Okay, so I looked at the uniforms again on the NBL Store and my first appraisal was probably a bit unfair.
I took the trouble of posting pictures of the new jerseys up against last year's on the Australian NBL Fans Facebook group, and it is fairly clear to see when they're posted alongside eachother that First Ever actually has made a positive improvement on almost all of them.
When looking at the cuts of the jerseys they certainly look more form fitted and complimentary than last year's jerseys. The side trim is slimming and will help give the wearer and tapered looking mid-section. Also, the spacing and colors are a bit better.
So while these have not been the innovative overhauls I think we all wanted, they do improve upon last year's offerings in a few key areas. Certainly the 36er jersey is markedly better, but you'd only really see the difference of quality when you juxtapose the two together and see that this year's jersey looks like it might be worn by a professional sports team, and the other, not so much.
Might be worth you guys getting a better look at the uniforms on the First Ever site, because rake thin K Mart models probably aren't stretching the shirts enough for you to get the full scope of what they look like. I've actually totally done a 180 on this, and not a single dollar has gone in my bank for it.
I think in future, though, the designs need to be better. The cut and fit looks good, so do the side trim, and the improvement in spacing, but I feel like the basis of jerseys from now on should actually be the heritage round jerseys from whatever the most iconic year in any given team's history was. For mine, if they could do something based on the 00/01 jersey in a dark blue for the 36ers, but modernized, I'd be pretty happy with that. The concepts that teams were using for those 90s uniforms really don't need to change too much and are iconic already. A bit of a spruce up and you'd have something that even non-fans would buy.
Either way might be worth taking another look at these jerseys.