Atlanta Hawks alternate logos (1970 - 1972)

The Best and Worst NBA Logos (Southeast Division)

I’ve gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I’ve provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA 2012-13 regular season.

Up next are the five teams of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division — the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards.  As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website.

Atlanta Hawks

Best

Atlanta Hawks alternate logo (1970 - 1972)
Atlanta Hawks alternate logo (1970 – 1972)

Alright, so maybe the uniforms the Hawks wore for these two seasons were pretty hideous, even by early ’70s standards. But I like the colors, and it is pretty striking. Note that the more well-known ’80s/’90s Reverse Pac-Man logo was a close second for me.

Worst

Atlanta Hawks alternate logo (2007 - present)
Atlanta Hawks alternate logo (2007 – present)

Lots of praise for this thing over on the Sports Logos site, but I don’t get it. This looks half finished to me, and more suited for one of the lesser college football conferences than for an NBA team.

Charlotte Bobcats

Best

The Bobcats have no logos in their brief history that I would declare their “best.” Just different degrees of suckitude. So let’s pick the worst offender.

Worst

Charlotte Bobcats alternate logo (2007 - 2012)
Charlotte Bobcats alternate logo (2007 – 2012)

How is this not a ripoff of the Minnesota Timberwolves logo, but with different colors? Also, VAMPIRE KITTEH!

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