But then you have teams like the Atlanta Hawks, who took a ... different route on Twitter.
Our schedule:— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 11, 2016
Can you guess them all? Some are obvious, like a Canadian flag for the Toronto Raptors or a crown for the Sacramento Kings.
But it's harder than it looks. Think the first emoji, a crystal ball, represents the Orlando Magic? Nope. It's the Washington Wizards.
The full answer key can be found here.