The Oklahoma City Thunder may be adding a new color to their repertoire. On the evening of July 22nd, an image with all of the NBA uniforms for the upcoming season was tweeted out. The Thunder are among the teams shown as having new alternate uniforms. And yes, the uniforms are orange.
A look at every new NBA alternate, pride, stretch, hardwood classic, and officials' uniforms, @UniWatch @PhilHecken: pic.twitter.com/ehNci1gAu9— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) July 23, 2015
It might seem a little sketchy. But consider that the Adidas Spring catalog teased new alternate uniforms for the Thunder back on May 13th.
According to the Adidas catalog, teams can have up to four categories of jersey. The first is category is the primary alternate. That would be the Thunder's dark blue alternates, revealed prior to the 2012 season. The second category is the secondary alternate, which is what this design will assumedly be. The third category is a pride jersey, "used to celebrate something local to the team or region". That would be the Thunder's alternate sleeved white design, unveiled on March 1st of this year. The fourth possible category is the Hardwood Classic jersey, which the Thunder will never get. Unless OKC wants to throw some orange tabs into the collars of their uniforms.
While we're at it, we should also mention that the Thunder have had four different Christmas Day jerseys. You can check them all out here.
In any case, I'm totally psyched to see the Thunder finally embrace the orange. The Suns and Knicks both rock orange jerseys currently. But aside from them, we haven't seen a NBA team bust out orange jerseys in a good while. Orange uniforms that have recently fallen by the wayside include the inaugural Bobcats uniforms and Golden State's old "Golden Gate" alternates. The new Thunder jerseys certainly won't be as loud, but Golden State's old uniforms do look kind of similar.