Logos, where sports teams are concerned, are of huge significance and importance. And what is often the case is that logos change slightly over the years, but they retain most of their important features, ensuring the past and what has gone before are never forgotten. A prime example of this is how the Washington Wizard’s logo has changed over time.
The Washington Wizards are one of the most prominent and recognizable teams in the NBA for anyone who doesn't know. They’re a basketball team that is incredibly popular, which is why they have so many fans. And many of these fans go the extra mile by watching the team play and by including them in any number of basketball betting markets online. These fans also appreciate the team's rich history and, more specifically, the logo.
There are several things to note where the Wizard’s logo is concerned, with the first being that since the team formed in 1961, the logo has changed a total of fourteen times and counting. And a lot of these changes have been in conjunction with the franchise name being changed too. The team started out as the Chicago Packers, and it’s also been known by several other names before settling on the Washington Wizards, which is what it’s known as today.
Going way back to 1962, the first ever logo was actually a basketball in the traditional color of orange. The lines you’d expect to see on a basketball were there, and then there was a bull’s head front and center to complete the simple but effective look. A year later, in 1963, however, this logo was replaced by one that displayed the word Zephyrs after the team’s new name, which became a common theme.
Believe it or not, but it wasn’t long until another name change occurred, less than a year later, with the Zephyrs now the Baltimore Bullets. After a year where the logo was simple and brought back the image of the basketball with the team name and a bullet on show, everything started to be more uniform-like under the Baltimore Bullets name, which was the case from 1968 to 1997, although slight name changes and tweaks occurred, with the franchise known as the Capital Bullets in 73/74, Washington Bullets from 74 to 87 and then just Bullets for the next decade.
In the main, the logo was the word Bullets with two arms taking on the role of the letter Ls and reaching for a basketball. It became synonymous with the franchise, and things only changed again when the Bullets became the Wizards, which they have been since 1997. The good news is that the logo has only changed once since, which is sure to have pleased fans who enjoy the stability.
The logo for the Washington Wizards started out as an abstract image of a wizard holding a basketball, and now it’s a circular logo with a centerpiece that features a basketball shape, a star, and what appears to be some sort of monument. There are another two stars on the show, with the trio representing Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, while Washington is etched across the top and the Wizards at the bottom. It may be a slightly more reserved design, but it fits with modern-day logos well, which was the aim.
How the logo looks now makes a lot of sense, considering that it represents the color of the team’s uniform. When you look back, not only has the team, in terms of its name, been on somewhat of a journey but so has the logo. It’s never really been out there as unique and awe-inspiring, but there was the abstract phase. You could say there’s been a desire to remain uniform in the approach to the design, sticking to the status quo of sorts, which is what the current logo reflects.
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