Philadelphia 76ers logo

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Philadelphia 76ers logo

In this cozy paradise, we can hear a muffled whisper of history that preserves the achievements of the great teams of the past and the glorious chronicle of the city, which gave a lot of stars and outstanding confrontations to the NBA.

The name of the team has a rich and long history, originating in 1946. Initially, the team, called Nationals, was based in the town of Syracuse on the territory of the rich basketball teams. It performed in the NBL until the formation of a single NBA in 1949.

Philadelphia 76ers emblem

The debut season in the NBA was significant: according to the results of the regular season, the 51-13 team performance was slightly weaker than Lakers. In the course of the playoffs, Nationals showed their strength in games against rivals from Philadelphia and New York.

In 1963, the owner of Nationals agreed to sell the club to a group of investors led by Irv Kosloff, who attempted to return the best ball game to the first capital of the United States.  After the team’s moving, the problem of the name became urgent: according to the results of short discussions, the team was named Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia 76ers symbol

So, it is considered to be one of the best names in the NBA for several reasons:

  • Firstly, the team name is associated with the most significant date in the history of the United States. 1776 is the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the North American colonies from Great Britain. By the way, the name of the team soon began to be projected onto the city’s residents, who called each other Sixers. The name of the club, like the logo, is more known as Sixers;
  • Secondly, the name was extremely attractive from the marketing point of view (this aspect is very important). The capacious and sonorous reduction of Sixers and the team’s logo were perfect for advertising companies and newspaper headlines.

Philadelphia 76ers logo history

1947-1949

Syracuse Nationals emblem 1947-1949

The US map of blue shade with the name of the team represented the logo of Nationals, the base of the future Philadelphia 76ers. The map was located on top of the red stripes in the form of a circle, surrounded by red and blue stars.

1950-1963

Syracuse Nationals emblem 1950-1963

The color scheme of the Nationals logo was changed. The map became white, the inscription and the stars around the red bands were made blue.

1964 – 1977

Philadelphia 76ers emblem 1964-1977

In 1964, the new Philadelphia 76ers logo was introduced due to the change of management and the name of the club. A large figure 7 in red color and 6 in blue became the new elements. 13 stars in the form of a circle (which was formed from the sum of the two main figures 7 + 6) were depicted above the 76.

1978 – 1997

Philadelphia 76ers emblem 1978-1997

In 1978, the new Sixers logo was presented against the background with a contour of a ball made in blue color.

1998 – 2009

Philadelphia 76ers emblem 1998-2009

In 1998, the club presents a new emblem of Philadelphia 76ers. This time, it was the usual word 76ERS made in gold with a white decoration on a black background and a red-silver star on the left. A gold ball with blue-silver stripes is located below (visualization of the ball movement).

2010 – 2014

Philadelphia 76ers emblem 2010-2014

In 2010, Philadelphia 76ers returns to its main traditional logo and red-blue-white color palette. The 1978 logo was put into a frame with a red background (the format is a circle in a square), and the white inscription Philadelphia was added on the blue background. All the elements were enclosed in a silver frame.

2015 – till now

Philadelphia 76ers emblem 2015-present

In 2015, designers updated the emblem of Philadelphia 76ers. They changed the ridiculous format of a circle in a square to an ordinary roundel. The club name moved above, the ball was returned, and six stars were added to the rim (due to SIXers). Speaking of little stars, they became bigger as well as «76ers» inscription. A shade of blue that is clearly visible on the “partial” logo was changed too. This version was used in most club performances.

The combination of dark maroon and blue on the logo of Philadelphia 76ers, also commonly known as the Sixers, was comfortable for perception because none of these colors are aggressive. It’s rather muffled and soft. The old-fashioned font on the Philadelphia 76ers logo resembles the 60’s, the era of the team’s domination led by Wilt Chamberlain. The Sixers logo (Philadelphia 76ers) is considered to be one of the two best in the NBA: a simple ball adorned with subtle details. The red figure 7 looks stylish and 13 stars symbolize 13 American colonies.