NBA Mascots

With 30 clubs and 26 mascots, Sport sets out to meet a brave lot known for dunking off trampolines, descending from rafters and being shot from cannons.

Atlanta Hawks
Name: Harry
Species: Hawk
Debuted: 1985
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Sport's Opinion: "Harry has some mean-looking eyebrows. I don't think I want to go near him. But I do admire his navy blue hair. It looks like he styled it into a mohawk!"





Boston Celtics
Name: Lucky
Species: Leprechaun
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Sport's Opinion: "Lucky is by far the biggest leprechaun I've ever seen, which can only mean he's got a huge pot of gold somewhere. Just seeing him makes me want a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal."




Charlotte Hornets
Name: Hugo
Species: Hornet
Debuted: 1988
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Sport's Opinion: "Hugo has been with the Hornets since their beginning, and he returned to the team in 2014. There may not be many teal and purple hornets, but Hugo is one of "bee" coolest mascots around!"





Chicago Bulls
Name: Benny
Species: Bull
Debuted: 1969
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Sport's Opinion: "Benny was the NBA's first mascot. I know hair starts growing in weird places the older you get, but Benny needs to trim that unibrow of his."








Cleveland Cavaliers
Name: Sir CC
Species: Human
Debuted: 2010
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Sport's Opinion: "According to my history lesson, Cavaliers are supporters of King Charles I during England's Civil War. So CC must have been really good to have been knighted "Sir." He certainly looks like he means business!"





Dallas Mavericks
Name: Champ
Species: Horse
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Sport's Opinion: "He may be blue, but there's nothing sad about Champ. He's always smiling, and I think that's because he was one of the horses from 'The Wizard of Oz.'"








Denver Nuggets
Name: Rocky
Species: Mountain Lion
Debuted: 1990
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Sport's Opinion: "He's a very friendly mascot, and just because mountain lions don't have manes doesn't mean Rocky isn't intimidating. In fact, I bet he's a great boxer!"


Detroit Pistons
Name: Hooper
Species: Horse
Debuted: 1996
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Sport's Opinion: "Anyone wondering why the Pistons have a horse as a mascot needs to realize Hooper is full of horsepower! I'd just like to see him get to race in the Kentucky Derby!"








Houston Rockets
Name: Clutch
Species: Bear
Debuted: 1995
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Sport's Opinion: "I'm not sure what a bear has to do with rockets, but he's very nice. Maybe he will be the first bear in space."







Indiana Pacers
Name: Boomer
Species: Panther
Debuted: 1991
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Sport's Opinion: "He has real bad bed hair, and I'm not sure why the Pacers mascot is a cat, unless the team is allowing Boomer to set the pace for them."




Los Angeles Clippers
Name: Chuck
Species: Condor
Debuted: 2016
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Sport's Opinion: "Birds usually don't wear shoes, but not only does Chuck have them, he wears old-school Chuck Taylors. He may dress and act like Evel Knievel, but Chuck looks like Trigger from Disney's "Robin Hood."


Memphis Grizzlies
Name: Grizz
Species: Bear
Debuted: 1995
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Sport's Opinion: "What a scary mascot! Grizz looks like someone who would be a bully to the Berenstain Bears."








Miami Heat
Name: Burnie
Species: Fireball
Debuted: 1988
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Sport's Opinion: "Spending a weekend at Burnie's would be pretty hot, since he's made of fire. And his nose is a basketball, so I wonder what happens when he sneezes."




Milwaukee Bucks
Name: Bango
Species: Deer
Debuted: 1977
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Sport's Opinion: "I know deers are athletic. Bambi can run fast, and Bullwinkle even played football. But Bango can outdo them all with his creative dunks. I think the only way to stop Bango would be to shine your headlights on him."


Minnesota Timberwolves
Name: Crunch
Species: Wolf
Debuted: 1989
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Sport's Opinion: "His howl is kind of scary, but I'm glad that he only eats Nestle Crunch candy bars."






New Orleans Pelicans
Name: Pierre
Species: Pelican
Debuted: 2013
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Sport's Opinion: "I'm not exactly sure why Pierre has a mohawk and is wearing eye shadow. But this certainly helps to give Pierre the image of the creepiest mascot in the NBA!"






Oklahoma City Thunder
Name: Rumble
Species: Bison
Debuted: 2009
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Sport's Opinion: "I know he's only one bison, but when Rumble bangs his drum, it sounds like there's a stampede coming. I'm completely terrified of his sharp horns!"





Orlando Magic
Name: Stuff
Species: Dragon
Debuted: 1989
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Sport's Opinion: "He is the only mascot I know who I enjoy watching blow his nose. And I'm not sure if they're brothers or not, but he's got to be related to Puff the Magic Dragon."



Philadelphia 76ers
Name: Franklin
Species: Dog
Debuted: 2015
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Sport's Opinion: "Franklin may be blue, but he has nothing to be sad about. He's named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers. That makes Franklin the only NBA mascot named after an actual person."

Phoenix Suns
Name: Go
Species: Gorilla
Debuted: 1980
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Sport's Opinion: "The Gorilla first started coming to Suns games because he was delivering a singing telegram. He must be a good singer for the Suns to ask him to be their mascot!"


Portland Trail Blazers
Name: Blaze
Species: Trail Cat
Debuted: 2002
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Sport's Opinion: "I'm not sure exactly what a trail cat is, but Blaze is probably happy he is a cat. With all the crazy dunks he does, he needs nine lives!"




Sacramento Kings
Name: Slamson
Species: Lion
Debuted: 1998
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Sport's Opinion: "Slamson has the darkest eyes of any mascot around. But he has to be intimidating, since he's both the king of the jungle and the gym. He just better watch out for anyone named Delilah."


San Antionio Spurs
Name: The Coyote
Species: Coyote
Debuted: 1983
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Sport's Opinion: "What big green eyes he has! You'd think since he's a coyote, that he would help Wile E. Coyote try to catch the Road Runner."



 

Toronto Raptors
Name: The Raptor
Species: Dinosaur
Debuted: 1995
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Sport's Opinion: "His teeth are very sharp and pointy, which makes me glad that dinosaurs don't eat briefs."






Utah Jazz
Name: Jazz Bear
Species: Bear
Debuted: 1993
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Sport's Opinion: "He may be the hairiest bear I've ever seen. But Jazz Bear does a good job of combining Utah (a state with plenty of bears) and jazz (his cool sunglasses)."


Washington Wizards
Name: G-Wiz
Species: Monster
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Sport's Opinion: "G-Wiz looks like a combination of Cookie Monster and Gonzo. He seems friendly enough, but since he's a wizard, I better be careful of his magic powers. I wonder if his head is as pointy as his hat?"

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