Memphis Grizzlies' New Nike Uniforms Embody Identity

By: Christian Dudley (@ChristianDudley)

The Memphis Grizzlies have (finally) officially unveiled their new uniforms. Their design summarizes who the Grizzlies are as a playoff team.

 

Nike's signature swoosh logo is now gracing the NBA's team uniforms. Most NBA teams have officially showcased their new skins, and the Memphis Grizzlies are the latest to do so.

If you look close to detail to these new uniforms presented by Nike, some truly embody the team's chemistry and play.

Some NBA franchises have received a totally new uniform design.

Take the Indiana Pacers for example. They unveiled a brand new uniform design. Out with the old, in with the new. They traded superstar Paul George this summer and have nearly gutted their roster. They have a totally different outlook on their upcoming season than they had in, say, March of 2017. Their uniform change really embodies their team's movement as it begins a new path.

You can also look at the Minnesota TImberwolves. Their uniforms have also gained a complete makeover, as their roster did when they traded starting point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz, and acquired All-Star wing Jimmy Butler for a couple youthful pieces. The T-Wolves have enhanced their chances of making noise in 2017-18, and they have the uniforms to match their on-court output.

In another direction, the Denver Nuggets now have more basic uniforms. In the past, Denver has had some crazy designs on their jerseys -- modern and throwback variations. Now with Nike in the mix, their jerseys are more sleek and basic. They are to the point and bold. This goes along with what the Nuggets are attempting to build. They have spent a handful of consecutive years in limbo. Finally, they have a youthful core meanwhile adding All-Star big man Paul Millsap. Their club is finally heading in the right direction as they look to get back to the postseason. The mean business, much like their Nike uniform design.

With the Memphis Grizzlies ending the suspense on Thursday in a social media unveiling, Grizzlies fans have confirmation for what to expect in the upcoming season.

The jerseys have changed -- symbolizing the subtraction of Zach Randolph (via free-agency). Brands have changed from Adidas to Nike. The style of play is switching from veteran grit-'n'-grind to a more youthful movement. However, a lot is the same. The stripes have never left. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are still at the helm of this ship. The Grizzlies are in good hands, and these uniforms guarantees the strength of this squad.

The Grizzlies had a prime advertising opportunity to add a global business's logo to the mini V-neck logo on their jerseys; however, it seems the team has decided against it. This clarifies the small market status of the Grizz. They do not want the fame and attention. They are going to get down to business, and all you need to know is GRIZZLIES and where they are from -- MEMPHIS.

Though there are new faces on the squad, these ballers are determined to gain ground in the Western Conference.

Grizz Nation, are you ready for Grizzlies basketball?

Go Grizz!

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