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The NBA’s Current Team Mascots (Part 2 of 2)

NBA Mascots At The 2013 NBA All-Star Game

NBA Mascots At The 2013 NBA All-Star Game

As promised, the rest of the NBA‘s current mascots. Check out Part 1 from yesterday, too!

Tomorrow, back to stats on football Sunday.

Click on the pics below for the full size photos.

Miami Heat: Burnie

Miami Heat Mascot Burnie

Milwaukee Bucks: Bango the Buck

Milwaukee Bucks Mascot Bango The Buck

Minnesota Timberwolves: Crunch the Wolf

Minnesota Timberwolves Mascot Crunch The Wolf

New Orleans Pelicans: Pierre the Pelican

New Orleans Pelicans Mascot Pierre The Pelican

New York Knicks: None (or Spike Lee, Unofficial)

New York Knicks Unofficial Mascot Spike Lee

Oklahoma City Thunder: Rumble the Bison

Oklahoma City Thunder Mascot Rumble The Bison

Orlando Magic: Stuff the Magic Dragon

Orlando Magic Mascot Stuff The Magic Dragon

Philadelphia 76ers: None

Phoenix Suns: The Suns Gorilla

Phoenix Suns Mascot The Suns Gorilla

Portland Trail Blazers: Blaze the Trail Cat

Portland Trail Blazers Mascot Blaze The Cat

Sacramento Kings: Slamson the Lion

Sacramento Kings Mascot Slamson The Lion

San Antonio Spurs: The Coyote

San Antonio Spurs Mascot The Coyote

Toronto Raptors (1 of 2): The Raptor

Toronto Raptors Mascot The Raptor

Toronto Raptors (2 of 2): Stripes

Toronto Raptors Mascot Stripes The Raptor

Utah Jazz: Jazz Bear

Utah Jazz Mascot Jazz Bear

Washington Wizards (1 of 2): G. Wiz

Washington Wizards Mascot G. Wiz

Washington Wizards (2 of 2): G. Man

Washington Wizards Mascot G. Man

Need more mascots? Sports List of the Day has covered these, too:

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 1 of 2

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 2 of 2

Winter Olympics Mascots 1968-2014

Summer Olympics Mascots 1972-2012

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The NBA’s Current Team Mascots (Part 1 of 2)

The Charlotte Bobcats Mascot Rufus Lynx Has Been Replaced By Hugo T. Hornet. Also Pictured (Clockwise): The Raptor, G. Man, Harry The Hawk And Bango The Buck.

The Charlotte Bobcats Mascot Rufus Lynx Has Been Replaced By Hugo T. Hornet. Also Pictured (Clockwise): The Raptor, G. Man, Harry The Hawk And Bango The Buck.

With the 2014-15 NBA season upon us, let’s get going on some basketball posts, and let’s start with two fun, colorful ones. Sure it’s not our usual statistical hashing, but mascot posts are pretty popular. So, give the people what they want.

And it’s something to know, too.

Out of 30 teams, only six do not have a mascot (not including Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee, ha).

Let’s go alphabetical. Today, it’s the mascots of the Atlanta Hawks through the Memphis Grizzlies. Tomorrow, it’s the Miami Heat to the Washington Wizards.

Click on the pics below for the full size photos.

Atlanta Hawks: Harry the Hawk

Atlanta Hawks Mascot Harry The Hawk

Boston Celtics: Lucky the Leprechaun

Boston Celtics Mascot Lucky The Leprechaun

Brooklyn Nets: None

Charlotte Hornets: Hugo T. Hornet

Charlott Hornets Mascot Hugo T. Hornet

Chicago Bulls: Benny the Bull

Chicago Bulls Mascot Benny The Bull

Cleveland Cavaliers (1 of 2): Moon Dog

Cleveland Cavaliers Mascot Moondog

Cleveland Cavaliers (2 of 2): Sir CC

Cleveland Cavaliers Mascot Sir CC

Dallas Mavericks (1 of 2): Champ

Dallas Mavericks Mascot Champ

Dallas Mavericks (2 of 2): Mavs Man

Dallas Mavericks Mascot Mavs Man

Denver Nuggets: Rocky the Mountain Lion

Denver Nuggets Mascot Rocky The Mountain Lion

Detroit Pistons: Hooper

Detroit Pistons Mascot Hooper

Golden State Warriors: None

Houston Rockets: Clutch the Bear

Houston Rockets Mascot Clutch The Bear

Indiana Pacers: Boomer the Panther

Indiana Pacers Mascot Boomer The Panther

Los Angeles Clippers: None

Los Angeles Lakers: None (or Jack Nicholson, Unofficial)

Los Angeles Lakers Unofficial Mascot Jack Nicholson

Memphis Grizzlies: Grizz

Memphis Grizzlies Mascot Grizz

Part 2: tomorrow!

Need more mascots? Sports List of the Day has covered these, too:

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 1 of 2

Major League Baseball’s Current Team Mascots Part 2 of 2

Winter Olympics Mascots 1968-2014

Summer Olympics Mascots 1972-2012

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NBA 2014-15: Team Payrolls and Salary Cap Hits (and vs. 2013-14)

The Highest Payroll In The NBA - Still The Brooklyn Nets

The Highest Payroll In The NBA – Still The Brooklyn Nets

Even after shedding Paul Pierce‘s $15.3 million, the Brooklyn Nets continue to have the highest payroll in the NBA for a second season in a row. But it’s dipped below the $100M mark, so no team goes there in 2014-15.

The New York Knicks, who were second in payroll last season, have fallen to third behind a big surprise. The Portland Trail Blazers leapt from 20th in 2013-14 to second on a $26M increase (more than 40 percent) in player salary.

What other big climbers out there?

How about the Charlotte Hornets nee Bobcats? They climbed 10 slots from 23rd to 13th. Naturally, the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ payroll jumped with the taking on of LeBron James again.

In turn, the Miami Heat fell from third overall to seventh.

Nobody bottoms the Los Angeles Lakers, though, in financial freefall. They dropped nine large in payroll when Pau Gasol went to the Chicago Bulls and dropped from fifth all the way to 20th.

What about the real cheap-o franchise out there?

The Philadelphia 76ers are shelling out a laughable $38.7M this year. Eight players in the league make over $20M each, more than half the Sixers payroll.

Philly is one of just six teams under the cap, and one of nine teams that cut costs.

Two popular and chock-full-of-financial-info lists for you today. First, by division, every NBA team’s 2014-15 total payroll and cap hit (the salary cap this season is $63,065,000). Click on any of the teams to retrieve signing, salary and contract information for every individual player thanks to my source (and yours), basketball-reference.com.

Second, the straight up sorted payrolls from top to bottom – and compared to 2013-14, too.

Need more? Here’s 2012-13.

SORTED BY DIVISION

EAST    
     
ATLANTIC DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Brooklyn Nets $97,840,031 $34,775,031
New York Knicks $88,850,651 $25,785,651
Toronto Raptors $75,562,364 $12,497,364
Boston Celtics $74,995,523 $11,930,523
Philadelphia 76ers $38,657,441 ($24,407,559)
   
CENTRAL DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Chicago Bulls $81,244,225 $18,179,225
Indiana Pacers $75,174,324 $12,109,324
Cleveland Cavaliers $74,193,282 $11,128,282
Milwaukee Bucks $62,441,965 ($623,035)
Detroit Pistons $61,350,926 ($1,714,074)
   
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Washington Wizards $85,832,379 $22,767,379
Miami Heat $79,244,132 $16,179,132
Charlotte Hornets $74,584,138 $11,519,138
Atlanta Hawks $60,038,044 ($3,026,956)
Orlando Magic $53,563,463 ($9,501,537)
   
WEST  
   
NORTHWEST DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Portland Trail Blazers $89,320,392 $26,255,392
Oklahoma City Thunder $75,523,934 $12,458,934
Denver Nuggets $74,226,256 $11,161,256
Minnesota Timberwolves $66,229,732 $3,164,732
Utah Jazz $59,478,963 ($3,586,037)
   
PACIFIC DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Los Angeles Clippers $80,743,574 $17,678,574
Golden State Warriors $73,491,532 $10,426,532
Sacramento Kings $70,930,707 $7,865,707
Los Angeles Lakers $70,314,366 $7,249,366
Phoenix Suns $66,098,765 $3,033,765
   
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 2014-15 SALARY O/U CAP
Memphis Grizzlies $75,801,757 $12,736,757
Houston Rockets $74,317,366 $11,252,366
Dallas Mavericks $70,799,863 $7,734,863
San Antonio Spurs $69,549,479 $6,484,479
New Orleans Pelicans $68,446,033 $5,381,033

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SORTED BY 2014-15 TEAM SALARY

  TEAM 2014-15 SALARY 2013-14 SALARY 2013-14 RANKING VS. 2013-14
1. Brooklyn Nets $97,840,031 $102,608,995 1 ($4,768,964)
2. Portland Trail Blazers $89,320,392 $63,214,586 20 $26,105,806
3. New York Knicks $88,850,651 $89,184,072 2 ($333,421)
4. Washington Wizards $85,832,379 $70,944,938 9 $14,887,441
5. Chicago Bulls $81,244,225 $82,024,422 4 ($780,197)
6. Los Angeles Clippers $80,743,574 $73,942,733 6 $6,800,841
7. Miami Heat $79,244,132 $84,329,619 3 ($5,085,487)
8. Memphis Grizzlies $75,801,757 $67,866,967 13 $7,934,790
9. Toronto Raptors $75,562,364 $70,928,519 10 $4,633,845
10. Oklahoma City Thunder $75,523,934 $71,781,364 7 $3,742,570
11. Indiana Pacers $75,174,324 $70,436,491 11 $4,737,833
12. Boston Celtics $74,995,523 $71,484,789 8 $3,510,734
13. Charlotte Hornets $74,584,138 $61,309,242 23 $13,274,896
14. Houston Rockets $74,317,366 $65,086,494 17 $9,230,872
15. Denver Nuggets $74,226,256 $67,324,401 16 $6,901,855
16. Cleveland Cavaliers $74,193,282 $61,089,456 24 $13,103,826
17. Golden State Warriors $73,491,532 $67,827,154 14 $5,664,378
18. Sacramento Kings $70,930,707 $60,026,869 25 $10,903,838
19. Dallas Mavericks $70,799,863 $67,731,565 15 $3,068,298
20. Los Angeles Lakers $70,314,366 $79,363,984 5 ($9,049,618)
21. San Antonio Spurs $69,549,479 $64,363,059 18 $5,186,420
22. New Orleans Pelicans $68,446,033 $64,012,381 19 $4,433,652
23. Minnesota Timberwolves $66,229,732 $68,495,356 12 ($2,265,624)
24. Phoenix Suns $66,098,765 $58,512,913 26 $7,585,852
25. Milwaukee Bucks $62,441,965 $51,175,131 29 $11,266,834
26. Detroit Pistons $61,350,926 $61,897,253 21 ($546,327)
27. Atlanta Hawks $60,038,044 $57,359,097 27 $2,678,947
28. Utah Jazz $59,478,963 $56,818,345 28 $2,660,618
29. Orlando Magic $53,563,463 $61,776,433 22 ($8,212,970)
30. Philadelphia 76ers $38,657,441 $47,119,495 30 ($8,462,054)

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