The NBA has five teams changing or tweaking logos before the start of the 2017 season. Due to all these changes, it feels like a good time to rank all 30 NBA logos. Today is day one, logos 30-21 will be ranked.
30. Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers logo is terrible. The logo is a new one (starting the 2015-2016 season), and that makes it even worse. It is by far the most boring logo in the league. Hopefully the Clippers will do us a favor and make another logo change after next season.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder – The Clippers might have the most boring logo, but the Thunder’s logo is not far behind. It is bland but a little confusing at the same time. What is this even supposed to be? Why is it just a giant shield with the team name? There are so many different directions they could have gone in, but they didn’t.
28. Brooklyn Nets – Another shield with a basketball in it. To be fair, the name “Nets” does not give a ton of great logo ideas. That said, something better than this uninspired logo could have been used.
27. Denver Nuggets – The huge cartoony letters that take up more than half of the logo ruins it. The Nuggets have a unique color palette, but the yellow completely dominates the blue here. Show me more mountain and less emphasis on the team name.
26. New York Knicks – This logo has been around since the early 90’s. It is undoubtedly a classic, but is it really a great logo? It is needlessly boring. Since their inception the Knicks have had very plain logos. We’re talking about the biggest city in the United States, the city that never sleeps! There is no reason that the logo has to be so bland. Despite the fact that it has been around forever, the Knicks logo really isn’t anything special.
25. Dallas Mavericks – Another shield looking thing, this time with a horse and basketball on it. The white banner above the ball and horse seems unnecessary, and the whole logo just looks busy. Free the maverick! Let him roam, don’t keep him trapped in this basketball-shield mess.
24. Washington Wizards – The Washington Monument is a terrific landmark to build a logo around, and it doubles as a lace on the basketball. The logo screams America with the color scheme and stars and stripes. At the same time, it is cluttered. Definitely an upgrade from the red and blue wizard logo.
23. Detroit Pistons – The Pistons went back to their roots. Their new logo is an updated variation of one the team used starting in 1958. It has a classic look to it. It is simple, but it still seems filled out. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a red, white, and blue color scheme.
22. Minnesota Timberwolves – The 2017-2018 Timberwolves will have a brand new logo, new jerseys, a renovated stadium, and a roster that has undergone a major shakeup. For a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004, it seems like a much needed change. The new logo is an improvement on the last, the howling wolf is much cooler than the old snarling one. The North Star in the basketball-night sky is a nice touch. It’s a good logo, it will be interesting to see how the jerseys turn out.
21. Miami Heat – It’s a basketball on fire. Pretty cool. It’s an obvious choice, but what more do you expect from a team called the Heat? It’s hard to imagine a better logo for the Heat than this. The font is bold, but it isn’t too large and compliments the flaming ball just fine.