The 76ers opened their run in Philadelphia in 1963 with a Betsy Ross-inspired uniform after life as the Syracuse Nationals since 1946. A circle of stars which adorned both the shorts and the back of the jersey surrounding the players number quickly became a hallmark of the team’s attire for years to come. The road uniform was dark blue with red lettering and numbers. Midway through the 1964-65 season, the style of the letters and numbers was changed.
A two-tone uniform with a high waistband and long, baggy trunks was introduced in 1965. Most players considered it flashy and uncomfortable to play in and it was abandoned after one season.
The 76ers had a more straightforward look during their first championship run. Simple block letters with the traditional PHILA on the front of the jersey replaced the previous star-spangled banner looks. The road uniforms switched to red with blue lettering and white trim.
With its red-in-blue and cursive lettering, the 76ers next official home uniform (the old red garb was retained for away games), did not please 76ers suppliers. Midseason trades meant impossible turn-around times for these custom-sewn, flowing script uniforms. In the middle of the season a switch is made and ‘Seventy Sixers’, in script, is replaced by ‘PHILA’ on the front of the uniform. The home version of this uniform returned as a Nike Classic in the 2019-20 season, as Joel Embiid took the court in the rare cursive font.
Sonder Levitt Advertising designed a uniform in 1971 that had a much longer lifespan than its predecessor. With the new art deco-like lettering, the uniforms retained the star-inset blue side stripe, a graphic element that remained a staple through the 70's. Away uniforms switched from red to royal blue with white side stripes and stars.
Another one-shot uniform surfaced, this time with a theme. In honor of America’s Bicentennial, the team turned to the cursive lettering and trim numerals of the 1970-71 season. The new uniforms were designed by Pat Williams, Al Domenico, Billy Cunningham and Sonder Levitt Advertising.
The lettering on the jersey was readjusted, with home uniforms lettered in blue and outlined in white and red, while away uniforms were royal blue with white lettering in red trim.
The NBA begins to regulate uniform changes more closely, as a rule is installed by the league requiring teams to use an exclusive outfitter and alert the NBA one year in advance of a design change. This uniform, manufactured first by Wilson, then by Sand Knit, becomes the 76ers hallmark, with the numeral surrounded by stars on the shorts. The road color returned to red. The 76ers played more games in this uniform (1,066) than any other in the history of the franchise, and it returned in a throwback version in the 2002-03 season as Allen Iverson and the 76ers celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s last championship team.
This 76ers uniform, a true departure from the franchise’s classic, more conservative styles, was redesigned by Champion. The design featured multicolored stars against a royal blue field that curved up from shorts to the jersey. The background of the away uniform remained red.
This uniform returned the 76ers more classic looks of the past. Designed by Lucy Loeb, the front featured ’Sixers’ in a more ornate block lettering. This garb was white with red and blue trim at home and red with white and blue trim on the road. It is perhaps most revered for being the uniform worn during Allen Iverson’s Rookie of the Year campaign in the 1996-97 season.
The 76ers unveiled a completely new look including the first major logo change since becoming the Philadelphia 76ers in August of 1963. In keeping with the traditional red and blue, the logo was modernized by adding silver, gold and black. For the first time in franchise history, the 76ers wore black uniforms on the road. Trimmed in red and gold, the jersey that features the word ’Sixers’ on the front with white numbers trimmed in red on the back. At home, a white jersey features black numbers trimmed in red. Philadelphia added a hot new blue second road uniform combining the styles of the old and the new.
The 76ers updated their new look even more in preparation for Allen Iverson’s 2000-01 MVP campaign and the team’s eventual run to the 2001 NBA Finals. The primary colors and fonts remained, but a new shimmer and dazzle was added to the uniform’s base, and a more cut-off style shoulder sleeve representative of the era was debuted.
On February 14, 2007, the 76ers debuted a secondary road uniform with red as the predominant color accented by the team's other official colors of white, blue, black, silver and gold. The red uniforms, produced by adidas, featured a newer PHILA wordmark across the chest in a design similar to the team's primary logo as well as white and blue stripes around the V-neck. In preparation for the 2008-09 season, the team debuted new home and road jerseys with a different cut and border design, to match the red alternate.
On September 23, 2009, The Philadelphia 76ers redesigned their uniforms to feature the team's new but old primary 76ers basketball logo and red, white and blue color scheme. Trimmed in blue and red, the team wore white uniforms with blue lettering with red numbers at home. On the road, the team donned red uniforms trimmed in blue and white with white lettering and numbers.
In May 2015, the 76ers continued their rebranding strategy by debuting new logos and, the following month, new uniforms that paid homage to the franchise’s rich history.
In 2017, as the NBA transitioned from Adidas uniforms to kits designed by Nike, the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled an updated design to their traditional look. The white and blue versions of the team’s jerseys added a thin red drop shadow to both the “PHILA” insignia across the chest and numbers on the front and back. Additionally, the team added a script embroidery of the phrase “Brotherly Love” toward the jersey’s hemline.
Inspired by the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, with its parchment color and the “Phila” lettering in script meant to resemble a signature, the first iteration of Nike’s City Edition celebrated the revolutionary spirit of Philadelphia. The uniform’s trim was outlined by sharp red, white and blue stripes, and the “76” on the side of the shorts was inspired by the 1976 Bicentennial celebration held to honor of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration. This jersey was meant to serve as a special nod to the people of Philly who have been in it for signature moments since the very beginning.
The 76ers’ 2018-19 City Edition uniform celebrated Philadelphia’s rich history of the fighter’s mentality that inspired films like “Rocky” and “Creed”. The uniform’s core displays the iconic circle of 13 stars derived from the boxing ring where Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character Rocky Balboa first squared off against his nemesis Apollo Creed, while the gray sweatsuit-textured base was influenced by the films’ legendary training scenes throughout the streets of the city. The blue, red and white waistband trim on the shorts is inspired by a boxing championship belt, and the phrase “PHILADELPHIA, USA,” was embroidered on the lower left hem of the jersey as a nod to the heart and determination of this city’s special fans.
The base color of these uniforms, like the 2017-18 City Edition alternate, is inspired by the parchment paper used for the Constitution. Unlike the former, however, this version debuted a majestic new “Philadelphia” word mark across the chest. With an asymmetrical stripe down the side of the shorts, these uniforms were inspired by the infamous crack in the city’s most popular landmark, the Liberty Bell.
The 76ers unveiled a City Edition uniform for the 2020-21 season that highlighted the famed Boathouse Row, an iconic Philadelphia landmark located just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The design represents the lights outlining boathouses along with their reflection on the water of the iconic Schuykill River waterfront. The black uniform base color pitted the team back in black for the first time since the playing days of 2000-01 NBA MVP Allen Iverson.
In the 1996-97 season, the 76ers — like every team in the NBA — commemorated the league’s 50th anniversary. The 76ers celebrated seven of the franchise’s former players being named to the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, former head coach Jack Ramsay being named as one of the 10 Greatest Coaches, and the 1966-67 and 1982-83 rosters as two of the 10 Greatest Teams in NBA history. With that, came blue Hardwood Classics jerseys celebrating the 1966-67 team, eventually worn by Allen Iverson for his iconic Slam Magazine cover shoot.
The Philadelphia 76ers honored the 20th Anniversary of the Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and the team that won the 1982-83 NBA title. The team wore their 1982-83 road uniforms, and in a halftime tribute, reunited members of the 1983 team. Allen Iverson, Keith Van Horn, Monty Williams, and the 76ers wore these retro kits for one game in 2003.
In the 2003-04 season, the Philadelphia 76ers were outfitted in the team’s two-tone 1965-66 uniforms, made famous by Wilt Chamberlain and detailed with "PHILA" tackle-twilled just below the number on the front of the white and red, mesh jerseys. Allen Iverson, Kyle Korver, Glenn Robinson, and the 76ers wore these classic styles for two games during the 2003-04 season.
The team recognized the 50th Anniversary of the franchise's first NBA championship, which came in the 1954-55 season when the Dolph Schayes and the Syracuse Nationals defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in the NBA Finals. Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, Andre Iguodala and the 76ers wore these throwback uniforms for five games in the 2004-05 NBA season.
The Philadelphia 76ers honored the 1982-83 championship team yet again in 2008-09, this time wearing the home uniform style of the squad led by Dr. J, Moses, and Maurice Cheeks.
The 76ers uniform changes kept coming throughout the 2010’s, as the franchise attempted to make older styles of a storied past new again. This Hardwood Classic uniform was worn again as an homage to one of the NBA’s best-ever teams, the 1966-67 squad led by Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, and Hal Greer.
The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a new Classic Edition uniform for the 2019-20 season. The jersey paid homage to the 76ers’ legacy and the spirit of the city of Philadelphia, known for its knack of reinventing itself. The 76ers wore the jerseys with cursive font for half of the 1970-71 season, where basketball legend and Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham achieved All-NBA First Team honors. “[This] uniform may have had a short-lived moment in the spotlight,” said Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck, “but we consider it a classic that emerged as time passed and is a true vintage treasure to the ‘Seventy Sixers’ brand to be shared with our passionate fans.”
2006 Barcelona Alternate
In September 2006, Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, and the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Spain for training camp, and took on Winterthur FC Barcelona in an exhibition match while visiting. The 76ers were one of four NBA teams that season holding their training camp and preseason in Europe, as then Commissioner David Stern called the new venture “a powerful inspiration and opportunity for [international] growth.”