List of National Basketball Association mascots
The following is a list of mascots of all National Basketball Association teams. Two mascots, Go the Gorilla and Rocky the Mountain Lion were ranked fourth and ninth respectively on AskMen.com's top 10 sports mascots.
- 1 Current mascots
- 2 Background and fun facts on current mascots
- 2.1 Atlanta Hawks
- 2.2 Boston Celtics
- 2.3 Brooklyn Nets
- 2.4 Charlotte Bobcats
- 2.5 Chicago Bulls
- 2.6 Cleveland Cavaliers
- 2.7 Dallas Mavericks
- 2.8 Denver Nuggets
- 2.9 Detroit Pistons
- 2.10 Golden State Warriors
- 2.11 Houston Rockets
- 2.12 Indiana Pacers
- 2.13 Los Angeles Clippers
- 2.14 Los Angeles Lakers
- 2.15 Memphis Grizzlies
- 2.16 Miami Heat
- 2.17 Milwaukee Bucks
- 2.18 Minnesota Timberwolves
- 2.19 New Orleans Pelicans
- 2.20 New York Knicks
- 2.21 Oklahoma City Thunder
- 2.22 Orlando Magic
- 2.23 Philadelphia 76ers
- 2.24 Phoenix Suns
- 2.25 Portland Trail Blazers
- 2.26 Sacramento Kings
- 2.27 San Antonio Spurs
- 2.28 Toronto Raptors
- 2.29 Utah Jazz
- 2.30 Washington Wizards
- 3 Past mascots
- 4 Mascot of the Year
- 5 References
|Atlanta Hawks||Harry the Hawk, Skyhawk|
|Boston Celtics||Lucky the Leprechaun|
|Charlotte Bobcats||Rufus D. Lynx|
|Chicago Bulls||Benny the Bull|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Moon Dog, Sir CC|
|Dallas Mavericks||Champ, Mavs Man|
|Denver Nuggets||Rocky the Mountain Lion|
|Golden State Warriors||No mascot|
|Houston Rockets||Clutch the Bear|
|Los Angeles Clippers||No mascot|
|Los Angeles Lakers||No mascot|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Bango the Buck|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Crunch the Wolf|
|New Orleans Pelicans||Pierre the Pelican|
|New York Knicks||No mascot|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Rumble the Bison|
|Orlando Magic||Stuff the Magic Dragon|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Phil E. Moose|
|Phoenix Suns||The Suns Gorilla|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Blaze the Trail Cat|
|Sacramento Kings||Slamson the Lion|
|San Antonio Spurs||The Coyote|
|Toronto Raptors||The Raptor|
|Utah Jazz||Jazz Bear|
|Washington Wizards||G-Wiz, G-Man|
Background and fun facts on current mascots
Harry the Hawk entertains fans during games.
Lucky is the only NBA mascot not in costume, but is still a favorite in Boston.
BrooklyKnight - On November 3, 2012 BrooklyKnight made his debut as the mascot of the Brooklyn Nets. He was lowered from the ceiling making his entrance firing fanfare to the audience. This comic hero was co-created with Marvel Entertainment. They also has the first issue of the comic book released on BrooklyKnight. In the back story of this superhero he is known for "defending" Brooklyn. The story initiates that BrooklyKnight was born from the beating heart of your Brooklyn. He has made several performances at the Barclay Center opening up the Nets' games and during halftime.
Rufus Lynx debuted on November 1, 2003 and his since been a fixture at all home games. He wears #6 because he's the sixth man.
Benny the Bull - Benny the Bull has been entertaining the Chicago Bulls fans since 1969. Benny was chosen because of the team name being the Chicago Bulls. Benny was named after Ben Bentley, the Bulls first Public Relations Manager and Stadium Announcer. Some of the stunts he performs in attempt to entertain the crowd: Dancing, Dunking with his team "Benny and the Elevators", Spilling popcorn on people, Stealing children's shoes, Rappelling from the rafters in the United Center, Cruising around Chicago in 'Benny's Bull Ride™', Going to schools to remind kids the importance of studying hard, Combing his tail, and etc. Among his many talents, Benny can ride a bike, surf, play basketball, read, play Simon Says, count, dance, officiate basketball games, perform magic tricks, and tie his own shoes. He made his first official appearance at a Bulls game in 1969. Benny owns several costumes that allow him to dress as a vampire, sorcerer, magician, NBA referee, Santa Claus or he can attend formal events in his tuxedo.Benny makes various public appearances throughout the city of Chicago. On behalf of the team, Benny is known to make approximately 150 events including every Bulls home game. Many of these events include private bookings and educational events driven for kids.
Moon Dog made his debut in 2003, and Sir CC made his debut in 2010.
Champ is the main mascot who does most of the entertainment, greeting fans in their seats and helping out with promotions while Mavs Man is coordinated with the flight crew and performs dunks and stunts during timeouts and other intermissions.
Rocky is a mascot hall of fame inductee as well as a recipient of Cartoon Network's Most Awesome Mascot Award beating Louie of the St Louis Blues, K.C. Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs and Lou Seal of the San Francisco Giants.
Hooper is a mascot that truly defines what the motor city is all about. He performs with the Pistons Flight Crew during intermission as well as helping out with game day promotions.
Golden State Warriors
Clutch is a hall of fame mascot as well as the 2005 NBA Mascot of the Year award winner. It was the first one to be awarded. We could not have appreciated some of the most clutch moments in NBA history with out him.
Boomer entertains fans of all ages as well as showing off his ecstatic dunks during various intermissions with the hoop troop.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Grizz is the 2011 NBA Mascot of the Year award winner.
Burnie heats up the Triple A with his acrobatics, high flying dunks, and his sick dance moves.
Bango is a 35 year veteran of the NBA and has been honored by being named the 2010 NBA Mascot of the Year award winner. Bango is on the hulu series called "Behind the mask" a show about 4 mascots.
Crunch received NBA Mascot of the Year honors in 2012.
New Orleans Pelicans
Pierre the Pelican was selected by the fans of New Orleans as mascot. He represents the city' culture and vibe, and can be seen at all Pelicans home games and at community events.
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Rumble the Bison - Rumble made his debut on February 12, 2009 in a halftime show for the Oklahoma City Thunder. His story comes from a Native American tale insisting that he was transformed into a anthropomorphic bison because he was saving his herd from a terrifying lightning strike. Rumble was awarded his name because of the sound thunder makes. He has done a lot of community work within Oklahoma City. Rumble was awarded the Mascot of the Year in 2009 because of the developed performance representing the Thunder on and off the court.
Stuff the Dragon entertains fans at home games as well as making many appearances in the Orlando area.
Three mascot choices were given to Sixers fans and eventually Phil E. Moose was selected to replace Hip Hop.
The Gorilla is another Hall of Fame mascot and is one of the oldest characters in the NBA today.
Portland Trail Blazers
Blaze the Trail Cat was rescued from a shelter by the Trail Blazers. He mostly helps with game day promotions as well as performing dunks and dance routines.
Slamson was nominated for Cartoon Network's Most Awesome Mascot Award. He entertains Kings fans at home games.
San Antonio Spurs
The Coyote is a 2007 Mascot Hall of Fame inductee as well as a fan favorite in San Antonio.
The Raptor debuted in 1995 and since he has performed his daily high flying acrobatic dunks, stunts, and dance moves at the Air Canada Center. His Air Character, Air Raptor, performs dance routines as well.
Jazz Bear is a hall of fame mascot and the only NBA mascot so far to win the NBA Mascot of the Year award twice: (2006, 2008).
G-Wiz provides entertainment for fans at home games. G-Man is his counterpart that performs high flying dunks.
|Detroit Pistons||Sir Slam A Lot|
|Golden State Warriors||Thunder|
|Indiana Pacers||Bowser - Boomer's counterpart|
|New Jersey Nets||Duncan the Dragon, Sly the Silver Fox|
|New Orleans Hornets||Hugo the Hornet|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Hip Hop- Walked out after 2012 season.|
|Sacramento Kings||The Gorilla|
Mascot of the Year
In 1997, the mascots started having an annual meeting at the NBA Mascot Conference. Since 2005, the conference also selects an individual to be honored as the top professional in the league, the Mascot of the Year.
|2006||Jazz Bear||Utah Jazz|
|2007||Hugo the Hornet||New Orleans Hornets|
|2008||Jazz Bear||Utah Jazz|
|2009||Rumble the Bison||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2012||Crunch the Wolf||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to National Basketball Association mascots.|
- "Top 10: Sports Mascots. Clutch the Bear, Jazz Bear, Rocky the Mountain Lion, and the Gorilla have been named to the Mascot Hall of Fame. (page 2)". AskMen. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "Top 10: Sports Mascots (page 1)". AskMen. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Nets Daily
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- "Pierre the Pelican introduced in first quarter (10/30/13)". NBA.com. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
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