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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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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The Evolution of the Pittsburgh Penguins Logo

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Pittsburgh Welcomes Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins first took to the ice in 1967. It was more than three decades after the city’s first NHL team, the Pirates, folded during the Great Depression. The new Pittsburgh team was part of a six-team influx of new hockey clubs and a contest that tasked the public with choosing a new club name.

But Jack McGregor, who was part owner of the new team, found inspiration for a name from within his own home. His wife, Carol, was inspired by the team’s future home, which was nicknamed “The Big Igloo,” and she thought “Penguins” would be a perfect name. It’s possible word of their idea leaked, and more than 700 entries in the contest featured the same moniker; they made it official on February 10, 1967.

The Penguins currently play in the Metropolitan Division and have enjoyed quite a few historic seasons, including four Stanley Cup wins over five appearances (the most recent of which being the 2015-16 season). They are also regular playoff contenders and can count 31 postseason appearances over 49 seasons, including 10 straight playoff appearances over the last 10 seasons.

Several notable players have hit the rink for the Pens, including “The Magnificent One” Mario Lemieux, who holds four major all-time Penguin records (games, goals, assists, and points); Jaromír Jágr, who spent his first 11 NHL seasons in Pittsburgh; and Marc-André Fleury, who was the overall No. 1 selection in the 2003 NHL Draft.

The Penguin and the Golden Triangle

Once the team was established and its name chosen, the next step was finding the right logo. The original logo featured a skating penguin, stick in hand within a golden triangle, which represented the “Golden Triangle” of downtown Pittsburgh. This logo, however, did not appear on team uniforms when they first took to the ice.

The logo didn’t stay this way for long; it underwent several changes over the last 40-plus seasons. Let’s look at how each one changed over the years.

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1967/1968: The first Pittsburgh Penguins logo features a penguin wearing a scarf and skates while brandishing a hockey stick. He’s imposed over a golden triangle; “Pittsburgh Penguins” appears in a circle around the penguin.

1969–1972: For the 1968 to 1969 season, the penguin loses his scarf and takes on a fiercer visage; the team name appears within a navy blue circle with no outlines.

1973–1992: When the season arrives, a new logo is unveiled. This penguin appears much the same as his predecessor, but the circle and team name within the design vanish.

1993–1999: With the 1992–1993 season, the Penguins logo gets a bold new look. The penguin and golden triangle are still present, but they take on a more streamlined, modern style; they’re blended into one picture.

2000–2002: Not much changed with this logo, except the shade of gold features a slight adjustment.

2003–2016: The more modern penguin logo, despite lasting for over a decade, never really caught on with faithful Penguins fans. Mario Lemieux, who purchased the team in 1999, expressed a desire to return to the skating penguin. In the 2002 to 2003 season, this became a reality, and the old-school skating penguin and his trusty triangle return to the Penguins, although instead of the traditional Pittsburgh gold, they opt for another shade.

2016/2017: For the 2016-17 season, the triangle features the original Pittsburgh gold.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Run City T-Shirt

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The Evolution of the Dallas Mavericks Logo

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Maybe known more now for their billionaire-owner and “Shark Tank” celebrity, Mark Cuban, than their on-the-court heroics, the Dallas Mavericks play basketball in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. Added to the league as an expansion team in 1980, the Dallas Mavericks have accomplished much in their relatively short tenure as a league franchise.

They could have gone by a different name, though, as Dallas-Fort Worth radio station WBAP-AM asked for franchise name suggestions from their listeners. We could be talking about the “Armadillos,” “Snail Darters,” or even the “Wranglers.” The final name, “Mavericks,” caused some consternation with the University of Texas-Arlington, as their basketball team was known as the “Movin’ Mavs.” In fact, “Mavs” was banned from use during team co-founder Norm Sonju’s tenure.

As the team gets closer and closer to its 40th season in the NBA, let’s look back on the logos used to galvanize the Mavericks’ fanbase and send out a rally cry to fans across the nation, and even, the world.

Rodeo Ball

It would be fair to describe the Mavericks’ initial performances as vacillating between famine and feast. Their first three seasons saw the team ship out losing records, but they ultimately advanced to the playoffs in six out of the first 10 seasons.

After delivering losing records for the next 10 seasons (1990-91 through 1999-2000), new ownership would spur the team toward playoff appearances in 15 of the next 16 seasons. This also included two trips to the NBA Finals and one victory, during the 2010-11 season.

It also helps that over this time period the Mavericks have been able to rely on power forward and center Dirk Nowitzki. The 13-time All-Star and 2006-07 league MVP was also the NBA Finals MVP in 2011.

Branded Steer

In almost 40 years, the Dallas Mavericks have only changed their logo three times. Here are the different logo designs they’ve used as the face of their franchise.

1980–1993: The team’s first logo, which underwent 77 revisions before it was approved by the Mavericks ownership, has a green and blue color scheme said to convey “North Texas countryside” feelings. There is a green basketball behind a large “M” wearing a cowboy hat. The city and team name are in blue font with a green outline.

1994–2001: The team loved its first logo so much, they only make minor alterations in the next iteration. Utilizing a new font, they remove the green border around the city and team name.

2002–2017: After purchasing the majority ownership in the Mavericks for about $280 million, Cuban helps to rebrand the team. They change colors – goodbye, green! – to silver, black, and blue. There is a horse in the center circle, where a blue basketball is located. Both the city and team name are still featured in the logo.

Unbridled Passion

The Dallas Mavericks continue to give their home crowd plenty to cheer about during the NBA season. With engaged ownership, an exciting roster, and a memorable gameday experience, who wouldn’t want to be a Mavericks fan? Gear up with the best officially licensed NBA and Dallas Mavericks merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

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The Evolution of the Portland Trailblazers Logo

The Portland Trail Blazers were established in 1970 in Portland, Oregon. They played their first home game ever against Cleveland on Oct. 16, 1970 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The team originated as a result of the NBA expansion. Portland was granted an NBA franchise on February 24, 1970. The executive vice president of the club held a contest where fans could enter a team name for the chance to not only name the new team, but also to receive two season tickets for the first year. The winner of this contest was Blake Byrne, a general sales manager of the television station KPTV. However, Byrne wasn’t the only one to enter the name “Trail Blazers” – it was entered by a total of 172 people, and his name was chosen at random as the winner of the ticket contest.

As we are aware today, the franchise kept the name, but when the “Trail Blazers” name was announced in front of 11,035 fans during a regular season NBA game, the crowd booed. Over time, the team began to thrive and even brought home a national championship title in the first seven years. This made the fans forget all about the fact that they didn’t quite love the name at first, and the Trail Blazers have been beloved by the people of Portland ever since.

Historic Seasons and Team Legends

The national championship came in 1977 with significant help from Maurice Lucas and Bill Walton. Walton had been with the Trail Blazers since 1974, but Lucas, a power forward, had been acquired by the Kentucky Colonels that winning season. Together, Lucas and Walton put up an impressive number of points during the playoffs, leading the Trail Blazers to their first national championship. The Trail Blazers reached the NBA Finals again in 1990 and 1992. They lost in 1990 to the Detroit Pistons and to the Chicago Bulls in ’92.

With one of the league’s youngest head coaches, Nate McMillan, and a team full of rookies, the Trail Blazers plummeted in 2005-06. Portland had their second worst record of 21-61 (tied with their 1972-73 season) since ending with a record of 18-64 in 1972. As McMillan developed the younger team, the Trail Blazers hit another high point in 2009 when they found themselves back in the playoffs. The Trail Blazers ended the 2008-09 season with a record of 54-28, but lost the NBA Western Conference in the first round against the Houston Rockets. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and shooting guard Brandon Roy dominated that season, averaging a combined total of 40.7 points per game.

Today, the top players to watch are Damian Lillard, who was drafted to Portland in 2012, and C.J. McCollum, who was drafted to Portland the following year. The point guard and shooting guard are together currently averaging nearly 50 points per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers Logo

A valid argument could be made that the Trail Blazers logo isn’t quite like the other logos in the NBA. If you’ve never had any connection with the Trail Blazers, you may not even know what the logo is exactly. Well, for all of you waiting with bated breath to know, we’ve got the answer. The logo is a pinwheel, but not just any pinwheel. There’s a deep meaning behind the logo, and it’s actually pretty cool.

The five lines on either side of the graphic represent five offensive players and five defensive players coming together to compete in the game of basketball. The curved lines represent the movement and speed of the individuals on the court. The graphic genius who came up with this concept is the cousin of the Trail Blazers founder and first general manager, Harry Glickman. Frank Glickman was a graphic designer in Boston, and when Harry needed a logo for his new team, he gave Frank a call.

The concept of the logo really hasn’t changed. The team has just added and taken away different wording to vary it throughout the years. The original logo between 1970 and 1990 had five red pinwheel lines and five black pinwheel lines, with “Portland” above the logo and “Trail Blazers” below it. In 1990, the Trail Blazers went with a more dominant and clean look. They placed “Blazers” to the right of the pinwheel in large, bold letters. They kept this logo until 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, the Trail Blazers changed their logo twice.

The first time, the team changed the five black lines to white, to accompany the five red lines, and placed “Blazers” beneath the pinwheel. The second time, the team changed the white lines to silver and added a silver rhombus with a black fill between the words “Portland” at the top and “Blazers” at the bottom. The current logo is similar but with a darker silver and the word “Trail” added above “Blazers.”

The logo is unique and hopefully stays around for a long time. There’s nothing like it in the NBA today. If you’re a Trail Blazers fan and can’t wait to rock that logo at their next game, Fanatics has all the best gear ready. Don’t be left out when you head to the Moda Center!

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The Evolution of the Seattle Seahawks Logo

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The Seattle Seahawks were founded in Seattle, Washington, on June 4, 1974; however, they did not have a name. So they opened it up to the public. After receiving over 20,000 entries and 1,700 different names, the team picked the “Seahawks” on June 17, 1975.

Recent Success

Seattle fans have dealt with mediocrity for much of the team’s history. It wasn’t until 2005 that the city received its first NFC championship and went to its first Super Bowl. Under coach Mike Holmgren, the Seahawks went 13-3 – winning the NFC West division. As the NFC’s No. 1 seed, Seattle beat the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game but would eventually lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks’ finest season would come in 2013 when they again finished with a record of 13-3. The Seahawks beat their division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFC championship game and advanced to the Super Bowl to face the Denver Broncos. Capping off their amazing season, Seattle beat the Broncos 43-8 to win their first-ever Super Bowl title.

The following season, the Seahawks would again reach the Super Bowl – this time facing the New England Patriots. The game would end in tragedy, however, for Seattle. Down four points in the final minutes of the game, quarterback Russell Wilson drove the offense all the way down to the one-yard line. With 26 seconds left, Wilson threw a game-ending interception. The play call was surrounded by controversy, as many thought the Seahawks should have run the ball with Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch.

Best of Seattle

When it comes to all-time great Seahawks players, you have to mention running back Shaun Alexander. Alexander is the franchise’s leading rusher, with 2,176 carries for 9,429 yards and 100 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl three times, and in 2005, he was a First Team All-Pro when he led the NFL with 27 rushing touchdowns. Another great running back in Seattle history is Marshawn Lynch. Lynch made the Pro Bowl from 2011 to 2014 and was a First Team All-Pro in 2012, rushing for over 1,200 yards in each of those seasons. Lynch also led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2013 and 2014. A current star for the Seahawks is Russell Wilson, who has been the starting quarterback since his rookie season in 2012. He led the Seahawks to their first-ever Super Bowl championship in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

When it comes to coaching greats in Seattle, two men come to mind: Mike Holmgren and Pete Carroll. Holmgren is the franchise’s winningest coach with a record of 86-74. He coached Seattle for 10 years and led the Seahawks to their first-ever NFC championship in 2005. The Seahawks’ current coach is Pete Carroll, who was hired in 2010 after reaping much success at the University of Southern California. In his first season, Carroll’s Seahawks didn’t have a winning record at 7-9, but they would still make the playoffs and subsequently win a game against the New Orleans Saints. Three seasons later, the Seahawks would win their first-ever Super Bowl title with Carroll at the helm.

Logo Evolution

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The Seahawks logo has not seen much change in the team’s 40-year history. The logo has always been a right-facing Seahawk and has only been altered twice. When the team selected the name “Seahawks” in 1975, then General Manager John Thompson described a Seahawk as a “tough, fish-eating bird.”

1976–2001: The original logo is derived from a picture of a transformation mask of the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe found in an art book called “Art of the Northwest Coast Indians.” After the Seahawks create their rendition of the mask, a local artist named Marvin Oliver sends the Seahawks his version of the logo, which he thinks better adheres to Northwest Coast design principles.

2002–2011: The original logo lasts over 20 years until it is modernized in 2002. The franchise wants to give the logo a fiercer look. It also changes the team’s colors from royal blue and green to navy blue, light blue, and green.

2012–2016: Ten years later, Seattle makes one slight change to the logo by swapping light blue for gray.

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The Evolution of the Milwaukee Bucks Logo

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NBA fans in “Brew City,” Milwaukee, Wis., have been able to cheer on their local team, the Bucks, for almost 50 seasons. Founded in 1968, the Bucks play in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers, and the Detroit Pistons. They keep their fans entertained in the regular season, and usually in the postseason as well. Over their first 49 seasons, they’ve made it to the postseason 28 times – almost 60 percent of the time.

As they inch toward a historic 50th season, it’s time to look back at the logos the Milwaukee Bucks have used as their symbol to both rally fans and strike fear into their opponents.

Stags, not Does

As the story goes, the Milwaukee Bucks received their name and mascot after running a contest that received entries from over 14,000 fans. Mr. R.D. Treblicox of Whitefish Bay, Wis., happened to be one of the 45 individuals who recommended the Bucks for being fast, agile, spirited, and good jumpers. (It wasn’t just a goodwill gesture either; Treblicox won a new car for suggesting the name!)

There are several prominent players in Bucks history, but none as dominant as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and six-time NBA champion (even though he only earned this honor once with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1970-71 season) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The living legend averaged over 30 points and 15 rebounds per game when he played in Wisconsin, which is above his career averages of almost 25 points and over 11 rebounds per game.

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Evolution of Milwaukee Bucks Logo Graphic

Even though the team has been around since 1968, the Bucks have only used four primary logos in that time. In fact, the team managed to use their inaugural logo for 25 years before making a change. Let’s look at how the Milwaukee Bucks logo has evolved over time.

1968–1992: The team’s first logo uses a cartoon buck spinning a basketball and wearing a sweater with the letter “B” on it, sitting atop the words “Milwaukee Bucks.”

1993–2005: The Bucks add two colors to their logo scheme in their 25th season, purple and silver, to mesh with the hunter green used previously. It also features a frontal view of an eight-point whitetail buck. They also make the word “Bucks” larger than the name of the city. Behind all of this is an inverted triangle to help frame the logo.

2006–2014: This logo carries forward many elements from its predecessor. It ditches purple for red, while also adding an etched effect to the text for the word “Bucks.”

2015–2016: This logo represents a large shift away from prior logos. They expand the rack of the buck from eight to 12 points to represent the maturation of their franchise. Beneath the mouth of the buck is an “M” within the chest chevron to pay homage to the city of Milwaukee. It adopts an overall circular style while using the negative space between the antlers to create the appearance of a basketball.

All Pointing Forward

Whether you’ve been a fan of the Bucks for close to 50 years, or just jumped on the bandwagon, you can show your family, friends, and loved ones just how important Bucks-ball is to you by asking for the best officially licensed team apparel and merchandise this holiday season from the best place to get it – Fanatics.

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The Evolution of the Oakland Raiders Logo

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Oakland Origins

Since their inception, the Oakland Raiders have been riddled with controversy. After the Minneapolis-St. Paul franchise in the AFL defected to become the organization now known as the Minnesota Vikings, the gap in the AFL led to an Oakland group grabbing the spot – inheriting the team’s draft spot. Eddie Erdelatz served as the Raiders first head coach, but experienced a rough beginning due to the lack of an adequate stadium and crippling fan base.

For their initial name, the Oakland Tribune – a local newspaper company – held a name-the-team contest, which resulted in the handle The Oakland Señors. Considering Oakland hosted a large Hispanic community, the name seemed fitting until speculations came about that the principal owner, Chet Soda, fixed the contest. The organization would later scrap the Señors alias, opting for the third-place winner in the contest – The Oakland Raiders.

The Team of Decades

The Men in Black are currently a part of the NFL’s American Football Conference West alongside the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, and San Diego Chargers. Appearing in the Super Bowl a total of five times, the Raiders captured their first Lombardi Trophy in the 1976-77 season after downing the Minnesota Vikings (32-14). Two subsequent championship victories would follow – first in the 1980-81 season against the Philadelphia Eagles (27-10) and again in the 1983-84 season during their time in Los Angeles.

This Oakland-based squad is known for recruiting some of the league’s top talent to their all-time roster. Franchise greats such as Ken Stabler and Marcus Allen have left their mark on the Raiders as the all-time passing and rushing leaders, respectively. John Madden spent his entire 10-year coaching career leading the team to success. Under the direction of the franchise’s most winningest coach (103-32-7), the Madden-led Raiders acquired their first Super Bowl victory.

Read on to see how the #RaiderNation has modified their iconic Raider logo throughout the past 57 seasons in the NFL.

Notable Logo Changes

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The Raiders have used a total of five logos throughout their time in the NFL, with three logos remaining the same when the franchise transferred between cities – Oakland to Los Angeles and back to Oakland. Team colors are represented by a black, white, and silver color palette. The team’s famed emblem consists of a raider, or pirate, wearing a football helmet with two cutlasses crossed behind him. The raider head was reportedly modeled after American film actor Randolph Scott’s face. For over 50 years, the iconic Raiders head would experience minor modifications and remain consistent with the original design.

1960–1962: For their first logo, the team features a black, white, and gold colorway. The design displays the franchise’s iconic raider head overlaid on a gold football. Two crossed swords with gold handles are placed behind the football, outlined by black trim.

1963: The Raiders ditch the gold color, opting for a silver hue. This season’s logo features the Raider head with two swords crossed behind it and is placed on top of a black-and-silver shield. “The Oakland Raiders” wordmark sits above the raider’s head in a block-style font.

1964–1981: During this time period, the team simplifies their logo. The shield is modified and only utilizes black. The raider head and crossed swords undergo a significant facelift, and the wordmark ditches the city’s name – only featuring “Raiders” in white font.

1982–1994: The team relocates to Los Angeles but maintains the same brand image – staying loyal to their initial fan base. The Raiders move from the Oakland Coliseum to the Los Angeles Coliseum – a more spacious arena. After just 12 seasons, the team moves back to Oakland, abandoning their Southern California lifestyle.

1995–2016: Back in Oakland, the Raiders find a place to call home in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – which seats approximately 63,000 fans in full attendance. The franchise’s logo remains untouched with their famed raider head and crossed cutlasses sitting inside a black shield with white wordmark.

Road to Raiders

The Raiders are currently dominating the AFC West and are shaping up to be quite the playoff team. Are you a part of the #RaiderNation? Pledge your support to the silver and black by rockin’ the latest fan gear and merchandise. Head over to Fanatics.com – they’ve got you covered from either end of the field with the hottest jerseys and memorabilia in the game!

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