the 2016-17 season. Fans got to enjoy this throwback look to wrap up March.

In celebration of its inaugural Black Heritage Night presented by United Dairy Industry of Michigan in February, the Motor City Cruise created an all-black custom jersey designed by local Detroit fashion designer Ken Walker. The Cruise collaborated with community partners The Detroit Phoenix Center, UDIM, and Ken Walker to develop a jersey that was designed in Detroit, with Detroit, and for Detroit. Autographed jerseys were donated to the Detroit Phoenix Center, benefiting the center in its effort to end youth homelessness.

RESULT: South Bay Lakers advance with 57.7% of the vote

 

Matchup 8: Salt Lake City Stars (Military Appreciation Night Jersey) vs. Santa Cruz Warriors (Hardwood Classics Throwback Jersey)

The Salt Lake City Stars wore these jerseys for Military Appreciation Night to honor the men and women of the United States Military. The Salt Lake City Stars primary logo is featured on the center chest with a red and white ribbon on either side of the logo. This look brings to mind the United States Air Force logo on all military aircraft. Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah, is the single largest employer in the state of Utah and performs a critical aspect of the Air Force’s overall mission being the base of operations for multiple squadrons of F-35 Lightning Fighter aircraft, the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world.

The Santa Cruz Warriors Hardwood Classics jersey pays homage to the history and flare of the Golden State Warriors and their 75th anniversary, but with a Sea Dubs twist. The jersey design was so well received that the players requested to wear them every game! The game-worn jerseys were auctioned in-game, and $1,745 was raised for the Grey Bears non-profit. Grey Bears improves the health and well-being of seniors and the community through food and meal deliveries, volunteerism, resource conservation, and recycling.

RESULT: Santa Cruz Warriors advance with 68.4% of the vote

 

Matchup 9: Long Island Nets (SpongeBob SquarePants Jersey) vs. Wisconsin Herd (Waves City Edition Jersey)

The Long Island Nets’ graphics team collaborated with the graphic designers at Viacom to create Bikini Bottom-themed jerseys. The goal was to create a feeling of nostalgia for fans who grew up watching SpongeBob and reach youth who still watch the iconic show. The February game where they were worn ended in a Double OT win for Long Island with crowd energy at an all-time high. These jerseys were auctioned off and the proceeds went to Hello Taiwan.

These Wisconsin Herd jerseys are inspired by Oshkosh, for Oshkosh. These OSH City Edition jerseys were presented by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a non-profit focused on advancing the community’s quality of life and capacity for excellence. These uniforms pay homage to the City of Oshkosh’s logo and motto “On The Water”. All jersey auction proceeds will benefit the Oshkosh Area School District and Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation.

RESULT: Long Island Nets advance with 57.1% of the vote

 

Matchup 10: Raptors 905 (Black History Month Jersey) vs. Maine Celtics (Bicentennial Night Jersey)

For Black History Month, Raptors 905 designed a jersey they used numerous times throughout February to celebrate BHM and leaders within the black community and sports. These jerseys were made in collaboration with The Harris Brand Foundation, a charitable organization in Mississauga supporting student-athletes at risk with scholarships and mentorship programs. Symbols across the jersey were added to signify independence, freedom, emancipation, toughness, resilience, and phrases such as “faith is the anchor that holds together true bond or love between people”.

The Maine Celtics held a “Bicentennial Night” celebration in 2022 – On March 27, the team wore these specialty “Old Maine Flag” uniforms, styled after the original state flag which has become incredibly popular. The uniform shorts include the state’s motto “Dirigo” which is Latin for “I lead.” The jerseys were sponsored by Trademark Federal Credit Union.

RESULT: Raptors 905 advance with 63.8% of the vote

 

Matchup 11: Texas Legends (Military Appreciation Night Jersey) vs. Long Island Nets (Women’s Impact Jersey)

With “Thank You” at the center of the jersey, the Texas Legends used Military Appreciation Night to show appreciation to some of the true legends in their community. Each jersey has a unique phrase associated with the military in place of the players’ names, such as “courage” or “loyalty”. In the background was a photo of soldiers raising a flag. All proceeds benefited Fold of Honor, an organization that supports Gold Star families.

 

The Long Island Nets Paid tribute to their sister team, the WNBA’s New York Liberty, by wearing cobranded Seafoam-colored jerseys. They hosted a pregame panel featuring prominent women in sports and the jerseys were auctioned off by the Players Trunk in support of Pink Cans for Cancer.

RESULT: Long Island Nets advance with 65.4% of the vote

 

Matchup 12: Iowa Wolves (Pride Month Jersey) vs. Ontario Clippers (Native American Cultural Night Jersey)

In a collaboration with Principal and ArtForce Iowa, the Iowa Wolves featured six one-of-a-kind jersey designs celebrating local diversity and community this past season. To create these designs, ArtForce Iowa worked with youth artist who have involvement with the juvenile or family court systems, as well as immigrant, refugee and first-generation American youth, with each set of jerseys auctioned off to benefit local non-profit. Their LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration jersey auction benefitted One Iowa, which seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Iowans by protecting and advancing equality and inclusiveness through education, improving workplace culture, and increasing access to quality healthcare across our state.

The Ontario Clippers wore these jerseys in January to celebrate Native American Cultural Night, in partnership with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

RESULT: Ontario Clippers advance with 51.0% of the vote

 

Matchup 13: Cleveland Charge (Kid Cudi Jersey) vs. Memphis Hustle (Superhero Night Jersey)

The other jersey rounding off the “Cleveland is the City” series, this Kid Cudi ‘Man on the Moon’ inspired jersey captured the eyes of everyone walking through the doors of the Wolstein Center and even Kid Cudi himself on Twitter. Kid Cudi is arguably one of the biggest names to come out of the Cleveland music scene and it shows as the Charge raised nearly $4,000 for RISE, an organization that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice, and improve race relations.

Modeled to look like a superhero with armor and a cape, the Memphis Hustle created a full jersey and shorts outfit for their players to wear during Superhero Night in February. The jerseys were auctioned off for Alpha Omega Veterans Services, who help military veterans overcome PTSD, homelessness, and other disabilities. The Hustle also gave away matching superhero capes during the game.

RESULT: Cleveland Charge advance with 71.5% of the vote

 

Matchup 14: Grand Rapids Gold (Semipro Jersey) vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce (Compassion Child Care Jersey)

The Grand Rapids Fold wore Flint Tropics-themed jerseys inspired by the movie Semi-Pro. While the Gold acknowledges the grit and determination behind its players, they know the love for the game includes having fun. In the wise words of Jackie Moon, “Everybody love everybody.”

Skyforce players wore blue and yellow uniforms inspired by Compassion Child Care, featuring the names of past and present children within the CCC program. All jerseys were auctioned off with proceeds going to Compassion Child Care to assist with their mission of providing affordable child care within the Sioux Falls community. Compassion Child Care operates under four core values: Christian, Affordable, Educational, and Holistic.

RESULT: Grand Rapids Gold advance with 76.7% of the vote

 

Matchup 15: Lakeland Magic (Mental Health Florals Jersey) vs. Raptors 905 (Lunar New Year Jersey)

On Sunday, February 27, the Lakeland Magic wore pink and blue floral jerseys in honor of Mental Health Awareness Night. These jerseys, sponsored by CPS Investment Advisors, were auctioned off to raise money for Peace River Center, which strives to impact the Lakeland community by offering a broad range of mental health, victim services, and substance use disorder services. The soothing imagery of the jersey’s flowers and colors represents peace, tranquility, and hope on the Magic’s annual Mental Health Awareness Night.

Raptors 905 wore these jerseys on the first day of February to celebrate the Lunar New Year. These threads were made in conjunction with the Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association, a registered non-profit organization/charity that promotes physical activity, leadership development, and a sense of community for youths across the Greater Toronto Area. Designed to honor the Year of the Tiger, the jersey represents new beginnings, prosperity, and good fortune through combinations of traditional Chinese symbols and standard 905 logos.

 

Matchup 16: Motor City Cruise (Breast Health Awareness Jersey) vs. Austin Spurs (Los Raros Jersey)

The Motor City Cruise held its inaugural “Cruise for a Cure” game in honor of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with the MCC EmpowHERment platform. Players wore custom pink jerseys with the words “Power. Strength. Resilience.”, and the name on the back of their jersey was changed to a special person who has been affected by breast cancer in their life. Following the game, the jerseys were gifted to the honorees or the family members associated with their uniform.

The Austin Spurs announced an alternate identity for the first time in team history, replacing their team name with Los Raros de Austin, which translates to “the Austin weirdos.” Taking cues from brightly-colored Mexican folk art, the eclectic personality of the city, and elements of basketball, the culturally-inspired alternate identity uniquely represents Austin. The name aligns with the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan, while the “o” in Raros depicts a basketball. The jerseys were auctioned off with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Mexic-Arte Museum, which is dedicated to enriching the community through education programs, exhibitions, and the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture.