Compared with the catchy biographies of their neighbors in the division, the history of Phoenix sounds very prosaic. The Phoenix Suns Club was founded in 1968 in Phoenix, Arizona. In the same year, as a result of its expansion, it became a part of the National Basketball Association.
In order to come up with a name for the club, the daily newspaper “The Arizona Republic,” published in Phoenix, organized a competition for the team’s name – “Think of the name of the team.” The winner of the competition was promised $ 1,000 and a seasonal subscription to all home games of the team. Suns gained most points between such names as Scorpions, Rattlers, Thunderbirds, Wranglers, Mavericks, Tumbleweeds, Mustangs and Cougars. This choice was determined, firstly, by the fact that the state of Arizona is one of the sunniest states in the USA. Secondly, the name Suns is very symbolic, because the flag of Arizona has a star on it. It symbolizes the sun, from which red and yellow stripes come out, like sunlight.
An interesting fact is that when the team needed to create and design the logo, the management paid only $ 200. The Phoenix Suns emblem was created and designed in the printing house of the city of Tucson, Arizona. But before that, the club bosses had laid out $ 5,000 to develop a logo design, which was made by a local artist. However, the team’s was disappointed with the results and refused his services. Then, they contacted the Tucson Printing House.
Violet-orange colors, taken in the first season has been on the form of suns till now. Only in the era of Charles Barkley, designers added black color, and in the era of Steve Nash – gray. And also there was an alternative emblem which contained the image of the phoenix, rising from the flames and abbreviations.
Phoenix Suns’ mascot is The Suns Gorilla.
Phoenix Suns logo history
For more than 50 years, there has been a team from sunny Arizona state. Throughout history, the logo has been changed three times, but the Sun and the ball have always remained the same symbol on each of them. Even at the very first logo in 1968, designer Stan Fabe presented a ball with sun rays, as well as the words Phoenix (above) and SUNS (below).
1968 – 1992
In 1968, a new basketball team was born in Phoenix, Arizona, which called itself Phoenix Suns (literally from the English “Sun from Phoenix”). Since the Phoenix is a mythological bird associated with fire and light, designer Stan Fabe decided to depict a golden ball on an orange field burning like a sun. This is how the first Phoenix Suns logo looked like. On the one side of the ball, there were sunny rays, pointed at the edges. At the top of the logo, there was the name of the city in purple letters, and below – the word SUNS.
1993 – 2000
After almost 25 years, the logo was changed, but it was decided to leave the main symbols. So, the main part of the logo was at the top – it was a purple rectangle, turned to the right, with an orange ball flying upwards inside. As before, there were yellow jagged sun rays around the ball, as well as bright orange stripes, similar to the trail of a burning star. Under the logo, designers placed the name of the team, made in purple hues.
2001 – 2013
Speaking about a concept, the third Phoenix Suns logo remained the same as the previous one, but some changes occurred. It is worth paying attention to the fact that the graphics of the ball and the sun rays were improved – the color palette became brighter and more diverse. Also, shadows and a black outline of a ball were added. Formerly, just a purple rectangle was taken in a gray frame with rounded edges. The lower part of the frame was expanded, and Phoenix SUNS inscription was written on it in white italics.
2014 – till now
Five years ago there was the last change of the Arizona club logo. The creators practically didn’t make any correctives. On the contrary, they returned to some standards of previous years. For example, a ball has acquired a simplified version, like it was from 1993 to 2000. The layout of the logo remained the same as from 2001 to 2013, but the background, both internal and external, was changed from gray to black. Besides, designers have added shadows to white letters in the title and slightly changed the font.