The NBA has long been fertile ground for rampant accessorization. Basketball requires only shoes, shorts and a mesh tanktop. There are no pads, no hats or helmets. The NBA body is a canvas to be adorned and decorated in accordance with a player’s personality. It’s awesome. But the era of long-sleeved jerseys and signature sock lines is threatening that marketplace of accessory innovation, and has us longing for the NBA’s most classic and enduring trends. Join me on a brief history of the best of the best.

Angelo Spagnolo is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.