The Evolution of the Washington Wizards Logo

Washington Wizards Logos

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.)

Capital of Ball

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.

Supreme Basketball Court

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.


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


NBA Trade Deadline Analysis


The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, along with the need to speculate the meaning of cryptic player tweets – looking at you Isaiah Thomas. Each of the league’s 32 teams now has a finalized roster. Some squads have even upgraded, hoping to win the NBA championship, while others aren’t thinking about a postseason challenge just yet; it’s clear the next date penciled into their calendar is the NBA draft lottery.

How did the week unfold? What were the blockbuster trades? Did any team get fleeced? And most importantly, how did your favorite team do? We examined the final days leading up to the trade deadline to look at some of the moves that may define the 2016-17 NBA season.

Day Trading

Here’s how the final days leading up to the trade deadline played out across the NBA.



New Orleans Pelicans acquire center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings for shooting guard Tyreke Evans, point guard Langston Galloway, shooting guard Buddy Hield, a 2017 top-three protected first-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick.

Talk about a blockbuster trade! New Orleans knew they needed a playmaker to play with their star, Anthony Davis, so they went and got one in Boogie Cousins. As the official Pelicans Twitter account claimed, this is the pairing of fire and ice. It definitely elevates the talent level of the Pelicans, even if they had to give up promising rookie Buddy Hield. Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated both awarded New Orleans an “A+” for executing this trade. As for the Kings, Bleacher Report awarded this trade an “F.” Ouch!

Outside @smoothiekingcenter! #pelicans

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Los Angeles Lakers acquire shooting guard Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets for point guard Lou Williams.

Houston has clearly scrapped the idea of playing defense by adding another strong shooter to their roster. Coach D’Antoni may be adopting the philosophy that the best defense is a ridiculously potent offense by adding Williams. On his first night, Williams scored 27 points, had two assists and rebounds, and made seven 3-pointers. Talk about an immediate impact. The Rockets received “B” and “B+” grades for this trade, while the Lakers received a “B-.” Sports writers have questioned if they could have received more from Williams, who was only scheduled to be paid a $7 million salary next season.


Washington Wizards acquired small forward Bojan Bogdanovic and power forward Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets for power forward Andrew Nicholson, shooting guard Marcus Thornton, and a 2017 lottery-protected first-round pick.

The Washington Wizards needed to get out of Andrew Nicholson’s contact – he was due $20 million a year for the next three seasons – and they paid a heavy price for it: their lottery-protected first-round draft pick. Given the Nets first-round pick belonged to the Boston Celtics, most felt this was a wise move to get the Empire State team back into the draft mix. They were given a grade of “A-,” whereas the Wizards received “B-” grades for their move. Most felt the Wizards didn’t significantly upgrade to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eastern Conference’s presumptive favorite.


Chicago Bulls acquired center Joffrey Lauvergne, shooting guard Anthony Morrow, and point guard Cameron Payne from the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Taj Gibson, power forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick.

McDermott adds firepower to the Thunder’s lineup. OKC ranked last in the league in a wide-open 3-point percentage, just over 32 percent, whereas the former Bull has been nailing over 40 percent of his uncontested shots from a distance. The Thunder received “A’s” for giving up handshake expert extraordinaire Cameron Payne to make this happen. Chicago earned criticism for downgrading their offense, even if they’ll be in a more enviable financial position at the end of the season.

Number 25 for your OKC Thunder, Doug McDermott. #McBuckets

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Pass or Fail?

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