NBA City Edition Jerseys: Northwest Division


Nearly midway through the 2017-18 season, the Northwest Division is red hot. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, and Denver Nuggets each hold a top 8 seed in the conference, while the Utah Jazz remain competitive for a playoff spot as well. Let’s take a look at the region-specific cultures Nike’s City Edition jerseys celebrate within this thriving group of teams.

Mile High Jerseys



These special Denver jerseys are not drastically different from the team’s other jersey choices. The Nuggets already have jerseys that are primarily navy with accents of gold and blue, but these jerseys replace the Nuggets’ team name across the chest with a mountain and two crossed axes. These images symbolize Denver’s nickname, Mile High City, which was given due to the city’s altitude of roughly a mile above sea level.

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing



Nike chose to go with gray for these Minnesota jerseys to mimic the shade of fur on a real-life wolf. Fans may hope Karl Anthony-Towns and the Timberwolves’ game mirrors the ferociousness of these animals on the court as well.

Thunder and Lightning



The Portland Trail Blazers’ City Edition jerseys are jam-packed with local sports history. The plaid pattern was selected to honor the late Blazers coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who was known for his signature plaid suits. The torso proudly displays a “rip city” logo, which is now the mantra of Portland sports team. This phrase originated in the Blazers’ 1970-71 inaugural season, as the then play-by-play announcer, Bill Schonely, excitedly yelled the phrase during a live game broadcast.

Jazzy Jersey



Utah’s city jerseys feature strips of warm colors, slowly darkening from the top down. Nike chose such a distinct pattern to represent the breathtaking red rock formations and canyons within the state.

Best of the West

The teams of the Northwestern Division have played a stellar first half of the 2017-18 season. Even if a couple of these squads tail off toward the end of the season, these jerseys will be going strong for years to come. Join the players in celebrating Northwestern pride and get your official Nike City Edition jerseys from Fanatics.



Mapping NBA Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder


From Seattle to Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder weren’t always known as the Thunder, nor were they always located in Oklahoma. Instead, the team got its start farther north in 1967 as the Seattle SuperSonics. They remained in the Pacific Northwest for 41 seasons, where they notched one national championship (1979). Despite a single championship, the SuperSonics were regular contenders – a fact that didn’t change much when they headed south.

In 2006, the SuperSonics franchise was sold to a group of Oklahoma City investors and relocated to OKC before the 2008 season. While they left their name behind in Seattle, the team’s history and records (including the championship win) came along with them.

The Thunder have had their fair share of playmakers over the years, including the recently departed Kevin Durant (to Golden State) and James Harden (to Houston) as well as current phenom Russell Westbrook.

Today’s Thunder roster features players from around the country as well as around the world. Check out where each piece of the Thunder puzzle comes from.

Mapping the Thunder


College Contributions


Checking out the college conferences that helped build today’s Thunder roster, it’s easy to note that a big chunk comes from the Pac-12. Schools like the University of Southern California (Gibson), the University of Colorado (Roberson), Stanford (Huestis), and UCLA (Westbrook) all represent the Pac-12 in OKC.

The next largest piece of the roster comes from the ACC, including the University of Pittsburgh (Adams), Syracuse (Grant), and Duke (Singler). The Big East contributed two Thunder players (Doug McDermott from Creighton and Semaj Christon from Xavier), and the Big 12 (Collison from KU) and Big Ten (Oladipo from IU) are also represented in pro-basketball in Oklahoma.

Heading On Down to OKC

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NBA Jersey Sales: First Half of 2016-17


With another All-Star Weekend in the books and the passing of a trade deadline, the NBA is now in full swing. At this point in the season, teams are making strides toward securing a spot in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s no secret that die-hard basketball fanatics bleed the colors of their hometown team and dedicate their support to the skilled ballers who fill their competitive rosters. Fans all around the world root for their favorite players by purchasing the latest jerseys on the market. Whether watching from the comfort of their living room or attending a live game, one thing is for certain: Fans buy a lot of jerseys.

We’ve compiled sales data, from the first toss-up of the 2016-17 season through the All-Star break, to see which players and teams are topping the charts in jersey sales throughout the entire league.

Continue reading to see how the numbers stack up.

Selling Jerseys and Banking Shots


Nowadays, it’s expected for top-tier players to stand above the rest when it comes to jersey sales. Players work to create a loyal fan base, not only by proving themselves on the court but also by being an all-star in the real world.

The results are in, and Stephen Curry – point guard for the Golden State Warriors prevails as the top NBA player to have the most jerseys sold since the start of the season. It’s no surprise that the Baby-Faced Assassin dominates the sales charts, as he was the unanimous recipient of back-to-back MVP awards over the past two seasons. Although the sharpshooter couldn’t guide his team to a second straight championship title, Steph maintains the hype around his name as one of the most popular players on social media.

@stephencurry30 beats the buzzer for the @warriors 50th points of the 3rd quarter!

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Kevin Durant and LeBron James are fighting a fierce battle over second and third place, respectively. King James may inch out the Golden State forward over the remainder of the season, however, as KD is now out indefinitely with an injury.

@kingjames puts up 18 points, 15 assists & 13 rebounds to lead the @cavs at home!

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It’s a Team Effort


With Curry and KD leading the pack, the Golden State Warriors have sold the most jerseys after turning over a new leaf with the start of the season. Although they suffered an unexpected defeat during the 2015-16 NBA Finals, the Warriors and their fan base have kept their heads up high – and their wardrobe up to date. Trailing behind the Cali-based squad are none other than the champs themselves, the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Cavs might have proven themselves on the courts, their jersey sales tell a different story.

The Windy City rounds out the top three with jersey sales spiking at the beginning of the season, as the Chicago Bulls acquired former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade.

Balling While They’re Young


Let’s face it, no matter what team you’re rooting for, nothing is more adorable than a child cheering on their favorite team while sporting a kid-sized jersey.

Steph Curry, once again, dominates sales in this merchandise category. The Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr raves about the MVP and claims that children “gravitate toward Steph.” Kids across the globe can be found rocking No. 30 on their back with the goal of receiving the Golden State guard’s autograph one day.

Sales and Shots Going Through the Roof!

The chances of another player or team topping Curry and Warriors jersey sales are slim, but with the second half of the season underway, anything is possible. Root your team into the playoffs by sporting your hometown team’s jersey, like the loyal fan you are. Head over to to choose from the latest player jerseys and fan gear the NBA has to offer!


NBA Trade Deadline Analysis


The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, along with the need to speculate the meaning of cryptic player tweets – looking at you Isaiah Thomas. Each of the league’s 32 teams now has a finalized roster. Some squads have even upgraded, hoping to win the NBA championship, while others aren’t thinking about a postseason challenge just yet; it’s clear the next date penciled into their calendar is the NBA draft lottery.

How did the week unfold? What were the blockbuster trades? Did any team get fleeced? And most importantly, how did your favorite team do? We examined the final days leading up to the trade deadline to look at some of the moves that may define the 2016-17 NBA season.

Day Trading

Here’s how the final days leading up to the trade deadline played out across the NBA.



New Orleans Pelicans acquire center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings for shooting guard Tyreke Evans, point guard Langston Galloway, shooting guard Buddy Hield, a 2017 top-three protected first-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick.

Talk about a blockbuster trade! New Orleans knew they needed a playmaker to play with their star, Anthony Davis, so they went and got one in Boogie Cousins. As the official Pelicans Twitter account claimed, this is the pairing of fire and ice. It definitely elevates the talent level of the Pelicans, even if they had to give up promising rookie Buddy Hield. Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated both awarded New Orleans an “A+” for executing this trade. As for the Kings, Bleacher Report awarded this trade an “F.” Ouch!

Outside @smoothiekingcenter! #pelicans

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Los Angeles Lakers acquire shooting guard Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets for point guard Lou Williams.

Houston has clearly scrapped the idea of playing defense by adding another strong shooter to their roster. Coach D’Antoni may be adopting the philosophy that the best defense is a ridiculously potent offense by adding Williams. On his first night, Williams scored 27 points, had two assists and rebounds, and made seven 3-pointers. Talk about an immediate impact. The Rockets received “B” and “B+” grades for this trade, while the Lakers received a “B-.” Sports writers have questioned if they could have received more from Williams, who was only scheduled to be paid a $7 million salary next season.


Washington Wizards acquired small forward Bojan Bogdanovic and power forward Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets for power forward Andrew Nicholson, shooting guard Marcus Thornton, and a 2017 lottery-protected first-round pick.

The Washington Wizards needed to get out of Andrew Nicholson’s contact – he was due $20 million a year for the next three seasons – and they paid a heavy price for it: their lottery-protected first-round draft pick. Given the Nets first-round pick belonged to the Boston Celtics, most felt this was a wise move to get the Empire State team back into the draft mix. They were given a grade of “A-,” whereas the Wizards received “B-” grades for their move. Most felt the Wizards didn’t significantly upgrade to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eastern Conference’s presumptive favorite.


Chicago Bulls acquired center Joffrey Lauvergne, shooting guard Anthony Morrow, and point guard Cameron Payne from the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Taj Gibson, power forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick.

McDermott adds firepower to the Thunder’s lineup. OKC ranked last in the league in a wide-open 3-point percentage, just over 32 percent, whereas the former Bull has been nailing over 40 percent of his uncontested shots from a distance. The Thunder received “A’s” for giving up handshake expert extraordinaire Cameron Payne to make this happen. Chicago earned criticism for downgrading their offense, even if they’ll be in a more enviable financial position at the end of the season.

Number 25 for your OKC Thunder, Doug McDermott. #McBuckets

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Pass or Fail?

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The NBA All-Star Game 2017 Series Simulation

2017 NBA All-Star Game is slated to take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in New Orleans. This marks the third time the Big Easy has hosted the best and brightest professional basketball stars. This year’s rosters show plenty of big names, and the 66th installment of the annual exhibition is definitely not short on premium players.

To get a feel for what might happen, we decided to run a best-of-seven series game simulation to see how the teams will do, which conference would come out on top, and how individual players will fare on the court. If you’re into spoilers, continue reading to see how this year’s All-Star Game just might play out.

Building an All-Star Roster


As with every All-Star matchup, the best players from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will face off. This year, the Eastern starters include Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jimmy Butler. Representing the West, we have Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis.

The reserves for each conference are also not lacking for star power, as the East features players such as John Wall, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker, Paul George, Kevin Love (being replaced by Carmelo Anthony due to injury), and Paul Millsap. The West’s bench will hold standouts like Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Gordon Hayward, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol, and Draymond Green.

It’s no surprise to see many selections from the two most recent conference winners – with three players from the Cavs, and the Warriors sending four. These aren’t the only teams and players making waves this season, though: Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-11 shooting guard, is excelling in his play for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Russell Westbrook is on his way to averaging a triple-double for the Thunder down in OKC.

A Simulated Series Sweep


We built each All-Star team and had them play against one another on a neutral court in a simulated series. We distributed players so they would all play an equal amount of time (as close to equal as we could get) and crunched the data to see who came out on top.

The winner? The Western Conference. They not only won the seven-game series but also swept it – winning the first four games and rendering the rest of the series unnecessary. The averages of points scored across the four games were 107.5 for the West and 95.5 for the East.

While this may or may not be a spoiler, it looks like the Western Conference All-Stars may win the game on Sunday.

Standouts on the Court


There were more than a few standout players from our sim. James Harden was the player of the game for Game 1, followed by DeMarcus Cousins for Game 2, Stephen Curry for Game 3, and Russell Westbrook for Game 4. DeMarcus Cousins, incidentally, was the highest-scoring overall player in the series, landing a 13.8-point average per game (on the Eastern Conference side, Paul George was tops in this department with 11.9 points per game).

Not to be outdone, LeBron grabbed an average of 8.0 rebounds per game, and Russell Westbrook notched an impressive 4.3 assists per game. On the rebounds front, Anthony Davis topped out at 7.5 per game for the Western Conference, and for assists, John Wall checked in as the best in the Eastern Conference with 4.0 per game.

Game On

While we’ll have to watch this year’s All-Star Game play out to see if these predictions come true, we’re likely in for a feisty one, as scores are typically pretty high, and there is much fanfare from the intros to the halftime show and throughout the game itself.

If you’re going to check out this year’s All-Star Game, rest assured that Fanatics has pretty sweet All-Star Game gear, where you can grab your favorite player’s jersey with this year’s unique colors.