10. Golden State Warriors – You probably assumed that the bridge in the Warriors logo was the Golden Gate Bridge, but actually it is the Bay Bridge. The blue and yellow color combination is great. The fact that the bridge isn’t centered in the circle is interesting and unique. The logo is featured prominently on the Warriors jerseys, and those are some of the best in the league as well.
9. San Antonio Spurs – Hey, are the Spurs just good at everything? They haven’t missed the playoffs since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997. Duncan has since retired, but that hasn’t stopped the Spurs from being one of the best teams in the NBA. Great team, great coaching, great organization, great logo. Silver is an underutilized color, and it works great with the Spurs name. The spur that is used for the “U” is a really smart idea. It isn’t flashy, but the Spurs aren’t either. The Spurs have a logo that rivals the rest of the organization’s greatness.
8. Memphis Grizzlies – This is one cool looking bear head. The yellow eyes contrast with the two different shades of blue and look really neat. The bear isn’t snarling, but the intimidating glare it gives it more toughness than the old Grizzlies logo. The grizzly is powerful, but calm. Usually, I’m not a fan of multiple shades of blue being on a logo, but the Grizzlies make it work.
7. Atlanta Hawks – The Hawks underwent a full redesign before the 2015-2016 season. The redesign featured some interesting changes: patterns on the jerseys, a volt green color, uniforms with different colored shorts and jerseys, etc. While those changes have been met with criticism, the overwhelming consensus seems to be that the Hawks nailed their new logo. The logo is very reminiscent of the logo the team used from 1972-1995. It’s simple, but looks great. I don’t know how I feel about the term “basketball club” that is featured at the bottom of the circle, but it is certainly different.
6. Philadelphia 76ers – The 76ers are named after the year the United States of America became an independent nation. The 13 stars right above the 7 represent the original 13 colonies. The rich blue color is awesome, and it meshes extremely well with the dark red contrast. It looks so simple, but it looks timeless.
5. Milwaukee Bucks – Fear the deer. The Bucks logo is no longer cartoony. The buck is stoic and fierce, the “M” that makes up the buck’s neck is brilliant. The cream color is unique and gives the Bucks logo a distinct feel, and it draws further attention to the deep forest green color of the buck. Milwaukee’s G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, has a similar logo but with three bucks.
4. Portland Trail Blazers – The Blazers redesigned their logo this year for the upcoming season and it looks great. It maintains the classic pinwheel and has set it free from the parallelogram it used to be trapped inside. Now the pinwheel is free. If you don’t know what the logo is supposed to be, you are not alone. There are ten black lines, five that are in the red section of the pinwheel, and five in the white section. These represent the ten players on court at the same time, and the different colors signify the different teams. It is creative, but even without knowing what the logo represents, it just looks really cool. Of the five teams that made logo changes for the upcoming NBA season, the Blazers logo is by far the best.
3. Charlotte Hornets – The Hornets have always had a popular logo, but with the return of the Charlotte Hornets in 2014, the logo was redesigned. And it looks amazing. The hornet looks intimidating and dangerous, unlike the goofy cartoon they previously had. The teal, purple, and white are a great set of colors. The logo makes me imagine a team filled with a lot of fast guys zipping down the floor. It is a fantastic design.
2. Boston Celtics – The Celtics logo is a true classic. The leprechaun might not be the most politically correct representation of the Irish (and you have to think if this logo were proposed today in 2017, there would be plenty of people upset), but it looks cool. Some of the designs behind this logo might be better, but it is impossible to separate this logo from the amazingly rich history it has.
1. Chicago Bulls – Could this really be any other logo? The Bulls logo has remained untouched since the franchise began in 1966. It is a true classic. The Bulls have had some rough times, but thankfully Michael Jordan was able to make this bad-ass logo a real winner in the history books. There isn’t much that needs to be said about the Bulls logo. Really, it’s the best logo in all of sports.