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The Best Basketball Team Name Ideas

Published: 06/10/2021 9:34 PM Author: PromoLeaf

From three on three teams to fantasy ball, intramural sports, and pick-up leagues just for fun, if you have a basketball team, you need a name. To answer the eternal question, “ What should we call ourselves?” we’ve assembled some of the best team names out there. Even if you don’t find a name you love here, you’re sure to find something that inspires your own take on things.

We’ve set things up in categories, but feel free to look through them all: you never know when one might jump out at you.

Tips for Choosing a Good Basketball Team Name

Before we get to all the great choices you have, how do you pick something out of all the team names out there? Well, there are some steps you can take that will help you choose faster and better.

  • Know your league: what kind of league are you in, and are there rules about the name you can choose? For example, your church pick-up league may have guidelines to keep team names “family-friendly,” while your local three-on-three tourney might be more lenient.
  • Know your identity: what is the relationship between the players on your team? Do you all work together? Have you been friends for years? Are you all tall, quick, short, or a mix of all of the above? These unique features can help you choose a great team name.
  • Keep it brief: when it comes to printing your team name on shirts and other apparel (team clappers or even can coolers, anyone?), you don’t want something too long that runs off the edge or looks crowded. If you look good, you play better, right?

Your name is an opportunity to “play on words,” so don’t miss out. Also, have a couple of names picked out, like a top three. If another team “steals” your name, you’ll be ready with a backup that can come off the bench and save the day.

Here are a rack-load of great basketball names to choose from. Bounce a few ideas around, take a shot at how they sound to everyone on your team, and most of all, have fun!

Funny Team Names

Put the fun back in the fundamentals with this list of basketball team names.

  1. Net Rippers
  2. Basket Hounds
  3. D-Fence
  4. Upcourt Funk Me Up
  5. Spare Balls
  6. Balls to the Wall
  7. The Ball Boyz
  8. Travelers
  9. Jazz Me Up
  10. Droolers and Dribblers
  11. Shattered Backboards
  12. Dunkin’ Dads
  13. Lay Up Lay Down
  14. Tipped Off
  15. Slammed Dunk
  16. Ball Hogz
  17. Nose Pick and Roll
  18. On Da Rebound
  19. Net Positive
  20. Pointing Guards
  21. Unpowered Forwards
  22. Dirt Cheap Deeds
  23. Fowl Outs
  24. Bench Buddies
  25. The Three Amigos
  26. The Dudes
  27. Alley Oops
  28. No Hops
  29. Jump Balls
  30. Hair Jordan
  31. Bull Shotz
  32. Fast Brakes
  33. Swish Kebabs
  34. Netty Shots
  35. Sneaker Squeakers
  36. Netty Shots
  37. Russian Hackers
  38. Scorgasm Masters
  39. Gang Green
  40. Bricklayers

Of course, there are a lot more funny names out there. Shoot us some of yours, and we may just add them to our list.

Nerdy Basketball Team Names

Gamers got game too, right? So do Star Trek and Star Wars fans, Harry Potter followers, and nerds of all sorts. Bring your nerd word into your basketball team name with these ideas:

  1. Jedi Ballers
  2. Beam Us Up
  3. The Red Shirts
  4. Deathstars
  5. Slytherin (or your house of choice)
  6. The Lannisters
  7. Predators
  8. Doctors, Not Magicians
  9. Storm Troopers
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Dragon Trainers
  12. Wizards
  13. Hobbits
  14. Sorcerers
  15. Darth Invaders
  16. Thai Fighters
  17. The Imperials
  18. A New Hoop
  19. The Droids
  20. Knights of the Round Table
  21. Android Dreams
  22. Mad Max
  23. Hungry Gamers
  24. Trekkies
  25. The Wookies
  26. We Are Groot
  27. The Ewoks
  28. Dungeon Masters
  29. Check Mates
  30. Kings
  31. Game of Throws
  32. Geeks in Sneaks
  33. Freak Throws
  34. Three Basketeers
  35. Net Flix Bingers

Ready to get your inner nerd on the court? Use these names, or come up with creative ones of your own.

Names for your Girls’ Basketball Team

Girls have a special place on the basketball court, and as such, their teams deserve epic and really cool names that will put their male counterparts to shame. When it comes to creative names for the ladies, there are a lot of options.

Here are a few of the best ones:

  1. All the Single Ladies
  2. A Teague of Our Own
  3. Court Queens
  4. Baller Angels
  5. On the Rebound
  6. Her-icanes
  7. Mean Girls
  8. Lethal Ladies
  9. RIP Girls
  10. Dunkin’ Dames
  11. Chicka Wow Wows
  12. Fancy-Free Shots
  13. Backcourt Babes
  14. Cherry Bombers
  15. Athenas
  16. Dazzling Dunkers
  17. Razzle Dazzle
  18. Ringers
  19. Winning Wives
  20. Rockettes
  21. Basket Bees
  22. Cougars
  23. G.I. Janes
  24. Killer Barbies
  25. Lilac Avengers
  26. Slick Chicks
  27. Jane Does
  28. The Minxs
  29. Pony Tails
  30. Wonder Women
  31. Vixens
  32. Wild Kittens
  33. Violet Offenders
  34. Red Roses
  35. The Leopard Skins

We’re sure you can think of a lot more female team names, some much better than our selections. When you pick yours, let us know how it looks on your favorite basketball jersey, and of course, how you do on the court!

Basketball Team Names for the Boys

Of course, we don’t want to leave the boys out of things, and they, too, get team names of their own. From the youngest boys leagues to men’s pick-up teams or even your favorite community team, there’s sure to be a name to describe your masculine prowess.

  1. Air Those Balls – Air is a necessity for balls.
  2. All The King’s Men
  3. Backdoor Men
  4. Bad News Boys
  5. Ball Boys
  6. Ball Magicians
  7. Ball-Stars
  8. Big Ballers
  9. Big Man And The Sizzle Boys
  10. Boogie Knights
  11. Boyz N The Hood
  12. Bruisers
  13. Circle Dirks
  14. Dirk Digglers
  15. Dobermen
  16. Dukes
  17. Game Corks
  18. Gentlemen Ballers
  19. Great Balls of Fire
  20. Grizzly Balls
  21. Ground Breakers
  22. Hook Shot Slims
  23. Hoosier Daddies
  24. IJump Shot Jacks
  25. Just Angry Men – And proud!
  26. Lonesome Cowboys
  27. Mighty Court Movers
  28. Minutemen
  29. Outlaws
  30. Rough Boys
  31. Sirs And Gentlemen
  32. Sock Puppets
  33. The Army Of Hulks – That’s one scary army.
  34. The Bros
  35. The Bulldogz

Of course, there are all kinds of other names for men’s teams, some nearly on the x-rated side. Use your imagination, and develop a new take on an old phrase--if you dare. Just know you might get booed as soon as your team is announced.

Just Cool Basketball Team Names

There are some names for basketball teams that are just cool--nothing more and nothing less. Here are some of those names you can steal or modify to make them suit your team even better.

  1. 50 Shades of Play
  2. 99 Problems But A Swish Ain’t One
  3. And One More For Us
  4. Average Joes
  5. Backbenchers
  6. Bartenders
  7. Bed, Bath, and Baskets
  8. Bigly Ballers – In reference to Donald Trump using the word ‘bigly.’
  9. Bling Kings (or Queens)
  10. Blurred Lines
  11. Comic Sans Cavaliers
  12. Fair Jordans
  13. Dribbling Souls
  14. Dribbling Softly
  15. Ebola Ballers
  16. Fighting Koalas
  17. Flat Earth Trotters
  18. Getting Jiggy With It
  19. Human Size Players
  20. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Baller
  21. I Wish I Was A Baller
  22. Indiana Paste Eaters
  23. Juan On Juan
  24. Kareem Cheese
  25. Nash Potatoes
  26. Pace Makers
  27. Papa Cons
  28. Parking Lot Pimps
  29. Pigs Can Fly – Yes, yes, they can.
  30. Power Grangers – Wordplay on Power Rangers and Danny Granger.
  31. Rated PG-13 – No kids allowed.
  32. Rebound Your Mouth Shut
  33. Screw Balls
  34. Shake And Fake
  35. The Seven Dwarfs
  36. Snow Whites
  37. Slam Dunk Drunk
  38. Soup-A-Stars
  39. Swish Kebabs
  40. The Philadelphia 69ers
  41. Three The Hard Way
  42. Water Malone
  43. White Men Can Jump
  44. Whose Shot, JR?
  45. Yao What I Ming?

Think of your favorite television show, movie, or even a book you can steal a line or title from, and modify to make your team name truly unique. There are other options, and one of those is simply to steal the name from a pro team that already exists.

Professional Basketball Team Names

When it comes to team names, we can’t ignore the fact that there are a ton of teams already out there, professional, college, and even from around the world. A simple solution to coming up with a team name is to simply use one of these. Here are some well-known and lesser-known team names you can use or modify.

The good news about these names? You already have logos, jerseys, and swag with the team names on them, whether you borrow from the pro shop or create your own unique branding.

Men’s NBA Team Names:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Brooklyn Nets
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Cleveland Cavaliers
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Indiana Pacers
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Atlanta Hawks
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Orlando Magic
  15. Washington Wizards
  16. Golden State Warriors
  17. LA Clippers
  18. Los Angeles Lakers
  19. Phoenix Suns
  20. Sacramento Kings
  21. Dallas Mavericks
  22. Houston Rockets
  23. Memphis Grizzlies
  24. New Orleans Pelicans
  25. San Antonio Spurs
  26. Denver Nuggets
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves
  28. Oklahoma City Thunder
  29. Portland Trail Blazers
  30. Utah Jazz

WNBA Team Names:

  1. Atlanta Dream
  2. Chicago Sky
  3. Conneticut Sun
  4. Indiana Fever
  5. New York Liberty
  6. Washington Mystics
  7. Dallas Wings
  8. Las Vegas Aces
  9. Los Angeles Sparks
  10. Minnesota Lynx
  11. Phoenix Mercury
  12. Seattle Storm

Former Team Names, Gone, but not forgotten:

  1. Bay Area Shuckers
  2. Brooklyn All Game
  3. Brooklyn Blazers
  4. Brooklyn Firebirds
  5. Buffalo Stampede
  6. Capital City Express
  7. C. Drew All-Stars
  8. C. Funkhouse Piranhas
  9. Garden State Rebels
  10. Gotham City Revolution
  11. Hartford Lightning
  12. Hudson Valley Hype
  13. Hudson Valley Kingz
  14. Long Island United
  15. Metropolitan All-Stars
  16. New Jersey Thunder
  17. New York Lions
  18. North Jersey Pros
  19. NoVa Hawks
  20. Philadelphia Destroyers
  21. Toms River Shooters
  22. Tri-City Suns
  23. Tru Hope Trailblazers
  24. Washington GreenHawks
  25. Westchester Wildkatz
  26. Winchester Storm

There are more pro team names from leagues around the world. Come up with a new take on one of your local teams or your favorites, and you’ll have a great basketball team name in no time. 

You’re now well on your way to coming up with a great basketball team name you can use to customize your jerseys and team gear. What did you come up with that is not on our list? Showcase your creativity and share your ideas with us!

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