With the NBA set to debut new City Edition jerseys for the 2018-2019 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s new uniforms feature an indigenous-inspired design developed under the hat of Nike.
The jersey’s most dominant turquoise color represents the 11th anniversary stone and the indigenous color of friendship. Coinciding, it is also the Thunder’s 11th NBA season. The lettering of “OKC” takes center in the jersey’s chest, shaped into one another to create a unified shape. The belt pattern on the shorts represent the various individual indigenous communities expanding outward and is derived from traditional sash. Inspired by the turtle shell, the short vent graphic symbolizes the Earth and acknowledges the tribes that line the outside. The elements of the primary stripe point east to welcome the rising sun and guide the way.
The Thunder first sport their new City Edition jerseys against the New York Knicks on November 14th. Nike graphic designer Carson Brown, who worked on the uniform talks about it’s indigi-spired creation in the video below: