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NBA Logo Tourney

In our Clash of Logos series, here is the National Basketball Association’s logo tourney. Every NBA team’s current primary logo is represented in a logo bracket challenge. Who has the supreme primary logo in the NBA? Help us find out that supreme NBA primary logo by voting for all available bracket competition. Here are some rules for the brackets head to head match.

  1. Winner is the first to 1000 votes.
  2. Vote count is refreshed every Tuesday in the bracket.
  3. Everyone can vote once a DAY.
  4. Winner moves on to the next round.
  5. If a new logo comes out, the new logo replaces the previous and continues with the same votes.
  6. There are two bye’s in the first round and they have been awarded to the two oldest logos in the tourney. Longevity is an admiral trait for any logo, so we are allowing both the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics a bye in the first round.

Update: Tuesday August 4, 2020

Game #1

Bye

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Chicago Bulls – The iconic Bulls’ logo is comprises of the face of an angry and fierce red bull whose horns are tipped with blood. A wordmark “CHICAGO BULLS” in black above the bull. The logo was designed by noted American graphic designer Dean P. Wessel, a commercial designer and owner of a commercial design firm and the logo was adopted in 1966.

Chicago Bulls Primary Logo 1967 - Present

Chicago Bulls Primary Logo 1967 – Present


Game #2

New York Knickerbockers – The black was eliminated from the color scheme and the words “New York” was continued. One of the things we really wanted to do was capture some of the feeling in New York, so we made the ‘Knicks’ font looking up. It’s as if you’re right by the Garden and you’re looking up to the sky, and what you see are tall shapes. That was kind of the inspiration, and we added black below the lettering. Now it’s silver. We also evolved the basketball a little bit to make it more authentic to the actual ball.

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Philadelphia 76ers – The team’s new primary logo is a modern interpretation of the classic Sixers insignia, stylistically redeveloped to include a patriotic blue border with six white stars and “PHILADELPHIA” adorned across the heading. The familiar white basketball has been visually updated with a positional rotation of the seams. The emblematic ring of 13 stars present in the primary, partial and secondary logos continues to represent the original American Colonies.

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Game #3

Golden State Warriors – Bay Bridge in blue on a yellow circle with a wordmark “GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS” surrounding it, font and bridge updated for 2019-20 season.

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Utah Jazz – The Utah Jazz unveiled their new color scheme and the classic J-note logo, revealing a familiar look that is a throwback to the team’s early years in New Orleans and Salt Lake City. The team will now sport some of its old-school colors, including dark green and dark yellow as trim colors. Gray joins the darker blue, green and yellow tones as an official Jazz color. The Jazz wordmark – with the iconic music note “J” and the state’s name, will now be the team’s primary logo.

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Game #4

Miami Heat – In 1999, Miami Heat logo went through a minor changes, the structure and shape remain unchanged, but the color of the fiery basketball has changed to red below the rim and orange above the rim and the hoop has changed to white with black border. The T on the word Heat also shows a little flame on the top.

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San Antonio Spurs – Double arched wordmark “SAN ANTONIO” on top and “SPURS” on the bottom in black. The letter “U” is the alternate logo of a spur.

Determine the ultimate NBA logo, which logo is supreme?



Rules for the brackets head to head match.

  1. Winner is the first to 1000 votes.
  2. Vote count is refreshed every Tuesday in the bracket.
  3. Everyone can vote once a DAY.
  4. Winner moves on to the next round.
  5. If a new logo come out, the new logo replaces the previous and continues with the same votes.

Game #8

Milwaukee Bucks – The new Buck is only looking ahead, an imposing figure determined and focused on the path in front of him. An expanded rack (from 8 to 12 points) showing the maturation of the Buck, and underlining the point that he has become an even greater force. The basketball feature in the negative space between the antlers. The M Shape within the chest chevron as an homage to Milwaukee. With hard edges that appear almost cut from metal, and industrial but classic proprietary font juxtaposed against the curvature of the logo represents a symbolic union of urban and rural Wisconsin.

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Portland Trailblazers – The main change is the swap of the colors in the pinwheel, with red moving up top, and white — instead of silver — going to the bottom. There’s also a slight design change in terms of the angles and the ends of the pinwheel which do look pretty nice.

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Game #9

Orlando Magic – In 2011, the new logo incorporates the Magic’s wordmark “MAGIC” in blue with a white and black border giving a more integrated look. The updated look includes the team’s current logo with the iconic star ball carried over from the previous logo. On top is a wordmark “ORLANDO” in black.

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Dallas Mavericks – Incorporating a shield with a the head of a stallion, the stallion’s mane sweeps inside a circle giving the appearance of the seam lines found on a basketball. In addition, a wordmark of “Mavericks” at the bottom above a star and a wordmark “DALLAS” in black above the stallion.

New shades of blue and silver in this new logo version.

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Game #10

Los Angeles Clippers – The curved lines in the primary Clippers wordmark symbolize the horizon of the ocean as seen from the bridge of a Clipper ship – alluding to the team’s nautical theme roots. Unique, iconic and a distinctly “L.A.” logo, the Clippers new LAC monogram depicts a blue “C” wrapping around the “L.A.”, literally embracing the city. The stacked LA also takes the shape of a basketball court signifying “LA Basketball”. In addition, the silver lining seen in the Clippers wordmark signifies the renewed collective optimism of Clipper Nation.

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Toronto Raptors – The new design features a silver basketball with black lines that resemble the dinosaur claw that’s long been associated with the team. The words “Toronto Raptors” appear in white, block lettering above and below the basketball design on a black background with a red border. The new logo was designed by local firm Sid Lee a creative services agency.

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Game #11

Atlanta Hawks – The new primary logo is an enhanced return to the team’s “Pac-Man logo” that was used from 1972 – 1995 and that served as the team’s secondary logo this season. The enhanced logo adds the words “Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club” around the Pac-Man design. The modernized ‘Pac-Hawk’ logo inside a red roundel, with a wordmark “ATLANTA HAWKS BASKETBALL CLUB” arched around in white.

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Los Angeles Lakers – In 1977, the logo colors changed, as now the ball is clear yellow with black accents and the ball is rotated, the font is exactly the same and the color is a light purple lilac with the streaks.

Determine the ultimate NBA logo, which logo is supreme?



Rules for the brackets head to head match.

  1. Winner is the first to 1000 votes.
  2. Vote count is refreshed every Tuesday in the bracket.
  3. Everyone can vote once a DAY.
  4. Winner moves on to the next round.
  5. If a new logo come out, the new logo replaces the previous and continues with the same votes.

Game #15

Denver Nuggets – Gold pickaxes with a white and gold mountain peak between them, a white and gold basketball below inside a navy blue and red with gold trim roundel. Wordmark “DENVER NUGGETS” in white encircling the logo separated by two odd shaped gold stars.

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Indiana Pacers – Former primary logo in the middle of a yellow ring with wordmark on top “INDIANA and on the bottom “PACERS” in blue.

Alternate logo promoted to primary logo.

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Game #16

Phoenix Suns – A basketball sunburst over the stacked wordmark “PHOENIX SUNS” with a new font. The new logo features a black backdrop and a simplified basketball similar to the one used by the team from 1993 – 2000.

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Washington Wizards – The new primary logo incorporates the “monument ball” design that has been in place since 2011 in combination with the iconic striping from the team’s uniforms, the three stars that represent D.C., Maryland and Virginia and the team’s wordmark “WASHINGTON” and “WIZARDS” in white.

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Game #17

Houston Rockets – A red letter “R” shaped like a rocket ship blasting off on a black and graphite basketball planet with a wordmark “”HOUSTON ROCKETS” in white ringed around it.

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Cleveland Cavaliers – The new Cavaliers logos will carry forward both the popular “C-Sword” and “C” logos from previous years, as well as the original expression of Cavaliers Wine & Gold, the team’s first colors in their inaugural 1970 season, which were re-introduced in 2010-11. Navy remains a complimentary color, while black is officially introduced as a new and permanent addition to the Cavaliers color palette.

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Game #18

Brooklyn Nets – The new Nets logo features a blacked out shield and the wordmark “NETS” accompanied by the letter “B” inside a basketball in a crest and “BROOKLYN” underneath.

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Oklahoma City Thunder – The Oklahoma City Thunder unveiled their first logo on September 3, 2008. The logo is a large blue and yellow banner with the logo in the middle with the wordmark “OKC,” and splashes of yellow at the top and reddish-orange at the bottom. On top is the wordmark “THUNDER.”

Determine the ultimate NBA logo, which logo is supreme?



Rules for the brackets head to head match.

  1. Winner is the first to 1000 votes.
  2. Vote count is refreshed every Tuesday in the bracket.
  3. Everyone can vote once a DAY.
  4. Winner moves on to the next round.
  5. If a new logo come out, the new logo replaces the previous and continues with the same votes.

Game #22

Detroit Pistons – In 2017 the Pistons return to the 80’s and 90’s logo. Pistons changed the basketball to a solid red with white outline. The wordmark “DETROIT PISTONS” in white and in the center of the basketball. The red basketball is enclosed with a blue ring.

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Charlotte Hornets – The new Hornets logo utilizes the purple and teal color palette and features an aggressive looking hornet that is ready to attack. Its piercing eyes, raised antennae, expanded wings and pointed stinger depict its relentless intensity. Incorporated within the logo is a basketball that doubles as the hornet’s body. The logo contains several odes to that of the original Hornets with its white wings, white accents within its eyes, a stinger and the inclusion of a basketball. A wordmark “CHARLOTTE HORNETS” in white.

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Game #23

New Orleans Pelicans – The new Pelicans primary logo has a red background with the wordmark “PELICANS” and “NEW ORLEANS” written in white, a pelican’s head in white, gold wings and a bill in red, a gold basketball and crescent and a red fleur de lis at the top.

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Sacramento Kings – The new primary logo closely resembles the team’s original logo created back when the franchise moved from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985. A wordmark “KINGS” in purple in between a purple crown and a silver basketball. In addition a wordmark “SACRAMENTO” in white above the basketball.

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Game #24

Memphis Grizzlies – Slight adjustments made to previous Grizzlies’ primary logo, which include removal of lightest of their three blues at the snout, addition of grey outline, and new wordmark font “MEMPHIS” and “GRIZZLIES” in blue.

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Minnesota Timberwolves – A roundel logo with a wordmark “MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES” in white encircling a light blue basketball. A green star represents the north star and a head of a wolf howling.