http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/9554965/uni-watch-power-rankings-rates-nba-uniforms-1-30 UNI WATCH POWER RANKINGS: NBA (Click team names to view uniform sets) Rank Team Logo Trending Comments 1 Boston Celtics — Still the class of the league. No goofy side panels, no extraneous bells or whistles, just a perfect vertically arched wordmark and a simple green-and-white color scheme. Remember the rule about classics: They got to be classic for a reason. 2 Los Angeles Lakers +1 Ideally, a uniform should be viewed in a vacuum, strictly on the basis of its aesthetics. But every now and then there'll be a team that's so consistently successful on the field (or the court, or the ice) that it creates an aura of quality about the entire franchise, an aura that can extend to the team's uniforms. The Lakers fall into that category. Are their uniforms really so good, or do they just seem that way? Either way, they've achieved that rarefied status reserved for upper-echelon designs. The only fly in the ointment is the white alternate uni. Come on, guys, you used to be special because you were the only team in the league without a white uni. 3 San Antonio Spurs -1 Love the way they use the spur as the "U" in their jersey insignia. It's such a small, simple thing, but it instantly elevates them above all the teams that just use standard typography. Great silver/black color scheme, too. Docked a notch for wearing that alternate uni too often in last season's playoffs. 4 Utah Jazz +1 The Jazz have now been in Utah for 34 years (longer than you realized, right?), and they've never looked better than they do right now. Sure, the team name is a bit incongruous, but nobody complains about the Lakers' or Dodgers' names, even though there are no lakes to swim in or trolleys to dodge in L.A. So forget about the Jazz's name and just dig the excellent threads. 5 Golden State Warriors -1 The NBA's most interesting uniform set got even more interesting last season, thanks to that alternate uni with the sleeves. Yeah, it looks absurd, so the Warriors have dropped a bit in the rankings, but here's the thing: That sleeved jersey would actually look pretty good if not for the pinstriped shorts. Here's hoping they go with basic gold shorts instead this season. 6 Miami Heat +2 Way too many variations on the same basic theme, but the theme is a good one, highlighted by the flaming "T" -- a brilliantly simple detail that totally works. Why can't other teams come up with something like this? No extraneous nonsense under the armholes or on the shorts. Such a solid set that you can almost forgive them for having a team name that doesn't end in "s." 7 Washington Wizards -1 If you're too young to remember the Washington Bullets, well, they didn't look exactly like the Wizards' current set, but the resemblance is pretty obvious. Aside from being a nice shout-out to DC's hoops heritage, these uniforms are also miles better than any of the Wizards' previous designs. One of the better uni-related success stories of recent years. 8 Oklahoma City Thunder -1 The NBA has been in a minimalist phase over the past four years or so, with teams such as the Thunder, Sixers, Nets, Cavs and Pelicans all unveiling very conservative designs. The Thunder's set is the best of this lot, thanks in large part to the orange trim, which really pops. The road design would probably be stronger if they put "City" below the uni number instead of stacking the two words, but it still works. Too bad about the alternate uni, though, which is one for the "What were they thinking?" file. 9 Portland Trail Blazers +1 Last season the Blazers gave their red alternate uni a really sharp updating. See how the tapered diagonal stripes now look more like a wagon wheel pattern from the Oregon Trail? Here's hoping they apply that same approach to their home and road designs. 10 Chicago Bulls +3 The Bulls have been using black lettering and numbering on their road jersey for 40 years now. Prior to that, though, they used white type with black outlining. Wouldn't mind seeing them go back to that style. And of course they should scrap the black alternate uni. 11 Phoenix Suns +5 This brand-new uni set, unveiled just a few days before the Power Rankings went live, will need to log some time on the court before we can fully evaluate it, but the early indications are promising. The whole package feels like a very tasteful updating of the Suns' 1990s look, and the orange gradient on the home lettering looks particularly sharp. Even the sleeved alternate works. One serious fly in the ointment, though: the wraparound butt striping on the shorts. 12 Detroit Pistons -1 How great would it be if the Pistons revived their old Ft. Wayne Pistons mascot character? OK, so that's not going to happen, but the new "Motor City" alternate uni helps give this set some much-needed zip. 13 Brooklyn Nets +16 It'll take a little time for this austere design to grow into its own, but the early returns are very promising. Kudos to the team and the league for having the guts to go with such a simple, no-frills approach. It works. 14 Indiana Pacers -2 A basketball uniform doesn't leave much room for creative design. There's no headwear, no long pants, no sleeves, no team-colored socks, and the players are required to wear uniform numbers on the front of the jersey, which eats up a lot of the available space. As a result, you end up with lots of middle-of-the-road designs that are neither wonderful nor awful -- they're just adequate. The Pacers' set is a prime example. 15 Philadelphia 76ers -1 If they had worn this set for the past 30 years, we'd probably think of it as a classic. For now, it just seems a bit dull. Then again, dull is better then some other designs they've worn. Suggestion: Redesignate the blue alternate as the primary road uni.