THE NICKNAMES
Behind The Name
Bobcats
Bucks
Bulls
Cavaliers
Celtics
Clippers
Grizzlies
Hawks
Heat
Hornets
Jazz
Kings
Knicks
Lakers
Magic
Mavericks
Nets
Nuggets
Pacers
Pistons
Raptors
Rockets
Sixers
Sonics
Spurs
Suns
Timberwolves
Trail Blazers
Warriors
Wizards
In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Bravesí franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier. San Diego team officials didnít think Braves was a representative nickname for the club.

A contest decided on Clippers because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay. When the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their nickname.





EVOLUTION OF THE CLIPPERS LOGO
1970-71 1971-78 1978-82 1982-84 1984-Present