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AAs they say, everything old is new again, and that’s the case this year in NBA uniforms. The 2022-23 season is shaping up to be a return to throwbacks for several NBA teams, as Nike released Association, Icon, Classic Edition and Statement Edition jerseys.

Although some of the new looks are billed as “homages” to classic teams, the lucrative merchandising market suggests more commercial motivations. With the league now in the midst of a billion dollar jersey partnership with Nike, the uniforms keep coming.

The latest teams to announce new jerseys for the upcoming season are the Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves, both hoping to find ground this year with respective superstars LaMelo Ball (despite a difficult offseason that left their prospects hazy) and Karl -Anthony Towns.

The Suns’ “Sunburst” jerseys to celebrate the team’s 30th anniversary hark back to the days when players like Charles Barkley, Brian Grant and Dan Majerle ruled the hardwood for the team in the 90s.

The Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat have also released jerseys that revisit their legendary teams, including the years in Orlando when Shaquille O’Neal and Anfrede “Penny” Hardaway played together; when the Rockets were in San Diego for their inaugural season; and the original 35th anniversary white home jerseys that were worn in the Miami Heat’s first season as an expansion team in 1988-89, long before winning a championship with Shaq, Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourning in 2006.

Even NBA champions Golden State Warriors entered the throwback game this season and will be back in their “Run TMC” jerseys for the 2022-23 season. Old-school NBA fans will remember that the Run TMC team, which referred to the classic hip-hop trio Run DMC, consisted of ballers Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond who were the most successful trio in the league in the 1990-91 season.

The Lakers may be hoping that stepping back can help them move forward despite the uncertainty surrounding the current squad. To celebrate their 75th season, their “Classic Edition” uniforms return to their debut as the Minneapolis Lakers. It was a dynasty team led by Hall of Fame center George Mikan who won five championships for them in the late 1940s and 1950s as they played in three different leagues.

This is in addition to the launch of a “Statement Edition” jersey which adds a purple base with gold detailing and a “17” which represents the Lakers’ 17 total championships.

Several teams will be wearing new jerseys this year, but no matter what the jerseys look like, there are ballers who already lead the way in merchandising sales. In 2022, the 5 most sold jerseys without surprise are LeBron James, Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokuounpo, Kevin Durant and Luka Dončić. While we’re sure at least four of those athletes will stay with the same team this season, in the NBA, you never know. So choose these shirts wisely.

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