By Josh Cohen

ORLANDO-- When you need a sports history refresher, glance over the evolution of team logos and suddenly a 15-minute conversation about classic games and performances with your buddies transforms into an endless one.

I recently decided to browse over the timeline of NBA logos for each active franchise and astoundingly there are so many moments that popped in my head.

For instance: When I gaze at the Utah Jazz logo that existed from 1996-2004, I can’t help but think of John Stockton and Karl Malone and their unforgettable NBA Finals clashes with the Chicago Bulls in 1997 and 1998.

The Atlanta Hawks emblem from 1972-1995 definitely reminds me of the days of Dominique Wilkins, while the Detroit Pistons symbol from 1979-1996 undoubtedly prompts me to think of Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boys of the late 1980’s.

It’s also astonishing the transformations that certain teams have made over the years to their image.

For example: The Houston Rockets have made significant alterations to their logo the five different times they have changed it. It’s fascinating that after they captured their second consecutive NBA championship in 1995, the Rockets decided to completely refurbish their exterior.

It’s also attention-grabbing that despite having such rich tradition, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have combined to showcase 10 different logos throughout history.

In 2010-11, the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz all released new logos. Last year, the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards did the same and most recently it was the Brooklyn Nets, who relocated from New Jersey, and Charlotte Bobcats to claim new designs.

Next season with the decision to change their team name from the Hornets to the Pelicans, New Orleans will carry a new logo.

If the Kings do indeed move from Sacramento to Seattle, it will be interesting to see if they use the same exact logo that existed before the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City or if they create a brand new look.

I have pasted in every franchise’s primary logo timeline below.

Also, make sure you visit SportsLogos.Net for a glance at every logo for every sport from the past and present.

Graphics courtesy SportsLogos.Net

 

         

1949-51

1951-1955

1955-1957

1957-1968

1968/69

1969/70

1970-1972

1972-1995

1995-2007

2007-Pres

1946-1950

1950-1960

1960-1968

1968-1978

1978-1995

1995-Pres

1968-1972

1972-1977

1977/78

1978-1990

1990-1997

1997-2012

2012-Pres

2004-2007

2007-2012

2012-Pres

1966-Pres

1970-1983

1983-1994

1994-2003

2003-2010

2010-Pres

1980-2001

2001-Pres

1976-1981

1981-1993

1993-2003

2003-2008

2008-Pres

1941-1948

1948-1957

1957-1971

1971-1975

1975-1979

1979-1996

1996-2001

2001-2005

2005-Pres

1946-1951

1951-1962

1962-1969

1969-1971

1971/72

1971-1975

1975-1978

1988-1997

1997-2010

2010-Pres

1967-1971

1971/72

1972-1995

1995-2003

2003-Pres

1967-1976

1976-1990

1990-2005

2005-Pres

1970/71

1971-1978

1978-1982

1982-1984

1984-2010

2010-Pres

1947-1960

1960-1976

1976-2001

2001-Pres

1995-2001

2001-2004

2004-Pres

1988-1999

1999-Pres

1968-1993

1996-2006

2006-Pres

1989-1996

1996-2008

2008-Pres

1988/89

1989-2002

2002-2008

2008-2013

2013-Pres

1946-1964

1964-1976

1976-1992

1992-1995

1995-2011

2011-Pres

1967-1970

1970/71

1971-1975

1975-1995

1995-2001

2001-2008

2008-Pres

1989-2000

2000-2010

2010-Pres

1946-1949

1949-1963

1963-1977

1977-1997

1997-2009

2009-Pres

1968-1992

1992-2000

2000-Pres

1970-1990

1990-2002

2002/03

2003/04

2004-Pres

1945-1957

1957-1971

1971/72

1972-1975

1975-1985

1985-1994
 

1994-Pres

1976-1989

1989-2002

2002-Pres

1995-2008

2008-Pres

1974-1979

1979-1996

1996-2004

2004-2010

2010-Pres

1963-1969

1969-1973

1973-74

1974-1987

1987-1997

1997-2007

2007-2011

2011-Pres

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