NBA Jersey Buying & Fitting Guide

NBA Jersey Buying & Fitting Guide

Full NBA Jersey Buying & Fitting Guide

You’ll look ready to check into the game when you have an official NBA jersey. A team, player or custom jersey is the best way for fans of all ages to show their loyalty. You probably already know who you want to represent — but what jersey style should you buy? Clark Street Sports has put together this NBA Jersey Buyer’s Guide for Chicago Bulls fans and NBA fans who need a helping hand.

There are many options on the market for jersey-seekers. Whether you want a home jersey, road jersey, throwback or special edition, Clark Street Sports will help you find one at a price you can afford.

Nike Authentic NBA Jerseys

An authentic basketball jersey is just like it sounds — a jersey designed to be worn by actual NBA players. Officially-licensed Nike jerseys are made of 100% recycled lightweight polyester with AeroSwift technology that wicks moisture away and dries quickly. The names, numbers and logos are applied with PowerTwill embroidering; this, along with open side venting, keeps the jersey breathable. A heat-sealed silicone NBA logo at the center-back neckline and jock tag on the bottom left verify it’s the genuine article. Authentic NBA jerseys cost between $200 and $300. However, you can often get them for less if a player has recently left the team via trade or free agency.

Nike Swingman NBA Jerseys

The Swingman jersey is much more popular as they look good at a price point for the common fan. Like the authentic jerseys, they are made 100% polyester with an athletic cut. The Nike Dry fabric contains Dri-FIT® technology to wick away moisture. The tackle twill graphics are heat-applied instead of embroidered and there are woven stripes on the trim. Nike has also given these jerseys a rib knit collar and arm. Most Swingman basketball jerseys are in the $110 to 130 price range, making them a good mid-level jersey you can wear casually.

Adidas Basketball Jerseys

While Adidas lost the rights to be the official NBA jersey manufacturer in 2015, there are still some of their jerseys on the market. Adidas offered the Authentic and Swingman jerseys just like Nike, and they were similar in terms of materials and construction. They also had a low-budget Replica NBA jersey line with screen-printed numbers and more of a T-shirt cut. Since it’s been several years since Adidas made jerseys, some of the ones available are considered out-of-date. However, they cost much less than the current Nike jerseys, making them a good budget or retro option if you can find them.

Hardwood Classics Throwback Jerseys

Take a trip down memory lane with a vintage NBA jersey. Mitchell & Ness makes Authentic and Swingman throwback basketball jerseys of all-time greats and fan-favorites — on the Chicago Bulls side, that means Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and others. Hardwood Classics jerseys use 100% polyester mesh fabric with side splits at the waist hem. The Swingman jerseys have tackle twill graphics while the Authentics have felt-embroidered lettering. You’ll get the uniform colors, logos and patterns of yesteryear, and you can even find All-Star Game or one-off throwbacks. Pricing is similar to the Nike jerseys.

NBA Jersey Sizing

The fit of a basketball jersey is unlike any other garment you wear. A good-fitting jersey goes a long way towards feeling good about your team’s chances. Here’s the official NBA jersey size information from Nike and Mitchell & Ness.

Nike Men’s Swingman Jerseys

 

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

Numeric

40

44

48

52

56

58

Chest

35-37.5

37.5-41

41-44

44-48.5

48.5-53.5

53.5-58

Length

27.7

28.1

28.9

29.6

30.4

31.2

 

Nike Woman’s Swingman Jerseys

 

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Bust

29.5-32.5

32.5-35.5

35.5-38

38-41

41-44.5

44.5-48

Waist

23.5-26

26-29

29-31.5

31.5-34.5

34.5-38.5

38.5-42.5

Hips

33-35.5

35.5-38.5

38.5-41

41-44

44-47

47-50

Length

25.5

26

26.5

26.75

27

27.5

 

Nike Youth NBA Jerseys

BOYS

S

M

L

XL

U.S. Size

8

10/12

14/16

18/20

Chest

33

36

39.5

42.5

Length

23

25

27

29

Hips

33

36

39.5

42.5

GIRLS

S

M

L

XL

U.S. Size

7/8

10/12

14

16

Chest

30

33.5

35

36.5

Length

21.75

23.5

24.6

25

Hips

31.5

34.5

36

37.5

 

Mitchell & Ness Men’s Jerseys

 

36

40

44

48

52

56

60

64

U.S. Size

S

M

L

XL

2XL

3XL

4XL

5XL

Chest

37-39

41-43

45-47

49-51

53-55

57-59

61-62

65-67

Length

29.5-30.5

30.5-31.5

31.5-32.5

32.5-33.5

33.5-34.5

34.5-35.5

35.5-36.5

36.5-37.5

 

How to Spot a Fake NBA Jersey

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — except when it comes to jerseys. Many fakes are out there, and buying them shows disrespect to the players and yourself. The good news is that it’s easier than you might think to spot counterfeit NBA jerseys. Here are some of the best ways — and remember: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  1. Jerseys are priced way below market value — for example, an “Authentic” jersey that costs $100 or less.
  2. The material feels rough or has loose strings, frayed ends and other signs of poor quality.
  3. The NBA logo patch and tags are missing or in the wrong spot.
  4. The size tags have a larger font (official jerseys use a skinny size font).
  5. Misaligned elements, misspelled player/team names and/or incorrect fonts.
  6. The seller won’t offer a guarantee, is evasive or has extensive negative feedback.

The NBA Jerseys You Love

Clark Street Sports is an authorized retailer of official NBA jerseys for your beloved Chicago Bulls. Buy them online with free shipping on orders over $49 or visit a store in the greater Chicago area. We stand behind all our products for passionate fans like you.

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