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NBA Sports Logos That Need an Upgrade

We previously discussed the Cleveland Cavaliers, and their not-so-hot team logo. Well, it got me thinking. With the NBA season tipping off and their team logos about to be firmly planted in our faces for the next several months, what can basketball fans NOT look forward to? We’re going to take a look at some of the worst team logos in the National Basketball Association. With 30 teams to analyze and review, we found the ones that need the most improvement. Let’s find out what organization needs the most help.

 
 
Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

The Los Angeles Clippers are a franchise notable for their struggles. Up until about 2010, the team failed to gain any significant postseason action. Despite finding success with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, one aspect of the Clippers organization that hasn’t improved over time is the team logo. The team unveiled a new primary emblem in June of 2015, and it’s not very good.

When you first see this logo, the word “CLIPPERS” smacks you right in the face. One would think that having the name, as the primary feature of a logo would be a good thing. However, the Clippers didn’t exactly make it eye appealing. The letters are too close, giving off a jumbled look. The font is poor, and stretches the lettering too tall. Once you go beyond the team name, everything else in this look is either too busy, or completely unnecessary. I can see how the team wants to incorporate the red and blue colors into their logo, but the arched lines aren’t the way to do it. They seem to highlight the team name, but also trail off into nothing worth seeing. The city initials at the top of the logo are done poorly. While the idea of having “LA” encapsulated in the Clippers “C” probably sounded good in planning, the execution is terrible. Centered in the middle of the basketball, it creates a disorganized, hard to read appearance.

Overall, their logo seems to be going in multiple directions at once. I think the club needs to re-think their image, figure out one solid idea or flow, and make that happen. Now that the team seems to have the right ownership and seems to have kept a fan base pleased, a new image could be the last stepping stone to becoming a serious NBA contender.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is a team that you can’t take lightly. Since relocating to Oklahoma, the former Seattle SuperSonics have found great success. With a Conference Championship and a Finals appearance under their belt, the Thunder has proven that a successful professional sports team can be sustained in Oklahoma. That said the team could use some work on their logo.

 
 
 

When I see this image, the first thing that comes to mind is the lack of thunderbolts. With such a strong name, high in intimidation potential, I would have expected some clever and fierce way to display a thunderbolt. It’s almost as if having one could completely turn this look around, all on its own. In addition to the lack of thunderbolts, the images and wording on the shield all seem too misaligned to make sense. I’m not one to be obsessive compulsive about having images or lines within a logo to be perfectly symmetrical. That being said, the Thunder images just seem like they were glued together by a kindergarten that was holding that glue stick for the first time ever. I really like the font of “OKC” angled across the basketball and “THUNDER” atop the whole image. If the logo was sans-shield and without the red and blue streaks behind it all, it may seem to flow better. All in all, the look needs serious work.

At Awesome Sports Logos, all of our basketball logos have been perfectly crafted to be the best in class. Our Montunos Del Interior logo is one of the best we have! This Panamanian Basketball League sports logo is the only team based outside of Panama City, and in Panama they call that the Interior. In the Interior, raising cattle and farming is the chief industry. This logo is a farmer yelling at cattle, which is fairly common for them to do in Panama.

 

They also make their own drinks and my Panamanian source tells me that they use battery acid and bury their liquor under the ground until it’s ready. We’ll stick to the American fermentation process. Enjoy this Panama sports logo t-shirt! Add the super soft tee to your t-shirt of the month club rotation, and be pleasantly surprised when it arrives right to your door!

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Time for a New Cleveland Cavaliers Logo

The NBA season will begin in just a couple of weeks. It seems like just yesterday that we were watching the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from being down 3-1 in the series, to win a close Game 7 and become the Finals Champions for the first time in franchise history. In what was a rematch of the previous year’s Finals, the Cavs and the Golden State Warriors faced off in a heated back and forth series. LeBron James emerged from the Finals as MVP, and secured his place among talks of best players in the game. He’ll look to lead the Cavs to another run at the Finals this season.

The team’s center, Tristan Thompson, has already missed the first preseason game, and is scheduled to miss more. Reports indicate that he has a sore left foot. Thompson hasn’t missed a game in four seasons, and started every game in Cleveland’s amazing Finals Championship season. Also circling the water cooler, will the club keep Kevin Love? They just signed JR Smith to a new deal according to ESPN. 

Whether the Cleveland makes it to their third-straight Finals or not, whether they become back-to-back Champions or not, they have certainly become a force to be reckoned with on the court. With such a reputation behind them, and with dominance on their mind for the future, I say the Cavs are in need of a new team image. Let’s see what they’re working with these days.

 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net 

Let’s get right to the point. It isn’t a great logo. By definition, the adjective form of the word cavalier means “showing a lack of proper concern”. Well, the team has shown a definite lack of concern in keeping up with awesome logos in today’s sports world. I can see where they are trying to go with this look, displaying a 17th Century sword in an attempt to be the “swordsman” or “knight on horseback” version of the word cavalier, but that’s really all they have working for them.

The text font is plain, the basketball in the background is plain and the gold outlining of the whole image seems off-putting. Frankly, it seems too easy for a professional NBA team. If this was the look of a D-League team, or some other minor league sports franchise, I could let this slip by. For a team considered in the top tier of their sport, they need a logo that screams just that.

We have one logo in particular that is just SCREAMING awesome. The Parque Lefevre Canguros are rocking their look!

 
 
Parque Lefevre is a district in Panama. Canguros is the Spanish word for kangaroos, but we can promise you that there are no kangaroos hopping around in this district. Sometimes team names have no explanation and that’s what is so cool about sports logos.

But seriously, who doesn’t love the kangaroo and why wouldn’t you want wear it with pride? We do, and that’s why we’re glad we have this awesome Parque Lefevre sports t-shirt as part of our collection. Be sure to add this super-soft tee to your t-shirt of the month club rotation! Get more details on that awesome deal right here.

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On and Off The Court Success with the Toronto Raptors Logo

The Toronto Raptors (NBA) debuted a new logo before this season started. The update was much needed, and it’s bringing the team some success! Currently sitting in the top five in the Eastern Conference, with one of the best records in all of basketball, the Raptors are giving everyone a fight! With a mean new look, they are taking the court by storm! Let’s take a look at their old and new logo, side by side.
 
  

(photos courtesy of SportsLogos.net)
On the left, we have the old Raptors logo, followed by the new look on the right. At first glance, it’s a major upgrade. Once you go over it in detail, it’s a MAJOR upgrade! The old logo featured a cartoon-esque dinosaur. It’s showing its teeth, so it has a bit of a scary feel. But overall, it looks pretty silly. I think it’s looks like something out of a kids cartoon show, teaching the youngsters about dinosaurs on a Saturday morning. The red color is overpowering. There’s too much of it. Yes, red is the team color, but the way it consumes the logo, coloring the dingy dino and and the top border, makes it an eyesore.
 
Now let’s take a look at their new 2015-2016 emblem. THIS is a logo. The red has been scaled back immensely. It still exists, highlighting the outer edge of the picture, giving it a wonderful accent. The words “Toronto Raptors” circle around the center image, with a bolder look than in their previous logo. It clearly defines itself, and stands out. This is a great way to shout out who you are, and where you’re from! Of course, the best part of this new logo is front and center. A simple basketball, turned deadly. Raptor claws have grabbed the ball, tearing it to shreds. Surely, this is a metaphor for the team tearing it up on the court! This image of the claw marks keeps the feeling of a mean, fierce Raptor in your mind, but without the silly cartoon look.
 
Overall, I give the new Raptors logo an A+ in improvement. This team is displaying a new look, and complementing it with exceptional results on the court. You know who else is rocking the game of basketball with an awesome logo? The Toros Del Chorillo. Chorillo is one of the poorest parts of Panama. This section of town has in fact been through a lot. We’ve heard that they selected the bull logo because a bull is a true fighter and a sign of strength, something that the residents of Chorillo have needed to survive.
 
 
 
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