Pierre the Pelican, mascot of the New Orleans Pelicans, has been catching a ton of heat for being too scary. It's understandable that organizations want their mascots to be fan friendly and compatible with kids, but at the same time this isn't a beauty pageant.
Sure, Pierre might be straight up terrifying to 80% of the adult population, but he's still out there going crazy for the city of New Orleans, and that's the only stat that matters in the world of mascots.
Besides, there are plenty of other mascots just as wild and crazy looking as the Pelicans mascot. This is just a classic case of the new guy on the block getting the short end of the stick. Not on my watch. Lets reveal the 10 wildest NBA mascots, Pierre included.
San Antonio Spurs- The Coyote
The Coyote debuted in 1983, and has been injecting himself with Blue Magic ever since. Everybody known that faded, yipping coyotes and San Antonio go hand in hand.
Memphis Grizzlies- Grizz
Grizz debuted in 1995. He has become a professional at creeping on cheerleaders and jumping through rings of fire, while not catching his shaggy fur on any embers. Impressive.
Sacramento Kings- Slamson The Lion
Slamson The Lion debuted in 1997, and was born to be wild. Slamson is one of the most well rounded mascots in the game. The Lion ties into the 'Kings' name, his name rules, and he is slightly freaking me out but is not overly terrifying. Plus, he rollerblades and is sort of best friends with Lil' Wayne.
Oklahoma City Thunder- Rumble The Bison
Rumble The Bison debuted in 2009. Rumble is one of the most bad ass mascots in the game. His looks are an 11 out of 10, and he encompasses the Thunder atmosphere with that enormous bass drum. His career is young, but he's a first-ballot mascot Hall of Famer.
Houston Rockets- Clutch The Bear
Clutch the Bear debuted in 1995. So this is a bear, huh? Thought it looked more like a gigantic, deformed mouse hybrid but whatever. Bear or mouse, shoot this thing to the moon and hope it never comes back.
Denver Nuggets- Rocky The Mountain Lion
Rocky The Mountain Lion debuted way back in 1990. Rocky is another well rounded 'scot. His name ties into the culture of the city, and mountain lions are running rampant all over Denver. I say that having done zero research on the matter, but the point is Rocky is one of the wildest mascots in the game. In fact, half of the crowd is probably more interested in him than the Nuggets because weed.
Chicago Bulls- Benny The Bull
Benny the Bull debuted debuted in 1969. Benny the Bull is a true OG in the game. I wouldn't necessarily classify him as being wild, but he is worthy of any mascot list. NBA mascots would be nothing without Benny, and he's not afraid to mix it up with Kanye West- this Bull has balls.
Utah Jazz- Jazz Bear
The Jazz Bear debuted in 1993. The motorcycle riding bear is every bit as scary as a monster. Like a teddy bear on acid. Once he gets to revving the engine on that motorcycle, nightmares are born.
Phoenix Suns- Go the Gorilla
Go The Gorilla debuted in 1980. Go the Gorilla is hands down the best NBA mascot of all-time. That said, this longstanding mascot is creepy, especially when its soaring through a blazing ring of fire. It's all love though.
New Orleans Pelicans- Pierre the Pelican
Pierre the Pelican debuted in 2013. The youngest mascot in the game is running away with the creepiest look in the history of sports mascots. The Pelicans have already announced plans to alter the costume because Pierre is driving kids to tears. Wait, the strung out, mascara wearing Pelican is scaring kids? No way.