[Editor's note: We initially ran these rankings a month ago, but with the Wolves debuting a new trademark on Tuesday, we're running them out once more. Enjoy.]
I appreciate an angry horse as much as the next guy, and I truly love the Mavericks organization, their coach, Dirk, I love all of it. But this logo is a nightmare. What's with the funhouse effect in the font?
Another "angry animal" logo, another failure. Why do teams believe they need to be tough with their logo? It's a logo.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Weird font, bland design, strange colors. I know it looks better on color blocks, but the logo alone is bleh.
I know it's supposed to be rockets taking off, but I always think it looks like blood is dripping down the logo. Also the font is very, very bad.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs won't even let their logo get attention.
This is better than what they had before, but that's not saying all that much. I do like their secondary lion logo, but for this ... nope.
Portland Trail Blazers
This isn't nearly as bad as the ones preceding it, but I've never liked the thin, tall font, and the entire logo is so tall and thin it is kind of distracting.
A slightly squatter version of the Blazers logo, with a similarly uninspired design and crummy font.
Whatever. I like that they tacked on a few stars at the end there to emphasize how magical it is.
Los Angeles Clippers
Boring. I should have this lower.
How a team could be called the Toronto Raptors and manage to come up with a boring logo is beyond me, but they've done it.
They went retro with it, which I admire, but the font is bizarre and it's tepid colors give a kind of meh effect.
In terms of angry animals, I actually like this bear and the yellow eyes, but the spacing is so weird on the team name it distracts from the entire thing.
A solid logo, and one that is aging well. We're getting to the good stuff now.
In terms of rebranded retro looks, this is a good one. Strong font, didn't get too crazy with the design elements, strong colors.
New Orleans Pelicans
I know I've ranted against angry animals, and I can't really defend this here. I just love this logo. It doesn't make any sense, I realize. It just cracks me up, and I love that red fleur de lis detail.
Bold color, good font, minimal design. And it's so much better than their last logo, which had the angry bird clutching a ball.
The Nuggets gave the logo a refresh without losing its identity, and I just love the thing. The font is a little off-kilter, but it gives it a worn-in, realistic feel. And that mountaintop. Great logo.
It's almost a shame the Wolves went with a circle-based logo like this one; the actual wolf and the north star atop the basketball make for a solid trademark.
There are just too many circle logos these days across the NBA, so Minnesota loses a few points for that.
The Bucks went slightly away from the "angry animal" theme to the "vacant eyes of an animal staring into your soul," and it makes all the difference. I also love the "M" in the neck of the deer, and those are some pretty antlers.
Simple, clean, funky retro colors in the baksetball. I like it.
A ton of the newish logos have all looked similar -- clean, minimal, circular. They can blend together, but I truly love this Wizards one, which features the Washington Monument in the basketball and a gorgeous dark blue with the strong red.
A classic. They didn't overthink it, and it works.
New York Knicks
An iconic look, and one they've kept more-or-less consistent over the years. The logo is fine but what sets this apart is the colors -- that rich orange of the basketball, the complementary gray, that blue that ties it all together.
This logo has aged beautifully, and I find myself loving it more and more with each passing year. A font that risky could look ridiculous, but it still works, and the deep red and black are strong.
It takes confidence to design a logo this stark, this obvious. Black and white. A basketball. A "B." It's barely anything, and it's perfect. They pulled it off.
Golden State Warriors
That yellow bridge is the most inspired bit of design in all of NBA branding, a gorgeous, stark statement of geographic pride. And those colors!
Los Angeles Lakers
A classic for a reason, and a logo that remains mimicked and ripped off to this day. A bright basketball, the team name in a rich color -- there's not a whole lot more you need.
The wink. That wonderful, ridiculous font that looks culled from a cartoon. That green. The black. It's a logo that would never, in a million years, be approved now. And that's why it's perfect.
The G.O.A.T. Perfection. May they never change it.