It's a super durable shirt and I want another like it, but I bought it over 10 years ago.
It's 100 % cotton and is a Reebok NBA "Hardwood Classics" shirt.

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The front looks like standart knitting (stockinette stitch).The picture quality of the back is too low to say for sure, but it looks similar to how the backside a stockinette stitch should look.

The stockinette stitch is the most basic stitch and used for most machine-knitted fabrics. You find it in almost all tshirts, sweaters, socks and other knitwear.

The notable difference of your picture to that of most knitwear is that the right side of every stitch is twined so much that it appears to be one continuous line. This is a sign of quality because the single fibres of a yarn cannot be pulled from it easily if it's twined.

So my guess is this:
The fabric is knit by machines in the stockignette stitch like almost all knitted fabrics but the manufacturer used high-quality twine instead of cheap thread.

For comparison: This is how a stockinette stitch looks like with yarn that was not twined. The regular V-shapes of the individual stitches are clearly visible.

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And this yarn was slightly twined. It's the same pattern, but the stitches seem to blend together into rows of vertical and diagonal lines.

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  • Thanks, it is terrible that when looking for clothes all of this type of information such as weave type is rarely presented (probably because too much information dissuades most consumers). Also the difference between the quality of the twine is probably hard to convey in a comparable manner that is easy for the lay man such as myself to understand. – T mam Jan 27 at 15:06
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    @Tmam There are vast differences in quality of cotton. Cheep shirts are often made from low-quality cotton with short fibres. The longer the cotton fibres, the more durable the shirt is. Higher prices are generally a sign of better quality, but unfortunately no guarantee. But take a look at close-up pictures of knit fabrics and take note of the even, V-shaped loops. The loops in your shirt look uneven, almost like rows of vertical and diagonal lines. Look for this pattern in your shirts to find a new one made of twine. – Elmy Jan 27 at 15:17

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