Mapping NBA Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are still riding the high of bringing home the NBA championship for the first time in their 47-season history when they overcame a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals to win the series against the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers date back to 1970 when they were admitted into the NBA along with a couple of other teams. While they’ve had plenty of postseason appearances (20 so far), their history also includes spells of difficulty, including the mid-1980s and the early part of the 21st century when winning seasons were scarce and the postseason didn’t happen.

Upon the drafting of LeBron James No. 1 overall in 2003, their fortunes turned, and the team soon returned to postseason play. The four years during which King James played in Miami were marked by a string of losing seasons. Once he returned to Cleveland, however, they went to the finals two straight years in a row and won it all in 2016.

As the Cavs battle their way in hopes of returning to postseason play (and possibly a third-straight finals appearance), let’s take a look at where the current roster comes from, and what college conferences led to today’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

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LeBron James, arguably one of the NBA’s most recognizable players, not only plays professionally in Ohio but also is a native Ohioan. Hailing from Akron, he was highly touted as the next Michael Jordan, and his draft stock was so high he went No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers in 2003.

Other Cavaliers stars include Kevin Love, who calls Lake Oswego, Oregon, home, and played college ball at UCLA. His father, Stan Love, also played pro-ball for the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Bullets. Kyrie Irving is from West Orange, New Jersey, and attended Duke. Iman Shumpert comes from Oak Grove, Illinois, and went to the Georgia Institute of Technology. DeAndre Liggins also hails from Chicago and attended the University of Kentucky.

Kyle Korver, Creighton University alumnus, is from Pella, Iowa, and Channing Frye, who is from Phoenix, went to the nearby University of Arizona.

Cavaliers’ College Conferences

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When looking at the Cleveland roster as a whole, the Pac-12 Conference contributed the most players (30.8 percent). Three players came from the University of Arizona (Frye, Richard Jefferson, and Derrick Williams), and the other Pac-12 player, Love, came from UCLA.

The Atlantic Coast Conference isn’t far behind, with 23.1 percent of the Cavaliers coming from schools in that conference. In addition to Irving and Shumpert hailing from the ACC, James Jones, from Miami, Florida, attended an ACC school (the University of Miami).

There are also a few players who were the sole contribution from their university conference, such as Tristan Thompson, a Big 12 player from the University of Texas (Austin), and Kay Felder, who shot hoops at Oakland University, which is part of the Horizon League.

While the Pac-12 makes up a large portion of the Cleveland squad, there were contributions from several others as well. As you root for your Cavaliers to continue their quest for another shot at the national title, be sure to check out Fanatics to get the best Cavs gear around.

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Mapping NBA Teams: Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors got their start in Philadelphia in 1946 as one of the charter members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which eventually became the NBA. In 1962, they split from Philly and headed west. They were known as the San Francisco Warriors for nine seasons, but they adopted their current moniker, Golden State Warriors, in 1971.

The franchise has won four national titles (most recently in 2015). These days, they’re working to get back to the postseason and possibly a third-straight-Finals appearance. Some might say this team has been all over the map.

Let’s look at the roster to see which cities and universities helped form today’s Golden State Warriors.

Forming the Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are well known for a few feats, including last season’s NBA-best season record of 73-9. The most identifiable player is, of course, Stephen Curry, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and went to college at nearby Davidson College, where he helped his college team go on a pretty great Cinderella run in the 2007-2008 NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight. Klay Thompson, another standout player, attended Washington State University after he left his home in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

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There are a few Warriors who hail from the Midwest, notably Andre Iguodala, who came from Springfield, Illinois and played college ball pretty far from home at the University of Arizona. Then there’s Shaun Livingston, from Peoria, Illinois. JaVale McGee also calls Illinois home (Chicago), and Kevon Looney came from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, although he headed to California to play ball for UCLA.

Other players include Zaza Pachulia (Tbilisi, Georgia), Patrick McCaw (Rockville, Maryland, who attended UNLV), and Draymond Green (Saginaw, Michigan, who went to Michigan State University).

Pac-12 Shines in Oakland

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When it comes to the NCAA conferences that contributed to Golden State’s current roster, the Pac-12 stands out as the biggest piece of the pie. Players from the Pac-12 include Klay Thompson (Washington State), Andre Iguodala (Arizona), and Kevon Looney (UCLA). Also represented: the Mountain West Conference, with alumni such as Patrick McCaw (UNLV) and Javale McGee (University of Nevada, Reno).

There are quite a few smaller conference slices of the Golden State pie, including Kevin Durant (Big 12, University of Texas, Austin), Draymond Green (Big Ten, Michigan State), Damian Jones (Southeastern, Vanderbilt), and two-time NBA MVP, Steph Curry (Atlantic 10, Davidson).

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Today’s Golden State Warriors roster is made up of players from both coasts, the Midwest, the Mountain States, and the South. Have you watched Curry grow from a member of an improbable Elite Eight college team to his stardom in California? Or are you just hoping your Warriors head back to the Finals?

Keep it Golden

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Mapping NBA Teams: Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics are one of the original Basketball Association of America (BAA) teams, dating their debut back to the 1946-47 season. When the BAA merged with another fledgling professional basketball league, the NBL, the NBA was formed. By 1969, the Celtics had had a massive postseason rampage and racked up 11 championships in 13 years, thanks to players like Bill Russell and Bob Cousy.

The team added a couple of more trophies in the mid-1970s, and the Larry Bird era – which began in the late ’70s – brought three more championships to Boston. Most recently, the Celtics won the finals in 2008 with the Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen), bringing the team’s total to an NBA record of 17.

Today’s Boston Celtics find themselves in second place in the NBA Eastern Conference as they work to get back to the postseason, hoping for an 18th championship trophy to add to the shelf. Let’s take a look at where the team’s players hail from and what colleges they attended.

The Celtics Come From Here

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Isaiah Thomas, a two-time NBA All-Star, was born in Tacoma, Washington, but played high school basketball in South Kent, Connecticut. He attended the University of Washington for college ball, closer to his birthplace, and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. Teammate Avery Bradley was also born in Tacoma but went to the University of Texas at Austin for college.

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Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016, is from Marietta, Georgia, but attended college on the other side of the country – at the University of California, Berkeley. Jae Crowder, who hails from Villa Rica, Georgia, headed northwest for college ball at Marquette University.

Jonas Jerebko doesn’t hail from the U.S. at all – he’s from Kinna, Sweden. Al Horford wasn’t born in the U.S. either (he was born in the Dominican Republic) but attended college at the University of Florida. Same with Kelly Olynyk – hailing from British Columbia, Canada, he played ball at Gonzaga University.

From the SEC and ACC to Boston

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Two college conferences make up the bulk of the Celtics roster. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference each contribute over 27 percent, or more than half, of the team’s players. From the ACC, we have Demetrius Jackson (University of Notre Dame), Terry Rozier (University of Louisville), and Tyler Zeller (University of North Carolina). From the SEC, Boston features James Young (University of Kentucky), Al Horford (as mentioned above, he was a Gator), and Jordan Mickey, who played for LSU.

Two conferences contributed two players. From the Big 12, Avery Bradley played at the University of Texas at Austin, and Marcus Smart suited up for Oklahoma State University. The Pac-12 produced both Isaiah Thomas and Jaylen Brown.

Other conferences represented are the West Coast Conference (Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga) and Big East Conference (Jae Crowder, Marquette).

Heading Up to Boston

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Mapping NBA Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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From Seattle to Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Thunder weren’t always known as the Thunder, nor were they always located in Oklahoma. Instead, the team got its start farther north in 1967 as the Seattle SuperSonics. They remained in the Pacific Northwest for 41 seasons, where they notched one national championship (1979). Despite a single championship, the SuperSonics were regular contenders – a fact that didn’t change much when they headed south.

In 2006, the SuperSonics franchise was sold to a group of Oklahoma City investors and relocated to OKC before the 2008 season. While they left their name behind in Seattle, the team’s history and records (including the championship win) came along with them.

The Thunder have had their fair share of playmakers over the years, including the recently departed Kevin Durant (to Golden State) and James Harden (to Houston) as well as current phenom Russell Westbrook.

Today’s Thunder roster features players from around the country as well as around the world. Check out where each piece of the Thunder puzzle comes from.

Mapping the Thunder

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College Contributions

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Checking out the college conferences that helped build today’s Thunder roster, it’s easy to note that a big chunk comes from the Pac-12. Schools like the University of Southern California (Gibson), the University of Colorado (Roberson), Stanford (Huestis), and UCLA (Westbrook) all represent the Pac-12 in OKC.

The next largest piece of the roster comes from the ACC, including the University of Pittsburgh (Adams), Syracuse (Grant), and Duke (Singler). The Big East contributed two Thunder players (Doug McDermott from Creighton and Semaj Christon from Xavier), and the Big 12 (Collison from KU) and Big Ten (Oladipo from IU) are also represented in pro-basketball in Oklahoma.

Heading On Down to OKC

Whether you’ve been following Westbrook from his college days at UCLA or have followed the Thunder from their origin in Seattle, rest assured there is plenty of awesome Oklahoma City Thunder gear at Fanatics.com.

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Mapping NBA Teams: Who is Playing at the Houston Rockets

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The Houston Rockets joined the NBA in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets and were sold and relocated to H-Town in 1971 after failing to establish enough local interest (or a winning season). Once there, they soon became repeat contenders and won the national title in back-to-back years (1994 and 1995).

Today’s squad is made up of familiar faces as they work to go back to the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. Let’s take a look at the makeup of the Houston Rockets, where the players were born, and what universities they attended.  

Making Way to H-Town

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James Harden is probably the most recognizable member of the Houston Rockets, thanks in part to his signature beard. Drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder third overall in 2009, Harden attended Arizona State University, some distance away from his hometown in Lakewood, California. Teammate Trevor Ariza also calls California home (Los Angeles) but played college ball a little closer to home when he was a student at UCLA.

Two other Rockets also hail from the Golden State – Ryan Anderson is from Sacramento and attended the University of California at Berkeley, and Bobby Brown, from LA, went to California State University at Fullerton. Non-Californians include Sam Dekker, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, who attended the University of Wisconsin, and Lou Williams, who hails from Snellville, Georgia.

The Rockets also have a few players who were born outside the U.S., including center Clint Capela (Geneva, Switzerland), Nenê (São Carlos, Brazil), and Marcelo Huertas (São Paulo, Brazil).

Pac-12’s Big Piece of the Houston Pie

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Looking over the composition of the Houston Rockets players who attended college in the U.S., it’s easy to see the Pac-12 Conference contributed the largest slice (30 percent) of the Rockets’ roster. Pac-12 alumni include James Harden, Trevor Ariza, and Ryan Anderson. The Big Ten Conference was the college-playing home of 20 percent of the roster, including Sam Dekker and Eric Gordon.

Also represented are the Southeastern Conference (Patrick Beverley), the West Coast Conference (Kyle Wiltjer), and the Big West Conference (Bobby Brown).

The Houston Rockets have a robust roster, and while California (and the Pac-12 Conference) have contributed quite a few members, they’re still enjoying talent from around the country, as well as around the world.

Whether you’ve followed James Harden from his playing days at ASU or you’ve been a Houston fan since they came to town, Fanatics.com has everything Rockets you could hope for, from jerseys to caps to stuff for the tiniest Rockets fans.

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The Evolution of the Washington Wizards Logo

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In the nation’s capital, the Washington Wizards play professional basketball in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division. Just like any team at the start of the season, their goal is to advance deep into the postseason with the hopes of punching their ticket for the NBA playoffs and a shot at the Finals.

The team went through a few name changes over the years – Chicago Packers, Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, and Washington Bullets – before they transitioned to being the Washington Wizards in 1997. (As it was voted on by the public, the team could have also been the Washington Dragons, Express, Stallions, or Sea Dogs.)

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Founded in 1961 as the first modern expansion team, the franchise began life as the Chicago Packers. This historic organization has made the playoffs almost 50 percent of the time, and has made a trip as recently as the 2014-15 NBA season. Their only Finals victory occurred in the 1977-78 season, when they beat the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 3. This was one of the team’s four trips to the NBA Finals in the 1970s.

There were also two seasons in which Michael Jordan came out of retirement to play for the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003. However, those years could be considered immemorable by many – Air Jordan wasn’t able to elevate the franchise into the playoffs or get close to his points-per-game average from his days with the Chicago Bulls.

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Over the years, there have been four different logos used by the Washington Wizards.

1997–2007: The team’s first year as the Wizards brings about an overhaul to the logo including a change of colors, away from the red, white, and blue to a blue and gold motif. The wizard, with a “W” for his torso and white space to indicate a beard, stands on a basketball crescent moon while spinning a basketball on his finger. With his opposite hand, he looks to be casting a spell. The team name, “Wizards,” lives beneath the logo.

2008–2011: Almost identically to the previous logo, this logo just serves as a very minor update to the gold color.

2012–2015: Here is a large shift in the colors used, reverting back to the red, white, and blue, but keeping the wizard. The team also changes the font used.

2016–2017: The team’s most recent logo shifts to a circular badge and dispels the wizard. The team keeps the red, white, and blue scheme. In the center circle, staged to look like a basketball, there is the Washington Monument with a silver star above it. As the words “Washington” and “Wizards” sit in the outer circle, the progression from red to white and finally to blue helps create the feeling of the country’s flag.

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While their colors, or logos, may have changed over time, those Wizards fans haven’t – they’re expecting great things from an established franchise. With a superior core of players led by veteran John Wall and head coach Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards supporters should be excited for what’s to come. For the team’s best officially licensed NBA merchandise and apparel, head to Fanatics.com.

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The Evolution of the Phoenix Suns Logo

The Phoenix Suns were born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1968 as the city’s first professional sports franchise. The team was the result of the efforts of Richard Bloch, who formed the Suns’ ownership group. Bloch had a discussion with NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy about expanding the NBA to Phoenix. Kennedy, however, thought this was a crazy idea and that the city would never support pro basketball. However, Bloch was certain Phoenix was ready for a professional sports team. On Jan. 22, 1968, Phoenix birthed its first unnamed NBA franchise. A few months later, a “Name the Team” contest was announced which curated more than 28,000 entries. The “Suns” was selected on April 25. It was apparent residents of Phoenix were excited for a new era of professional sports.

Historical Seasons

Although the Suns have yet to win a league championship, they have participated in two NBA Finals. Their first appearance was in 1976. The Suns beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the playoffs 4-2. In the second round and conference championship, Phoenix played the reigning world champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Suns would eliminate the Warriors 4-3 and face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. After dropping the first two games against the Celtics, the Suns would even out the series with two home wins. However, Phoenix lost the NBA Finals that season 4-2.

The Suns wouldn’t reach the Finals again until 1993, although their regular season would be one for the books. They reached a franchise record of 62 regular season game wins. The Suns made a trade for Charles Barkley, who would end up being the league’s MVP that same year. In the first round of the playoffs, the team would fall to a two-game deficit to the Los Angeles Lakers but would come back to win the series.

In the next round of the playoffs, the Suns matched with the San Antonio Spurs. With a 3-2 series lead over San Antonio, Barkley hit a 20-foot shot over David Robinson with 1.8 seconds left to win the series. Barkley again would be a deciding factor in the conference finals against Seattle. In game seven, Barkley finished with 44 points and 24 rebounds as the Suns defeated the SuperSonics 123-110. The team would end up going six games against the Chicago Bulls and superstar Michael Jordan. However, it ended up being Bulls guard John Paxson’s 3-pointer, known as “the shot,” that would be the deciding factor for the finals.

Legendary Players

As mentioned, Charles Barkley was given the 1993 NBA MVP award during his four seasons in Phoenix between 1992 and 1996. Barkley is a name you’ll see on the back of many jerseys, not only because his number is retired, but also because he claimed multiple league honors during his time with the Suns.

The Suns also drafted Steve Nash in the first round before the 1996 season. Nash played two seasons in Phoenix before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks. However, he returned to the Suns in 2004. He played until 2012 and was an All-Star nearly every year. Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Phoenix Suns Logo Over Time

Stan Fabe designed the sunburst logo all Suns fans are familiar with today. Fabe had a successful commercial printing company in Tucson, Arizona, and designed the original team logo for $200. While the Suns had an initial logo designed before going to Fabe, the team was dissatisfied with the final result.

The logo has changed throughout the years, but the Suns have always kept the sunburst concept. The original logo that Fabe designed was a basketball with sunbeams shooting out of it in front of an orange background. Fabe put “Phoenix” above the basketball and “Suns” underneath. In 1992, the Suns changed the background to purple with thicker sunbeams shooting out of the basketball. “Phoenix Suns” appears in purple underneath the basketball. In 2000, the Suns kept the same logo but rounded some edges and included a gray background and font color change from purple to white. The Sun’s current logo resembles a shooting star with a basketball in the middle. It’s atop a black background with “Phoenix Suns” written below in white with gray accents.

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The Evolution of the San Antonio Spurs Jersey

The Beginning

Before the San Antonio Spurs became what they are, the team started out as the Dallas Chaparrals in 1967 as part of the American Basketball Association. Cliff Hagan came out of his one-year retirement to become a player-coach for the Chaparrals. The Chaparrals ended the season 46-32, but this was only the start to some pretty incredible basketball history.

The Birth of the Spurs

As a result of a few bad seasons, interchangeable coaches, and a loss of public interest, businessmen from San Antonio purchased the Chaparrals, bringing San Antonio a franchise basketball team in 1973 known as The San Antonio Spurs. Tom Nissalke, former Chaparrals head coach and NBA Seattle SuperSonics head coach, came back to the team for a fresh start. The Spurs had a slow start up until Nissalke acquired 6-foot-11-inch Swen Nater in November 1973. The Spurs went from playing in front of 1,799 people to 10,146 fans in just one month. However, the Spurs didn’t stop there. They continued to build their dream team by acquiring George “The Iceman” Gervin in January that same year. The Spurs went on to win 12 of 18 games and reached third place with a 45-39 season record.

In the 1974-75 season, the Spurs added Donnie Freeman, who played for the Chaparrals a few years prior. San Antonio had a solid group of guys, with third-year guard James “Snake” Silas, sixth-year forward Rich Jones, Swen Nater, Donnie Freeman, and George Gervin, who all averaged 15-19 points per game.

Even though the Spurs were off to a great season, Nissalke was fired. Bob Bass took over as the head coach. Bass wouldn’t be the head coach for too long, though, as the Spurs stepped foot into the National Basketball Association the next season. Doug Moe took Bass’s place as head coach in 1976; however, the team stayed the same. The Spurs played their first-ever NBA game Oct. 22, 1976, against the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite playing in front of 17,196 Sixers fans, the Spurs came home with a victorious 121-118 win. The Spurs – with a 44-38 game record – came away from their first year in the NBA as the sixth best team in the league.

The 1980s

The next six seasons between 1976 and 1982 would be the era of George “The Iceman” Gervin. During those years, the Spurs reached a franchise record high of 52-30 in 1978 and 1981. In the 1979-80 season, Gervin was averaging 33.1 points per game.  Although 1980 was a great year for Gervin, one man can’t carry an entire team. The team ended the season with a 41-41 record.

The Spurs went on to be mediocre in the ’80s with spurts of good years here and there, until the 1989-90 season when they finished with a record of 56-26 with the help of rookie David Robinson. This was a huge improvement by the Spurs and head coach Larry Brown given that the previous season’s record was 21-61.  

The 1990s

In the 1990s, the Spurs had five head coaches – the continuance of Larry Brown, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Bob Hill, and current head coach Gregg Popovich.  The Spurs’ incredible season in 1989-90 was topped by the 1994-95 season when the San Antonio Spurs finished with a 62-20 season record under head coach Bob Hill.  Center David Robinson was the No. 1 player that year, averaging 27.6 points per game.

The Beginning of Dominance

Who are the Spurs today? Now, they’re one of the top teams in the league and have millions of fans, some of which have never lived in San Antonio. The 2000s brought magical seasons for Spurs fans as the team became consistently good under head coach Gregg Popovich. The 2002-03 season was one of the best, as they won their first title with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.

However, their best season occurred during the 2015-16 season. The Spurs finished with a 67-15 record and second in the NBA Western Conference with the help of Kawhi Leonard, who averaged 21.2 points per game.

We’ve touched base on a few pretty historic seasons – including the 1994-95 season under Bob Hill, the 1989-90 season under Larry Brown, the 2002-03 season, and the 2015-16 season – all of which have made the Spurs one of the most polarizing teams in the country. Now it’s time to take a look at the most iconic Spurs jerseys throughout the years.

The Evolution of the Spurs Jersey

1973-1977: During the Spurs’ first year in the NBA, the home jersey was almost identical to what it is today just a different color. Back then, Mike D’Antoni balled out in a silver jersey with “Spurs” spelled out and a spur replacing the “u.”

1976-1977: On the road, the team decked out in black, with “San Antonio” spelled out instead of “Spurs.” The team stuck with that concept until 1989.

1989-2002: If you were at an away game, you’d see David Robinson wearing a jersey almost identical to their home jersey, with “Spurs” written across the chest instead of “San Antonio.”

2012-2017: Since 2012, the jerseys have pretty much stayed the same, except for the addition of a silver jersey jersey with the player’s numbers and a spur to the side and below.

There have been teams that have gone through pretty drastic jersey changes, but San Antonio is not one of them. We suppose the Texas saying rings true in this instance – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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NBA Jersey Sales: First Half of 2016-17

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With another All-Star Weekend in the books and the passing of a trade deadline, the NBA is now in full swing. At this point in the season, teams are making strides toward securing a spot in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s no secret that die-hard basketball fanatics bleed the colors of their hometown team and dedicate their support to the skilled ballers who fill their competitive rosters. Fans all around the world root for their favorite players by purchasing the latest jerseys on the market. Whether watching from the comfort of their living room or attending a live game, one thing is for certain: Fans buy a lot of jerseys.

We’ve compiled sales data, from the first toss-up of the 2016-17 season through the All-Star break, to see which players and teams are topping the charts in jersey sales throughout the entire league.

Continue reading to see how the numbers stack up.

Selling Jerseys and Banking Shots

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Nowadays, it’s expected for top-tier players to stand above the rest when it comes to jersey sales. Players work to create a loyal fan base, not only by proving themselves on the court but also by being an all-star in the real world.

The results are in, and Stephen Curry – point guard for the Golden State Warriors prevails as the top NBA player to have the most jerseys sold since the start of the season. It’s no surprise that the Baby-Faced Assassin dominates the sales charts, as he was the unanimous recipient of back-to-back MVP awards over the past two seasons. Although the sharpshooter couldn’t guide his team to a second straight championship title, Steph maintains the hype around his name as one of the most popular players on social media.

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Kevin Durant and LeBron James are fighting a fierce battle over second and third place, respectively. King James may inch out the Golden State forward over the remainder of the season, however, as KD is now out indefinitely with an injury.

@kingjames puts up 18 points, 15 assists & 13 rebounds to lead the @cavs at home!

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It’s a Team Effort

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With Curry and KD leading the pack, the Golden State Warriors have sold the most jerseys after turning over a new leaf with the start of the season. Although they suffered an unexpected defeat during the 2015-16 NBA Finals, the Warriors and their fan base have kept their heads up high – and their wardrobe up to date. Trailing behind the Cali-based squad are none other than the champs themselves, the Cleveland Cavaliers. While the Cavs might have proven themselves on the courts, their jersey sales tell a different story.

The Windy City rounds out the top three with jersey sales spiking at the beginning of the season, as the Chicago Bulls acquired former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade.

Balling While They’re Young

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Let’s face it, no matter what team you’re rooting for, nothing is more adorable than a child cheering on their favorite team while sporting a kid-sized jersey.

Steph Curry, once again, dominates sales in this merchandise category. The Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr raves about the MVP and claims that children “gravitate toward Steph.” Kids across the globe can be found rocking No. 30 on their back with the goal of receiving the Golden State guard’s autograph one day.

Sales and Shots Going Through the Roof!

The chances of another player or team topping Curry and Warriors jersey sales are slim, but with the second half of the season underway, anything is possible. Root your team into the playoffs by sporting your hometown team’s jersey, like the loyal fan you are. Head over to Fanatics.com to choose from the latest player jerseys and fan gear the NBA has to offer!

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The Evolution of the Utah Jazz Logo

The Utah Jazz were established in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the New Orleans Jazz in 1974. As history goes, a contest was held to name the expansion team, which received more than 6,500 entries. After much consideration, team officials announced the team’s name as the “Jazz” on June 7, 1974. With New Orleans being the “Jazz Capital of the World,” you can see how that name would be a widely popular one to choose.

The Jazz stayed in New Orleans until they posted the NBA’s worst record in the 1978-79 season, after which ownership decided to move the team to Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah wasn’t the capital of jazz, but they kept the name, and that’s where it all began.

Historical Seasons

The Utah Jazz are no strangers to the playoffs. They made the NBA Western Conference playoffs 20 straight seasons from 1983 to 2003. The Jazz have made two NBA Finals appearances in team history, both back-to-back years in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 3-0, the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1, and the Houston Rockets 4-2, all leading up to the meeting of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in what would be their first NBA Finals appearance. Unfortunately, the Jazz lost to the Bulls 2-4.

Although the Jazz lost to the Bulls in the finals, the team received another opportunity to bring home a championship the next year. In the 1998 playoffs, the Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 3-2, as well as the San Antonio Spurs 4-1. Utah advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the third time, returning with a stocked roster of Karl Malone, Jeff Hornacek, and John Stockton. The Jazz faced the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Shaquille O’Neal, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, and Kobe Bryant. The Jazz won the first game of the series with a score of 112-77. In game two, the Jazz took another victory with a score of 99-95. The third and fourth games in Los Angeles were decided by an average of 7.5 points. Utah swept the Lakers and had another chance to redeem themselves in the NBA Finals.

In the 1998 NBA Finals (against the Chicago Bulls, again), the Jazz had a home win in overtime in game one with a score of 88-85. The Bulls fought back and won game two with a score of 93-88. The Bulls also won game three and game four. However, the Jazz came back and won game five on the road 83-81. The Jazz then led most of game six, but the Bulls pulled through in the final seconds of the game. The Jazz lost to the Bulls in the NBA Finals once more.

Historical Players

John Stockton played for 19 years with the Jazz from 1984 to 2003. Stockton led the NBA in assists for nine straight seasons from 1987 to 1996. He was a 10-time All-Star during those same years, as well as in 1999. Stockton was the 1993 All-Star Game MVP and is the NBA all-time leader in assists.

Karl Malone also played for 18 years with the Jazz and was a 14-time All-Star. He was even the NBA MVP in 1996 and 1998. He’s a 19-time All-League selection and two-time All-Star Game MVP.

The Logo

1979–1995: The Utah Jazz’s (then known as the New Orleans Jazz) original logo is purple, yellow, and green, which can be associated with Mardi Gras. The logo has a basketball with a music note connected to it, which also acts as the “J” in “Jazz” (written in purple). “Utah” is written at the top in purple as well.

1996–2003: The Jazz decide to go with a logo that is more true to Utah. The team changes the logo entirely to have a basketball with mountains in the background and “Utah” written at the top, with “Jazz” written across the circle. The logo colors are now blue, purple, and maroon.

2004–2009: The logo remains relatively the same, but the colors change to navy, blue, and purple.

2010–2015: The team goes with a completely different color scheme. The logo remains the same, but the colors are now dark green, dark yellow, gray, and navy.

2016–2017: The Jazz do away with the mountain for the logo and go back to the original jazz note, but this time with the same colors: dark green, dark yellow, gray, and navy.

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