Oklahoma City Thunder Logo

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Oklahoma City Thunder Logo
The basketball team Oklahoma City Thunder has existed under its current name for about a decade, and it has had only one logo so far. The club didn’t borrow any elements from the logo of its predecessor, the Seattle SuperSonics.

Meaning and history

Oklahoma City Thunder Logo history

The Oklahoma City Thunder, which was founded under the name of the Seattle SuperSonics, joined the NBA for the 1967/68 season. Back then, the team’s logo was based on a green basketball with a space needle inside. A Sonic shuttle could also be seen – it was flying up.

Old logo

Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Old
In 1971, the shuttle and space needle disappeared from the Oklahoma City Thunder logo leaving only the green basketball with the old name of the team written across it. The next year, a huge wordmark appeared to the right of the basketball, which, in its turn, diminished substantially.


Oklahoma City Thunder Symbol
Since 1972, the Seattle SuperSonics went through three more logotypes. The emblems introduced in 1976, 1996, and 2002 looked completely different, although all of them revolved around a stylized basketball.


Oklahoma City Thunder Emblem
Having relocated to Oklahoma City, the team adopted the name “Thunder,” which was chosen for two reasons. First, Oklahoma City is located in Tornado Alley. Second, it’s the home of the Thunderbirds division of the US Army.
The new team’s logo was introduced on September 3, 2008. Neither the old name of the team, nor its logo or colors could be used in it as they were left in Seattle for a possible future basketball franchise. The club’s majority owner Clay Bennett mentioned that the Oklahoma City Thunder logo design borrowed elements of local sports teams, including two university teams.
Based on a shield shape, the Oklahoma City Thunder new logo features the letters “OKC” over a part of a basketball and the word “Thunder” above.


The word “Thunder” on the Oklahoma City Thunder logo is given in the team’s official font, Industria Bold. It’s a display sans serif typeface created by Neville Brody and published by the Linotype font foundry.


Oklahoma City Thunder Logo Color
The colors of the official palette have the following names and values: Thunder Blue (PMS 285), Sunset (PMS Warm Red C), yellow (PMS 1235), and Thunder Navy (PMS 282).