5 Rappers That Can Help Their Hometown Team Re-Brand

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Jay-Z completely changed the culture of Nets basketball when he joined as a minority partner. Albeit, his share was very, very slim, the move to Brooklyn and complete re-branding was a testament to his star power.

Recently, the Raptors have been considering re-branding as well, though they plan to stay in Toronto. The Raptors might be swapping colors for a black/gold to mimic Drake's OVO label.

There are plenty of teams that could use an ambassador to change the culture of their organization, or even just to put asses in the seats. 

The Detroit Pistons made a splash this off-season bringing in Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. Most believed they would try and tank, but with these acquisitions they proved to their fan base they are committed to putting a winning product on the floor.

It remains to be seen whether the clan of misfits they've assembled can do any damage in the depleted Eastern Conference, but they could certainly use a boost in their brand.

Enter: Marshall Mathers. If you didn't know, Eminem is from Detroit. But, you already knew that. A polarizing figure such as Em would be crucial to revamp the look of the Detroit Pistons.

I'm not saying they have a "dye your hair school bus yellow night" or anything, but having Eminem as your official brand ambassador would absolutely create a buzz. And thats what they need.

It would be a huge risk, but what does Detroit have to lose? As long as he doesn't pull any stunts like this, it will be a success;

ATL's own, T.I would be a great fit for the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks have become one of the most boring teams in the league, consistently failing to make any noise in the East, despite having a decent roster.

T.I is an intellectual and could do more than just be a face to put some people in the arena. I haven't spoken with Tip personally, but I'm sure he'd have some ideas as to how to promote the Hawks' brand.

If T.I can't boost the Atlanta Hawks morale, we may have to call in the big guy 2 Chainz. But, T.I is option #1 when it comes to the Hawks re-branding.

The Washington Wizards went back to their old-school jerseys, which was a step in the right direction. They have a ton of young talent, including a very promising back court with John Wall and Bradley Beal. 

Still, they are not a very popular franchise and could benefit from some rebranding, courtesy of hometown rapper, Wale. Wale plays hoops himself so its feasible to believe he'd be on board with boosting the Wizard's brand. 

The Philadelphia 76ers don't necessarily need any sort of rebranding. They are exceeding expectations thus far this season, and have a lot of young talent to build around. They are one of the old franchises in the league, and very popular in the Philly area.

That said, it couldn't hurt to bring in a brand ambassador. Enter: Meek Mill. The violent rapper's presence could add a bit of toughness to the 76ers franchise, though their city doesn't need it. 

Meek is beloved in his hometown, so we know he'd be welcomed with open arms as the Philadelphia 76ers hip-hop ambassador. Though, the Wells-Fargo Center might turn into one of the most dangerous arenas on the planet.

The New Orleans Pelicans already completed a phase of their re-branding by changing their name from the Hornets to the Pelicans. Their young super star Anthony Davis has a great supporting cast, and their team looks like a force to be reckoned with moving forward.

The Pelicans could use an equally young ambassador to go along with their vibrant, young locker room. Enter: Curren$y. The Louisiana native has proven himself in the hip-hop industry and has already created the Jet Life empire. The next step is to try his hand with the young, and increasingly popular New Orleans Pelicans.

 Jay-Z completely changed the culture of Nets basketball when he joined as a minority partner. Albeit, his share was very, very slim, the move to Brooklyn and complete re-branding was a testament to his star power.

Recently, the Raptors have been considering re-branding as well, though they plan to stay in Toronto. The Raptors might be swapping colors for a black/gold to mimic Drake's OVO label.

There are plenty of teams that could use an ambassador to change the culture of their organization, or even just to put asses in the seats. 

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