NBA Logos: The Good, The Bad, The Down Right Ugly. May 30, 2013 10:21

Complex Magazine is awesome if you ever want to know the top 20 of anything that has ever existed. From "The Greatest Sneaker Moments of the 90's", through to "20 Photographs of Artists and Their Cats", Complex has got you covered.

Yesterday, we noticed that they had a run down of "NBA Logos We'd Like to be Brought Back", and there was some stuff in there we'd never even seen before!  While we agree that it would be cool if some of the logos in the list were brought back, we're really not sure about some others. 

You should take a look and see what you think, but below are a few that we would say are good, bad or dropped right from the top of the ugly tree.

 

THE GOOD

Vancouver Grizzlies 1995 - 1999 (Now Memphis Grizzlies)

I'd never seen this logo before in my life, but before I even saw the title, I knew which team it represented. The colours will forever be synonymous with the Grizzlies, even if they have taken a change in direction in recent years. Overall though, this logo is just downright cool. It would look stunning on a clean white tee. We're definitely with Complex in saying that this logo should be brought back!

 

San Antonio Spurs 1990 - 2002

This logo is still really recognisable for the Spurs, and the thing I like about it the most is that it brings a huge splash of colour to what is otherwise a pretty bland and boring logo. While the colourway reminds me of a tracksuit that I had in the 90's, I don't care. We could all do with a bit more colour in our lives. Bring this one back.

 

Houston Rockets 1995 - 2003

There's actually a fair amount of in-office disagreement about this one. I'm on the side of loving this old Houston Rockets logo. What's not to love? Bold colours, a scary looking cartoon rocket, and bucket loads more character than the current Rockets logo.  I'm also not a huge fan of the current Rockets uniform. red, white and grey has been pieced together to make one of the more boring strips in the NBA. Bring back some different colours and a bit of pin-stripe!

Right, that's enough eye candy, let's get onto the bad NBA logos.

 

THE BAD

Seattle Super Sonics 1967 - 1970 (Now Oklahoma City Thunder)

With all of this back and forth about whether the Sacramento Kings will be shutting up shop in California and heading north to become the Seattle Super Sonics, I was pretty excited about the prospect of having some yellow and green back in my life. The deal isn't going to happen, but what if it had, and my dreams had been further shattered by the Sonics bringing something like this back!

 

Denver Nuggets 1981 - 1993

I couldn't quite decide on this to begin with. I wondered whether the logo was so bad, that it was actually good. I finally settled on no. It's just bad. It's bad in the way that 80's was bad. If the Denver Nuggets was the team name for the world Tetrus champions, then this logo would be bang on. Otherwise, it's probably best that the Nuggets have moved on.

 

Philadelphia Warriors  1951 - 1962 (Now the Golden State Warriors)

As Complex said, "At least the name isn't racist." Otherwise, this is one bad logo that we can look back at and say, 'what were they thinking?'.

 

THE UGLY

New York Knicks 1946 - 1964

Who knew that the founding fathers could ball? No, me neither. Logo design is big business these days, and your logo can make or break you if you're a business. Luckily this wasn't the case back in the day. Logo design was obviously some sort of crazy after-thought.

 

Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons 1941 - 1948 (Now Detroit Pistons)

 

It took a few seconds for it to dawn on me what this actually is. It's a 'man' made out of pistons. Erm...ok.  I thought the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz had taken up basketball. Ugly, no question about it. 

 

Denver Nuggets 1949 - 1950

The only saving grace here is that the Nuggets only kept this logo for a year. Hopefully they saw sense and set fire to this logo. It looks like there's an angry man, carrying a turd around, threatening people with his pick axe. Yes it might scare your opponents, but it'll probably scare off just about every body else as well. 

 

These are only a few examples of some really horrendous logos from the history of the NBA, and I can tell you now there are loads more. Which logo do you think is the worst ever to grace the hardwood of the NBA?