30 Awesome Athlete Logos

by: Esteban On  Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tags:  Athletes   Fashion   Shoes   Sneakers   Sports  

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A couple of weeks ago, Adidas unveiled their new D Rose Collection, which includes the D Rose 3 shoe. Perhaps you read about it somewhere? Anyway, the shoe itself is decent, but what’s really awesome is the D Rose logo. It’s so good, in fact, that it got me thinking that maybe I should do a whole list of great athlete logos from various shoe and apparel lines.

Well, today I bring you the fruit of my curiosity: 30 great athlete logos. Obviously, logo that inspired the list made the cut. But what other logos made the grade?

There’s only one way to find out. So let’s get started, shall we?

30. Andre Igoudala

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This one is actually kind of boring, but I decided to include it as a reference point—because sometimes you can’t appreciate the good without first-hand knowledge of the bad. In any case, aside from the boring script, I must say that whenever someone says “A.I.,” only one person comes to mind, and with all due respect it’s not Andre Igoudala. It’s Allen Iverson.

29. Lamar Odom

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Lamar Odom’s 2012 season didn’t go so well. It all started because he was part of the trade between the Lakers and Hornets for Chris Paul that was annulled by the league. After that, he demanded a trade, and was given one—to the Mavericks. But there he clashed with owner Mark Cuban and ended up sitting out the last month of the season.

But hey, at least his logo made our list.

28. Tony Parker

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It’s a little abstract, but if you use your imagination you can see a T and P somewhere in there. And while I would like it more if the T and P were clearer, I give the ex-Mr. Eva Longoria credit for a logo styled after that of his team (the Spurs).

27. Allen Iverson

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For such a flashy player, Allen Iverson had a pretty boring logo. I would have expect something more form the real A.I.

26. Kobe Bryant

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There’s nothing wrong with Kobe’s logo. It’s just that, as far as I can tell, is doesn’t really do anything to reflect the man who wears it. I mean, it looks more like the logo for some intergalactic space corporation from a SciFi movie than the logo for an all-time great basketball player.

25. Michael Vick

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No, I’m not trying to make this list all about basketball players. It’s just that there are more basketball players with shoe and apparel lines than athletes from other sports. However, at nos. 25 and 24 we have two exceptions.

First up we have Michael Vick and his football-looking 7 logo. And next we have…

24. Sidney Crosby

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I have to say, I just don’t get this one. Is that supposed to be an S and a C in the middle? I guess so, but just barely. Nevertheless, I do kind of like it.

23. Ray Allen

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Alright, back to basketball players now. And at #23 we have Ray Allen’s logo. It’s pretty nice, except for the fact that it reminds me of the movie Ray. I guess from now on it’ll be in Miami Heat red (or black) instead of Celtics green.

22. Carlos Boozer

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The Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer went with the graffiti tag look. It doesn’t work for everybody, but with a nickname like CBooz it works just fine.

21. Wayne Gretzky

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No other athlete in the history of pro sports is as synonymous with his number as old #99, Wayne Gretzky. The only person who could rival him is Jordan and his #23, but even he wore a different number late in his career. Regardless, my here point is that there aren’t many athletes who could have their number as their logo, but Gretzky is one of them.

On a side note, I really wish I had a pair of these L.A. Gear street hockey shoes, because they are awesome.

20. Tracy McGrady

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T-Mac’s logo looks like a Chinese character some idiot would get tattooed on their wrist because they think it means “serenity” or some such nonsense. If not for that, it would place higher on the list.

19. Vince Carter

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I like Vince Carter’s logo. It’s plain, but elegant—the complete opposite of Vince Carter himself.

18. Deron Williams

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Not only does Deron Williams play for the trendiest franchise in the NBA—sorry Lakers, but you’re not located in Brooklyn and owned by Jay-Z—but he has one of the more unique logos. (I’m sure those stacked globes represent something, but I don’t know what it is.)

17. Steve Nash

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I can’t really tell what this is supposed to be. I mean, I see the S, but that’s it. Maybe that’s all there is. But regardless, I still like it—kind of looks like a cobra or something, which is badass.

16. Greg Norman

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Speaking of badass, how does a relatively bland-looking and bland-sounding Australian golfer named Greg get a nickname like The Shark. If I tried to get people to call me The Shark they’d laugh in my face, and I’m no more boring-looking than Greg Norman.

In any case, they call Greg Norman The Shark, and so obviously his very popular (among middle-aged golfers) clothing line has a pretty badass logo.

15. Russell Westbrook

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I love this logo. My only complaint is that you have to get right up close to make out what’s going on in it.

14. Brandon Roy, Part 1

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Generally, if an athlete is trying to create a brand for himself, it’s best to come up with one good logo and stick with it. However, the Timberwolves’ Brandon Roy has bucked convention. This awesome tag-style logo was his second logo with Nike. It’s just slightly less awesome than the first…

13. Brandon Roy, Part 2

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Roy’s original logo was awesome. Unfortunately, he got a new number when he went to the T-Wolves, so it had to go. (Though they easily have adapted the BR7 to be BR3, I guess they decided for a clean break.)

12. Paul Pierce

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I’m not a design expert, so I don’t know the theory behind simplicity in logo designs, but I do know that it’s good. And Double Ps logo is so awesomely simple, it’s a total winner.

11. Shaq

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Shaq kind of ripped off Jordan’s logo with this one. Obviously, he’s not flying through the air, but it is a silhouette of him doing what he’s most known for. So, cheating, but still cool.

10. Amare Stoudemire

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Again, simple is almost always better. The AS on Amare Stoudemire’s shoes is just excellent.

9. Chris Bosh

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Really, this logo shouldn’t be that cool. All it is is three characters: C, B, and 4. And yet they make those three characters look so good.

It’s almost as if the people who design these thing are professionals who know what they’re doing.

8. Yi Jianlian

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The supposedly 24-year-old (ha) Yi Jianlian may have ditched the NBA for the Chinese Basketball Association, but he’s still got an awesome logo. Is it a flame? A dragon? His name? Boom—it’s all three.

7. O.J. Mayo

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O.J. Mayo’s game has tailed off dramatically since his 18 PPG rookie season (he was down to just 12.6 PPG last year). However, the logo on his shoes? First rate, all the way.

6. Dwyane Wade

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When he was with Converse, D-Wade had a creative but ultimately boring logo that consisted of the classic converse star made with Wade’s silhouette. Personally, I’m a much bigger fan of this W logo from his days with Nike’s Jordan brand.

5. Tiger Woods

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I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for cleverly designed initial logos. And this one is certainly that. And somehow they’ve made it look to golfy—kind of like a cross between a tee and a cleat, or something like that.

4. Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant is one of my favorite basketball players these days. Actually, I guess he’s one of everybody’s favorite basketball players these days. Of course, it’s not just because he has a sick logo on his Nikes. It’s mostly because he’s an awesome dude. But the logo is icing on the cake.

3. LeBron James

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LeBron James, the anti-Kevin Durant, is a guy many people love to hate. And I count myself among these many people—though I don’t take my hatred for him seriously at all; it’s just good fun. In fact, that’s probably why I’m able to admit that I really do love his logo. It’s busy and complex, but not inscrutable—you can fairly easily make out the L, the B, and the 23. Plus, while it is pretentious and douchey, I do like the crown.

2. Derrick Rose

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At #2 we have the logo that inspired the list: a simple D set inside a rose. D Rose. It’s just about perfect.

Of course, at this point, I’m sure you’ve guessed the #1 logo…

1. Michael Jordan

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How could it not be Air Jordan? He’s the greatest basketball player of all time with the most iconic (and popular) sneaker of all time. I mean, everybody and their mother has a pair of Jordans, right?