The Washington Wizards franchise started as the Chicago Packers in 1961 with a bull image inside a brown basketball as their logo.
The team changed its name to Chicago Zephyrs in 1962 and spelled out “Zephyrs” in gold with a light-blue trim as its logo.
In 1963, the franchise relocated to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Bullets. Their first logo featured “Bullets” in orange with a blue bullet whizzing by the wordmark. There is a white basketball with blue seams, and “BALTIMORE” is off to the right on the basketball.
The next Baltimore Bullets logo in 1968 is “bullets” spelled out in orange with the “Ls” acting as arms reaching up for a orange basketball above. A small “BALTIMORE” appears in blue on top of the “b” and “u” in “bullets.”
In 1969, the team made slight changes to the logo with “bullets” matching the lighter blue of “BALTIMORE” and the basketball being a lighter orange.
In 1971, the colors changed again with both “BALTIMORE and “bullets” being a more royal blue and the basketball changing to red.
In 1972, Baltimore’s final logo, the team went back to the light blue that was the color of the logo in 1969. Additionally, the orange basketball is slightly darker.
In 1973, the team became the Capital Bullets and used the same logo as the Baltimore logo in 1971, changing “BALTIMORE” to “CAPITAL.”
In 1974, the team became the Washington Bullets and used an all-blue logo with the same concept as the previous logos.
The final Washington Bullets logo in 1987 is a similar concept to the previous logo, except “Washington” is removed, there is a different font for “Bullets,” and the hands look ready to grab the basketball, which is red again with white seams.
The first Washington Wizards logo in 1997 featured a wizard in blue with a basketball at the tip of one finger and a star on the other finger of the other hand. There is also a giant “W” on his chest. A crescent moon is shaped like a basketball, and a “WIZARDS” wordmark is at the bottom in blue.
The next logo in 2007 has slight alterations as the moon crescent and the basketball are a lighter gold color.
From 2011 to 2015, the team changed its colors to red, white, and blue, and the logo had those colors. Also, “WIZARDS” has a more modern and futuristic font.
The current Wizards logo, released in 2014, has a red and white basketball with a small animated Washington monument at the bottom of it. A silver star is on top of the monument, and the white seams make up the rest of the basketball. There is a red, white, and blue ring around the basketball with “WASHINGTON” on the red part of the ring in white font and “WIZARDS” on the blue part, also in white font. There are two stars below the “WASHINGTON” wordmark that align with the silver star and that represent D.C., Maryland and Virginia.