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NBA: Ranking All the Team Logos from the Worst to the Very Best

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 29, 2011

NBA: Ranking All the Team Logos from the Worst to the Very Best

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    The NBA has its share of classic logos that take us back to a time where greatness was radiant, and losing was not accepted.

    Others, on the other hand, resemble a fresh new style that means business.

    All in all, there are some pretty cool logos in the association, and I encourage you to take a look at the following 30 slides as I will rank each and every one.

     

    Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JosephFafinski while you're at it.

30. Toronto Raptors

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    You might as well call this one "Jurassic Park IV" since you could get away with it.

    Seriously though, a completely red raptor dribbling a basketball? Give me a break.

29. Sacramento Kings

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    I'm not really even sure what to say about this one.

    I mean, with the name "Kings" you could have undoubtedly come up with a better logo.

28. Atlanta Hawks

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    When the Atlanta Hawks renovated their primary logo for the first time in 23 years, I was expecting something better than a slight modification.

    Seriously though, they should be using their alternate as the one we see everyday. At least that one would be top 15.

27. Phoenix Suns

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    The "Streaking Suns" logo has been used for about 20 years now, just with different modifications.

    Even their 40th anniversary logo was more attractive than the one we see on the left.

    Whenever I look at this, I think of Steve Nash though.

26. New Jersey Nets

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    I know you're called the New Jersey "Nets", but shouldn't there be some evidence of a Net?

    Otherwise you can be called the "Not-Nets". That's just fine by me.

25. Milwaukee Bucks

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    I dig it, sort of, but at least try to make the Buck intense in the slightest.

    Their old classic logo was one that would scared me off. Well, sort of.

24. Indiana Pacers

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    Only after so many Reggie Miller documentaries can one's eyes be prone to this logo, but in all honesty it's pretty ugly.

    Forget for a second that it's a classic. Now how do you feel about it?

23. Charlotte Bobcats

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    The Charlotte Bobcats did their best impression of a fierce logo.

    What they ended up with was an orange cat. Like literally, it looks like a cat.

22. Portland Trail Blazers

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    I think the Portland Trail Blazers' logo would be much higher on this list if it weren't for the Suns having a similar logo.

    My, how Phoenix has to ruin everything.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves

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    I, as a fan of the club, think this logo is alright, but they definitely need to get rid of the trees fairly soon.

    I'm pretty sure no other is going to confuse the "Timberwolves" without the timber trees if you know what I mean.

20. New York Knicks

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    I was thinking about putting the New York Knickerbockers higher on this list, but the fact of the matter is that their logo needs a little change. By a little, I might mean a lot.

    Aside from that, it's cool, it's classic, and it brings back good memories for Knicks fans.

19. Houston Rockets

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    This one is heck of a lot better than the old one, a logo that resembled the Phoenix Suns'.

    Nothing will ever the Hakeem era ones, though, although many would disagree. I thought they were terrific.

18. New Orleans Hornets

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    I like this logo, I really do, but I prefer the Mardi Gras one better. That one would be top five if it was the main symbol of their duds.

    Something I love about this one, though, is the "NOLA" in the middle with the H. 

17. Memphis Grizzlies

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    I love the Memphis Grizzlies' logo. It's intense, but at the same time it brings about a fierce manner in it.

    The yellow eyes are just the icing on the cake.

    My only suggestion would be to get rid of the "Grizzlies" on the bottom.

16. Philadelphia 76ers

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    I think this one would be tons cooler if the Sixers eliminated the box that said "Philadelphia" at the bottom and somehow incorporated it into the basketball.

    Nonetheless, it's a classic.

15. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    This one is awesome yet simple. The sword is the finishing touch.

    My only suggestion would be to eliminate some of the yellow, but otherwise it's a solid symbol.

14. Miami Heat

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    This is a solid logo, sure, but I don't like that it says "Miami Heat" at the bottom.

    It'd be much better off without it. It's not like the fans are unsure of who this team is without it.

13. Dallas Mavericks

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    The world champions sport a stylish logo that has a great color scheme.

    Actually, it'd be perfect if they made the shield blue and the Mavericks outline gray.

    Any thoughts on that change?

12. Los Angeles Clippers

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    For such a bad-luck stricken team, the Los Angeles Clippers do have a fairly nice logo.

    Maybe if Donald Sterling decided to stop depriving his minions then they'd be more recognized, but considering that guy is the biggest jerk in the NBA it's not going to happen anytime soon.

11. Washington Wizards

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    I'm not going to lie to you, Bleacher Report-- I love the Washington Wizards new logos.

    The old color combination was an eye sore and the team made this one much more simpler.

    If we were talking about alternates, the Wiz would have theirs in the top five for sure.

10. Los Angeles Lakers

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    This guy is, without question, the most recognizable in the sport and maybe even second out of any professional team behind the Yankees.

    So why is it so low?

    Maybe it has to do with the collective "eh" that fans alike have uttered when discussing the matter.

    I'm not suggesting a change—I mean, it is a classic.

9. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    It might not make any sense as to why the team is named the "Thunder," but the logo is a catchy one, something that was made for T-shirts.

    Even though Seattle fans are bitter about their departing Sonics, at least they can be happy at what is in Oklahoma City now.

8. San Antonio Spurs

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    Here's a logo that doesn't mess around.

    It simply gets the job done. That's all there is to say about it.

7. Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz coined a "new look" to their logo last summer, and it sure has paid off.

    The color scheme looks 10 times better, and now we don't have to look at eyesore that reminded us all of the 1990's Jazz.

    Big ups for Utah!

6. Denver Nuggets

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    This color scheme just works.

    Around the time Carmelo Anthony was drafted, the team moved away from all the blue and maroon and had this to work with.

    Bravo, Denver.

5. Detroit Pistons

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    Just looking at this puppy has Detroit fans thinking of the Bad Boys era, a time where winning and the Pistons were synonymous terms.

    The change from the odd-looking horse to this was a fantastic one.

4. Orlando Magic

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    Switching their logo in the past few years was an absolutely brilliant move by the Orlando Magic management, and it is one that should be lauded.

    With the ushering in of the Dwight Howard dominance era comes forth a dominating logo. How fitting.

3. Chicago Bulls

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    When you take a gander at the Chicago Bulls logo, Michael Jordan highlights instantly flash before your face.

    I'm pretty sure this logo is so beloved that a riot would occur if the team ever tried to modify it extensively.

2. Boston Celtics

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    Just looking at this brings back a plethora of good and bad memories alike.

    It's been around since the 1950s and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

1. Golden State Warriors

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    How can this one not be number one?

    In no way is this slandering the Bulls, Celtics or the Magic, but this is hands down the best.

    I mean, c'mon, you move from a guy in a metal suit to this?

    The Golden State Warriors' logo ranks with the best in professional sports.

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