Like the Celtics, the Bulls have one of those logos that is classic and timeless. Therefore, I wanted to keep their original logo as a base and modernize it. There is a reason the Bulls are the only team in the history of the NBA never to change or alter their original logo.
I based this logo off of the Cavs logo from 1983-1994. That logo was a simple wordmark using the "V" as a net with a ball going into it. Instead, I used the key / free-throw line to resemble the "A".
I used both old and new Mavs logos as inspiration for this. I based it mainly off the old logo where the "M" is wearing a cowboy hat. I updated it a bit and used negative space to showcase a horses ears and head.
I took a minimal approach and kept most of the same elements from Denver's current logo to create this.
Detroit is known as "The Motor City". Hence the name "Pistons". I used i piston to replace the "I" and tried to make their current logo look a little more "automotive" if that makes any sense?
I took every piece of the Warriors current logo, but wanted to add an element that represented a warrior, so I chose a shield which embodies strength and resilience.
I used their older color scheme with the yellow and red and tried to make the ball look like a planet. The rocket resembles the rocket from their 90's logo, but minimalized. The line beneath the word "Rockets" is the horizon of Earth.
The Pacers have stuck with this look since the late 1960's, so I didn't want to change it too much. I tried to add more motion to it and give more meaning to their team name, so I added a checkered pattern to the "P" to represent a the checkered flag used in racing.
The Clippers logo has always looked too similar to the Lakers logo, so I was glad they did a redesign of it. However, their new logo didn't really give any meaning to their team name. I took a more nautical approach by mixing the helm of a clipper ship and a basketball. The helm represents direction and control. I made the type wave as if it is sailing on the sea.
Again, this is another classic logo that need not be changed too much if at all. Since the name "Lakers" originated from Minneapolis and there are no lakes in L.A., I didn't want to bring elements from their name into the logo. Instead, I added a star inside the "R" which I think encapsulates L.A. very well.