Minnesota Timberwolves: Grading the new City Edition jersey

Timberwolves' Prince-inspired City edition jerseys. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Timberwolves' Prince-inspired City edition jerseys. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves unveiled their new City Edition uniform, and we have a grade analysis of the jersey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves released the City Edition jersey Thursday morning. The NBA change’s the City Edition jersey’s every season – which is why Minnesota won’t be wearing their grey one from last season.

Out of all the famous people to come out of the state of Minnesota, Prince may be the biggest one. Which is why the team decided to go with a Prince edition uniform. He was an influential person in the music industry and sadly passed away in 2016 at the age of 57-years-old.

The Wolves paid homage to him and the final product is pretty sweet. The makeup was made through the Timberwolves organization, the NBA, and the Prince Estate. The Wolves dropped an electric video to introduce these jerseys as well.

Karl-Anthony Towns highlights the video, riding in on the iconic ‘Purple Rain’ motorcycle and flipping on the lights to the new jersey.

It’s somewhat difficult to see what the jersey looks like in this video because of the lighting and quick motions. However corny this may look to you, we promise these jerseys are dope.

Here’s a better look at this jersey, via FanSided’s own Hoops Habit on Twitter:

The full detailed explanation to these jerseys can be seen here. These jersey’s have really grown on me the more I look at them. At first I thought these were decent, but after reading into them and looking at the details, these might be one of my favorite – mostly because of the historical significance.

The jersey is a dark purple, almost black looking. Along with the trim, lettering, and numbers being a more boastful purple. Mix that in with the font of the ‘Wolves’ on the chest and the ‘MPLS’ on the shorts and you’re looking at some perfection.

Probably my favorite part of the jersey are the numbers; the way they are uniquely designed to fit his “love symbol.” The Last piece of the uniform is the right shoulder patch; this patch is the pattern on the jacket he wore performing “Purple Rain”.

So, if the Wolves don’t play that song coming out of the tunnel, we’ll all be disappointed.

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Everything about this uniform is clean and perfectly molded to be one of the best uniforms in Timberwolves History. This one has the potential to be the NBA’s best City Edition jersey this year. They will wear these jersey’s eight times this season and will debut them on Nov. 16 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

It seems like people are really loving these jerseys. This is in reply to The Athletic’s reporter Jon Krawczynski tweet saying that he loves the jersey as well.

Let’s enjoy this uniform while it’s here, and try not to forget how poorly these jerseys could’ve turned out like the majority of the league.

Grade: A