Ranking the NBA's Mascots
#26: Lucky the Leprechaun — Boston Celtics
It’s hard to even call Lucky a “mascot.” He looks more like a guy who threw on a cheap Leprechaun outfit and showed up at your Halloween party.
#25: Stuff the Magic Dragon — Orlando Magic
Stuff isn’t a bad idea for a mascot, it’s actually really good. The problem here is the color scheme. It should be blue and white.
#24: Franklin — Philadelphia 76ers
Like the on-court product in Philadelphia, Franklin desperately needs a rebuild. Though he still looks better than the Sixers’ last mascot, Hip Hop (inset). Yikes.
#23: G-Wiz and G-Man — Washington Wizards
G-Wiz isn’t that bad, he’s funny looking, but G-Man is horrendous.
#22: Clutch the Bear — Houston Rockets
The Rockets seem to miss the mark here. Why go with a moderately cute bear when any sort of alien or astronaut would be better?
#21: Chuck the Condor — Los Angeles Clippers
Chuck is certainly unique, but he looks just like Toucan Sam from Fruit Loops, except Sam looks better.
#20: Jazz Bear — Utah Jazz
The headband is a good look. Other than that… Meh.
#19: Slamson the Lion — Sacramento Kings
He’s got a great mane, but that’s about it. What’s wrong with his eyes?
#18: Hugo the Hornet — Charlotte Hornets
Great to see Hugo back in Charlotte after “Buzz City” returned in 2014. He also wears Jordans now, which is cool.
#17: Boomer — Indiana Pacers
Good, but not great.
#16: Champ and Mavs Man — Dallas Mavericks
Champ is solid, Mavs Man is atrocious. We should stop kidding ourselves, though; Mark Cuban is the Mavs’ real mascot.
#15: Grizz — Memphis Grizzlies
Very solid mascot. The big furry guy obviously fits the team’s nickname.
#14: Blaze the Trail Cat — Portland Trail Blazers
Great idea, cool name. And yet, like the Blazers, Blaze isn’t quite ready to be top-tier material yet.
#13: The Coyote — San Antonio Spurs
Are we sure this isn’t actually Wile E. Coyote?
#12: Hooper — Detroit Pistons
Emblematic of the team’s “horsepower,” Hooper represents the Pistons well. He’s a game day staple at The Palace for a reason.
#11: Crunch the Wolf — Minnesota Timberwolves
There’s really nothing bad to say about Crunch. Good, solid choice that represents the state.
#10: Burnie — Miami Heat
Cute enough for the kids, and a good fit for the Heat. The basketball nose is a nice touch.
#9: Rumble the Bison — Oklahoma City Thunder
Since you can’t have thunder as a mascot, the Bison is a great fit instead. Rumble is a good mix of cute and intimidating.
#8: Moon Dog and Sir CC — Cleveland Cavaliers
They’re not quite LeBron and Kyrie, but Moon Dog and Sir CC are a solid duo in Cleveland. And they’re leagues ahead of the Indians’ mascot, Slider.
#7: Harry the Hawk — Atlanta Hawks
Harry is intimidating, and also is a great fit with the team nickname of course, which always scores bonus points with me.
#6: Rocky the Mountain Lion — Denver Nuggets
The name and the look are great. So is the jumpsuit.
#5: Pierre the Pelican — New Orleans Pelicans
One of the best. Simply looks awesome. Pierre is unique, fits the team and is intimidating.
#4: Go the Gorilla — Phoenix Suns
The Gorilla is among the best and most iconic mascots in the league. What was meant to be a one-time gag during a Suns game in 1980 quickly took the crowd by storm, and the rest is history. No need for a Harambe joke here.
#3: Bango the Buck — Milwaukee Bucks
Bango is awesome. He does backflips off of ladders and dunks, how cool is that?
#2: Benny the Bull — Chicago Bulls
Benny is the epitome of a great mascot. When he’s not taunting the opponents or dancing with referees, Benny is great at pumping up the crowd. His antics even landed him on The Jerry Springer Show (inset).
#1: The Raptor — Toronto Raptors
The best. The Raptor checks all the boxes: dinosaur, intimidating, funny and full of antics. He once invaded a Toronto city council meeting to celebrate a playoff series victory, rubbed a bald guy’s head (inset) and left.