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obnoxiousmodesty
06-29-2012, 07:40 PM
I came across this on twitter today and thought it looked interesting. Generalizations are rarely accurate, however...

http://flowingdata.com/2012/06/29/growth-of-the-basketball-uniform/



Growth of the basketball uniform

June 29, 2012 to Infographics (http://flowingdata.com/category/visualization/infographics/) by Nathan Yau (http://flowingdata.com/about-nathan)
http://flowingdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Evolution-of-basketball-uniform-625x289.png
In the 1960s, the basketball uniform was about small, tight shorts and form-fitting tank top. It's grown longer since then. Andrew Bergmann sifted through the archives and illustrated the changes over the decades (http://dubly.com/?p=25).

The arm-length "shooter sleeves" that Lebron, Carmelo and Pierce sport on a regular basis are one of the most interesting of recent accoutrements. These covers can directly be traced back to former 76ers point guard Allen Iverson, who by legend wore one to conceal a controversial tattoo, but in actuality had bursitis in his right elbow. Somehow the sleeves caught on and are now believed to improve your shot. I guess I should get one.



I can't wait until players are out there in full tights, and then as fashion always turns around on itself, speedos and thigh-high socks.

Steagles
06-29-2012, 07:53 PM
I like the 2010's the best. The most modern looking, because, well, they are the most modern.

croz24
06-29-2012, 08:11 PM
Old school unis all the way!

Hicks
06-29-2012, 08:25 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future you keep similar sizes to what is worn today, but go back to a more skin-tight top like in the 60's.

Bball
06-29-2012, 10:05 PM
I'll just go with what Gene Keady said about modern era basketball uniforms and the size of the shorts...
Paraphrased- He said he didn't care and wouldn't care until someone dribbled a basketball and lost it in their shorts.

ECKrueger
06-30-2012, 01:49 AM
I hate the sleeves every one wears and the similar ones guys wear on their legs.

Blackhawk4
06-30-2012, 02:02 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future you keep similar sizes to what is worn today, but go back to a more skin-tight top like in the 60's.

They are have moved towards that more skin-tight top in the 60s already with compression shirts worn underneath if they choose to wear them. They also have the option of wearing a tighter jersey (Dwight Howard).

Sleeve does help in shooting slightly, but now more of them are there for protection than anything else. The calf sleeves help prevent cramping, shinsplints etc.

Day-V
06-30-2012, 02:14 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if at some point in the future you keep similar sizes to what is worn today, but go back to a more skin-tight top like in the 60's.

Agreed. Many College teams are doing that already and I believe Derrick Rose wore a skin-tight jersey during his first All-Star Game?




Anyway, I went with the 90's. Seems like a happy medium between the nut-huggers of the previous decades and then Manpri's of today. Plus, the 90's gave us these beauties:

http://www.nba.com/pacers/photos/19.jpg
(And no, I'm not referring to Reggie's armpits.)

PacersHomer
06-30-2012, 11:09 AM
I can't vote for anyone with a headband.

Kegboy
06-30-2012, 12:17 PM
Flo-Jo's for the win.

Ownagedood
07-01-2012, 10:20 AM
I like the 2010's, I love the sleeve style, I wear one myself every time I go out playing at the gym.. Looks cool and makes me more confident using my left arm which is the one I wear it on.

Ransom
07-01-2012, 10:23 AM
My dad always complained about baggy shorts. Said you could tell people don't move as fast on defense because of the bags on their legs.

Major Cold
07-01-2012, 12:12 PM
I hate the sleeves every one wears and the similar ones guys wear on their legs.
I wear them on my legs. They have helped with my shin splints.

Hicks
07-01-2012, 12:50 PM
I could see 90's cuts, add the sleeves for arms/legs, but ditch the headbands.

Pacers
07-01-2012, 02:11 PM
Since everything was better in the 90s, I went with that. :D

imbtyler
07-01-2012, 10:35 PM
John Wall has worn a skin-tight jersey top since he got into the league. I think that's where the fad has began. I think it looks better, collects sweat better, allows for less drag when moving quickly. Or, at least, that's what I speculate.

I really like the shooting sleeves. I, too, wear one when I play because I like how it looks. If I had the compression shorts, or whatever is represented in the 2010s, I would wear them too. Anything else I wear has a practical function: headbands to keep sweat from dripping into my eyes, padded calf sleeves for protection (I have a tendency to get kicked in the shins when I dunk on someone), etc.

ECKrueger
07-01-2012, 10:50 PM
I wear them on my legs. They have helped with my shin splints.

See, this I can go with. I don't think most people wear them for functional reasons though. I think it is usually purely aesthetic. There's nothing wrong with it, I just think it is silly kind of.

Deadshot
07-02-2012, 12:18 AM
A part of the tighter jersey top also has to do with Adidas switching to the new style of jersey several seasons ago. Some of the sleeves have also evolved into more of a body armor now as well (which is also worn under the uniform, possibly making them seem tighter as well).