In 1997, the Washington Bullets became the Washington Wizards, leaving behind their red, white and blue color scheme, tremendous logos and connection to America’s capital city. Major downgrade.

Now, the Bullets are back — kinda. As you can see above, the Wizards have gone back to the red, white and blue look, while neglecting to bring back their old name. You win some, you lose some. Nonetheless, this is a major win.

Just like when the 76ers ditched their dated gold-tinged look, the Wizards now look modern while recalling their old uniforms. The jerseys are based on those legendary Bullets throwbacks, they’ve brought back the hands logo and the new shorts are excellent. From looking at these for about five minutes, I’d say they’re one of the best “new” jerseys in the league. My only complaint is the font for the name, which is way too close to the Washington Capitals’ nameplates. Makes sense since the two teams are owned by the same guy, but it’s just a little too early-2000s to me.

Other than my minor quibbles with the font on the front, these are great. The color scheme is better. The jerseys are unique, rather than something that seems like it came from a create-a-team in “NBA Live 2000.” Even the new “monument ball” logo is really good. High five to whoever came up with these.

Along with the introduction of the new look, there is a ton of memorabilia for sale at the Wizards’ store, so go crazy supporting America. There are new cheerleader uniforms as well. Standard fare, but just thought you should know, in the interest of completeness.

A few more shots after the jump. Have a looksy and let us know what you think.

Comments (13)

  1. Love the retro uniforms, but the reason for switching from Bullets was just as sound today as it was when Rabin was assassinated. I hope they don’t switch the name back.

    If they want a third option other than Wizards and Bullets, I’d be fine with that.

  2. The logos (besides the wizard guy) on the grey/silver background look pretty cool. Future alternate uni? They did a great job with these, despite being stuck with the goofy name.

  3. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

  4. It seems the Wizards are betting against a lockout for next season

  5. am i the only one who doesn’t like the hand on the d of dc?

  6. allenmark, I really like the hand on the DC logo. I think it is a nice nod to the old Bullets logo.

  7. Hopefully the Wizard girls don’t get nicknamed “Santa’s Little Helpers.”

  8. looks ugly. But anything is better than the uniforms they wore before.

  9. It would be best if they assigned different numbers to the players. Having every player as #11 would confuse the refs and score keepers.

  10. WOW! These are ugly I don’t know what you guys are looking at. No swag at all.

  11. Also, I’m pretty sure that’s John Wall, not John Washington.

  12. That lower case ‘d’ looks like it’s from a different font set.
    Not crazy about the type treatment in general.

    Also, if you want your team jersey to be red, white, and blue, why make it red, white and dark navy?

    It’s a nice idea, but if you want to go for a retro look, why not just use the old jerseys as they were?

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kvv17vNR9U1qzkeoeo1_500.jpg

  13. what fonts number??help

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