Denver Nuggets Primary Logo
Denver Nuggets Primary Logo History
Nuggets logo history unique is that they are a team originally from the ABA who made the transition to the NBA, so their logos span both leagues. As holdover from the old American Basketball Association, the Denver Nuggets were formerly named the Denver Rockets.
The new owners held a naming contest and chose Nuggets as the new name of the franchise. The team's first logo was "Maxie the Miner." The miner was a "Yukon Cornelius" looking prospector who was giddy to be holding the famous red, white and blue ABA basketball and his prospecting tools. The new logo was meant to show the new excitement that the team would bring to Denver.
In the team's next and final season in the ABA, they added a logo with a pick and a gold nugget, with a cool 1970's style font. This was an interesting look that strayed away from the traditional arched or script team name on a jersey.
After the demise of the ABA, the Nuggets joined the Spurs, Pacers and Nets in the NBA. The team continued to use their "Maxie the Miner" logo until the 1980 - 1981 season.
For the 1981 - 1982 season the team decided to go all Astros with their new look or a Atari "Super Breakout" look. The Nuggets font made the transition to the new logo that featured the Denver skyline in a rainbow colored design. This rainbow look was implemented around the team's jerseys as well, in an Astros style NBA look. This logo and uniform set was definitely one of the radically unique logos in NBA history.
In 1993, the team decided to do a complete overhaul of the rainbow look and completely redesigned the teams logo. The new logo featured a mountain peak over a gold arched Nuggets typeface. The original colors of this logo were navy and gold with a hint of red. This logo design is still used by the team as their primary logo, although it has gone through a few color changes over the years. In 2003, the team switched to a new color scheme of light blue and bright gold, ditching the darker navy and gold. The logo evolved again for the 2009 season with the reintroduction of navy to the previous color scheme.
The Nuggets are an interesting study in logo evolution, mainly because the team spanned both the ABA and NBA. The team has had many diverse looks over the years. I would also say that the current Nuggets team probably has the largest selection of "personal designs" that the NBA has ever seen.
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Denver Nuggets Primary Logo
2009 - Present
A darker blue snow capped mountain peak over “Nuggets” wordmark in yellow with a light blue trim. This logo has evolved for the 2009 season with the reintroduction of navy blue to the previous color scheme.
Denver Nuggets Primary Logo 2004-2008
2004 - 2008
In 2003, the team switched to a new color scheme of light blue and bright gold, ditching the darker navy and gold. The logo stayed the same from 1994.
Denver Nuggets Primary Logo 1994-2003
1994 - 2003
In 1993, the team decided to do a complete overhaul of the rainbow look and completely redesigned the team logo. The new logo featured a dark blue snow capped mountain peak over a gold arched “Nuggets” wordmark. An additional wordmark “DENVER” in white above the team name. The entire logo has a red trim.
Denver Nuggets Primary Logo 1982-1993
1982 - 1993
For the 1981 – 1982 the team decided to do a multi-color mosaic looking logo. The Nuggets black colored font made the transition to the new logo that featured the Denver skyline in a rainbow blocked colored design.
Denver Nuggets Primary Logo 1975 – 1981
The Nuggets first logo was “Maxie the Miner”. The red, blue and white miner was a “Yukon Cornelius” looking prospector who was giddy, leaping in the air, holding a ABA basketball and a prospecting pick axe. A wordmark “Denver” in red and “Nuggets” in blue with a unique font.
Denver Rockets Final Logo
1972 - 1974
The final logo for the Rockets was a yellow and purple rocket dribbling a basketball over rocky mountains with a purple circle and a wordmark “DENVER ROCKETS” in purple.
Denver Rockets Primary Logo 1968-1971
1968 - 1971
This custom design of owner Bill Ringsby trucking company logo, used as the original Denver Rockets logo with a wordmark “ROCKETS” written across a orange basketball surrounded by a ring. In addition, a wordmark “DENVER” on top and “RINGSBY SYSTEM” on the bottom in black on a white background.