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The Best Timberwolves Jerseys Ever: Option #3

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Nostalgia. Design. Success. These beauties have everything.

Credit: Sports Illustrated

All week here at Canis Hoopus, the staff and I have been taking a look at the best, worst, and most questionable jerseys in the history of the Minnesota Timberwolves. If you’re interested in reviewing what threads have previously been discussed, I’ve provided some quick links below.

Without recycling everything I wrote yesterday, I should at least mention that all of this was inspired by a tweet from a few weeks ago that highlighted most of the notable uniforms in franchise history:

As you know by now, while hundreds of you replied, quote tweeted, and/or stated your opinion in the comment sections, it became abundantly clear that the majority of fans thought the combination of #2, #4, and #9 was the “correct” answer. With arguments for #4 and #9 already made, it’s time to dive into what I believe are the best jerseys in the team’s history.

From a pure nostalgic standpoint, #2 (and technically #7) are undefeated. As Kyle Ratke wrote back in 2017, the Wolves donned these jerseys during eight-straight trips to the postseason, including the infamous 2003-2004 season that saw Kevin Garnett win the MVP and lead his franchise to their first (and only) Western Conference Finals appearance.

Via nba.com
Minnesota Timberwolves

While the team technically wore the all-white versions during the biggest game in franchise history (Game 7 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals), I’m going to make the executive decision to select the black threads for Option #3, because like they say... well, never mind.

Everything, and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G about these all-black uniforms are perfect. To this day, I still believe the font used for “Timberwolves” is the most original, creative font ever used on a jersey (plus the white font on black material makes the team name literally JUMP off the chest). Also, if we’re being transparent with one another, the green and black tree pattern (shown below) is the single-greatest graphic design I’ve seen in my 31 years on Earth, and it might be a design I plan on getting tattooed on my arm once #QuarantineLife settles down (sorry, mom).

Via: Minnesota Timberwolves

Again, while the white version may have a better track record in terms of team success, the black version just screams strength, intensity, and toughness — all core values that made up the man best known for wearing this jersey during that era.

As for the shorts — this is where the black version pulls away at the finish line. Neither the white shorts (nor the blue ones for that matter) can hold a candle to the black shorts, and they are the perfect clothing item to wear around the house, at the lake, or even paired with a button-up during highly important business meetings (while telecommuting, of course).

After reading this, it’s probably clear which way I lean when it comes to picking the best Wolves jersey of all time, but now I want YOUR input. Vote below (or leave a comment) on which of the three options from above (#2, #4, or #9) you think deserves to hang in the jersey rafters (and in our closets).

Poll

Which of these is the best jersey in Minnesota Timberwolves history?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    #2: 2003-2004 Swingman Jersey (Black)
    (74 votes)
  • 18%
    #4: 2018-2019 City Edition (Prince)
    (23 votes)
  • 22%
    #9: 1995-1996 Hardwood Classic (Blue)
    (28 votes)
125 votes total Vote Now
*Voting will end Sunday night at 11:59pm CST*