How many fan bases would choose their current teams' mascot/logo?
So now that we are becoming the Pelicans, I find myself really thinking about other teams' names far more often than I used to. Tonight we played the Spurs, and of course Sean Elliot made fun of how unintimidating Pelicans is as a name. Really? From a team that is named after a shoe accessory? Really?!?
So it got me to thinking. Imagine all 30 teams had their mascot/logo stripped. We erased their memory of the past so they weren't nostalgic, and put five options for their team name in front of them and had fans vote. How many fan bases would likely pick that same name?
I know the answer is impossible to know for sure, but for instance, we know that there is no way in the world that LA fans choose Lakers for their team (or probably even Clippers for that matter).
So, who do you got? What name would actually still be picked today if all things were equal? My guesses:
Heat, Timberwolves, 76ers, Nets, Pistons, Mavericks
Maybe's: Hawks, Rockets, Celtics, Trailblazers
Point is, I think that if the NBA was just starting today and we started off from scratch, most fan bases would scoff at the very same mascots/logos that they not only accept, but wear with pride today.
Agree or Disagree?