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Suns Unveil Black Statement Jerseys

The Phoenix Suns officially unveiled their 2022-23 Statement jerseys ahead of their media day on Monday.

After months of speculation, the Phoenix Suns have officially unveiled their Statement jerseys:

This is the second set of uniforms to be unveiled for the upcoming season after Phoenix announced their retro Hardwood Classic uniforms celebrating their 1992 NBA Finals run.

The black Statement uniforms, which features a "PHX" across the chest, have seen variations leaked for months prior to release. It's safe to say the actual product looks better than the designed mock-ups. 

With a similar look to the beloved "The Valley" uniforms, the Suns showed some love in their official press release:

"Phoenix is the home of the Suns, but fandom has grown well beyond the city’s metro limits.

"The team’s “Valley” City Edition uniform became an instant classic after it debuted in 2020 as much for its beautiful design as for its galvanizing nature around the concept that the Valley is more than a point on the map. That uniform had an unprecedented two-year run – “unprecedented” because by Nike and NBA guidelines, City Edition uniforms are only to be worn for one season.

"Building on the Valley motif rather than abandoning it for a completely new design, the Suns are bringing back the distinctive sunrise/sunset gradient on a black chassis with the new Nike Statement Edition uniform, presented by PayPal, to start the 2022-23 NBA season.

"The threads debut in a new brand video anchored with the voice of 2022 NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams. The words of Williams double down on the organization’s unwavering pursuit of excellence from sunrise to sunset. It’s the devotion to the work that has put Phoenix basketball back on the global stage and what resonates with Suns fans when they hear, “We are the Valley.”

"The Statement Edition uniform and corresponding film capture Phoenix’s vibrant colors, cityscape and community. For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the jersey features a bold “PHX” across the chest.

"Centercourt Creative, the Suns’ in-house creative team, worked in partnership with Nike during the design process.

“'Phoenix is a basketball town and we wanted to represent its spirit in this design,' said Chris Grasha, creative director, Phoenix Suns. 'Knowing that The Valley uniform was going to be retired, we found it important to incorporate its iconic gradient into the new Statement Edition. It is going to be electric seeing the players take these to the court this season.'

"This marks the third season that Jordan Brand is featured on the Nike Statement Edition uniforms. The iconic Jumpman mark on the upper right chest flanks the PayPal jersey patch on the upper left. PayPal has been the team's patch partner since 2018.

"The gradient design continues on the short's trim and the outline of SUNS is in bold lettering along the length of each side.

"The Suns will introduce the Statement uniform when the team opens the 2022-23 season against the Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center on October 19. The uniform will remain in the rotation for multiple seasons and replace the orange Statement uniform first introduced in 2019."

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