Ever since Nike took over the NBA's apparel contract before the 2017 season, each team has had three official uniform sets: The "Association," the "Icon" and the "Statement." The "Icon" and "Association" are each team's home and away jersey, respectively. The "Statement" is the traditional third alternate, which usually brings a new color into play. In the middle of last season, Nike unveiled the "City" uniform concept, where each NBA team would get a uniform set that expressed their hometown's unique identity.
Initial results were mixed, depending on your feelings on snakeskin patterns and nicknames (Buzz City! ’Cos they're Hornets!) seemingly cobbled together after a marketing meeting–induced panic. So this season, the Nike and the NBA hoped to take things up a notch, letting the "City" concept breathe a little. It's beginning to pay off. Here's Minnesota's new number: