Basketball Team Names

If you’re looking for some great  basketball team names to get your players excited, you’ve come to the right spot. Remember, you can use these lists as starting points. Don’t be afraid to improvise. For example, add a color to a team nickname so “The Crush” becomes “The Red Crush.” Or, “The Blue Crush.” Or, add “Lady” to a name for a girls or women’s team. “Shockers” becomes “Lady Shockers.” You get the idea.

Check out our basketball name lists below.

The Best Basketball Team Names

  • The Perfecto’s.
  • Shooting Stars.
  • Basket Junkies.
  • The Hot Shots.
  • The Crush.
  • Jayhawks.
  • Savage Storm.
  • Basket Hounds.
  • Panthers.
  • Shockers.
  • Net Rippers.
  • The Crusaders.
  • Defenders.
  • The Heat.
  • Matadors.

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Out of the Ordinary

Rising Suns.











The Wildcats. (Click on link to see what other famous team was called the Wildcats.)

Golden Eagles.

River Hawks.

Rainbow Warriors.

Red Storm.



Nanooks of the North.

Planet Lovetron.

Fast & the Furious.

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Traditional Favorites



Flight Time.


The Crossovers.

The BB’s (Basketballers)

Dooms Day Devils.

Ball Stars.

Dip and Dazzle.


The Wingfoots.

The All-Americans.

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Funny Basketball Team Names

Hoops I Did It Again!

Nothing But Nets.

LeBron’s Tutors.

Gang Green.


Geeks N Sneaks.

Basket Hounds.


High-Top Hoopsters.

Team Cyclops (Tall, but a bad shooting eye).

The Caucasian Invasion.

Jump Balls.

And One.

Average Joes.


NBA Team Names

Sometimes you can draw inspiration from professional leagues. Basketball team names with a professional influence are popular, but sometimes work effectively. Put your own spin on the name. Make it your own.

Eastern Conference


Boston Celtics.

New Jersey Nets.

New York Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers.

Toronto Raptors.


Chicago Bulls.

Cleveland Cavaliers.

Detroit Pistons.

Indiana Pacers.

Milwaukee Bucks.


Atlanta Hawks.

Charlotte Bobcats.

Miami Heat.

Orlando Magic.

Washington Wizards.

Western Conference


Denver Nuggets.

Minnesota Timberwolves.

Oklahoma City Thunder.

Portland Trail Blazers.

Utah Jazz.


Dallas Mavericks.

Houston Rockets.

Memphis Grizzlies.

New Orleans Hornets.

San Antonio Spurs.


Golden State Warriors.

Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles Lakers.

Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento Kings.


Names for Basketball Teams imageHow to Come up with the best Hoops Team Name?

You may consider establishing some naming criteria to zero in on the best choice. For example, examine each option in regards to:

Does it reflect the makeup of your team?

Does it sound good?

Is it easy to remember?

Is unique?

Does it look good in writing?

Does it lend itself well to a logo for your jersey, shirt or pants?

The best basketball team names can be counted on to check all or most of those boxes. Who gets the final call on the team name? Sometimes the name is decided on by popular vote after some discussion. Sometimes, the coach decides. Other times, a sponsor may have a say. Usually, the better names emerge and nearly everyone immediately knows they have a winner on their hands.

ABA Squad Names

Baltimore Claws.

Denver Nuggets.

The Floridians.

Indiana Pacers.

Kentucky Colonels.

New York Nets.

Pittsburgh Condors.

San Antonio Spurs.

San Diego Sails.

Spirits of St. Louis.

Utah Stars.

Virginia Squires.

D League Basketball Team Name

Delaware 87ers.

Canton Charge.

Iowa Energy.

Utah Flash.

Tulsa 66ers.

Huntsville Flight.

Arkansas RimRockers.

Fayetteville Patriots.

Roanoke Dazzle.

Austin Toros.

Reno Bighorns.

Dakota Wizards.

Maine Red Claws.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Texas Legends.

Fort Worth Flyers.

More D League Nicknames

Westchester Knicks.

Albuquerque/New Mexico Thunderbirds.

Idaho Stampede.

Greenville Groove.

Santa Cruz Warriors.

Erie BayHawks.

Mobile Revelers.

Charleston Lowgators.

Florida Flame.

Colorado 14ers. See how the Colorado 14ers name was derived.

Columbus Riverdragons.

Springfield Armor.

Bakersfield Jam.

Austin Spurs.

Asheville Altitude.

Anaheim Arsenal.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Grand Rapids Drive.

Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Oklahoma City Blue.

Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Canada Basketball League

KW Titans.

Niagara River Lions.

London Lightning.

Windsor Express.

Orangeville A’s.

Cape Breton Highlanders.

Saint John Riptide.

Island Storm.

Halifax Hurricanes.

Moncton Miracles.

South Africa Basketball National League

  1. Duzi Royals.
  2. Eastern Cape Windbreakers.
  3. Egoli Magic.
  4. Free State Golden Warriors.
  5. Kwazulu Marlins.
  6. Limpopo Pride.
  7. Mpumalanga Rhinos.
  8. Northern Cape Zebras.
  9. North West Eagles.
  10. Soweto Panthers.
  11. Tshwane Suns.
  12. Western Cape Mountaineers.

American Basketball League

  • Fort Lauderdale Sharks.
  • Orlando Lightning.
  • Pompano Beach Piranhas.
  • Orlando Whalers.
  • Corpus Christi Clutch.
  • Davie Stars.
  • Emerald Coast Knights.
  • Heartland Eagles.
  • Lone Star Law.
  • Palm Beach Hurricane.
  • Panama City Breeze.
  • Pompano Beach Cobras.
  • South Texas Revolution.
  • Sugar Land Legends.
  • Texas Surge.
  • Twin City United.

Tobacco Road Basketball League

  • Atlantic Dragons.
  • Charlotte Elite.
  • Fayetteville Crossover.
  • Georgia Kings.
  • Hoopforlyfe.
  • Auburn Pro Elite Flyers.
  • Big Texas.
  • Blue Ridge Bison.
  • Burlington Knights.
  • Carolina Gladiators.
  • Chapel Hill Blue Force.
  • Johnston County Nighthawks.
  • Lumberton Showstoppers.
  • Neuse River Basketball Club.
  • Palmetto Flight.
  • PrimeTime Players.
  • Queen City Express.
  • Savannah Cavaliers.
  • South Carolina All-Stars.
  • Spartanburg Silver Lakers/Hill City Lakers.
  • Triangle Run and Gun.
  • Winston-Salem Team Certified.
  • Wilmington Sea Dawgs.

Notable Nicknames

  • Bluegolds.
  • Rams.
  • Forty-niners.
  • Yankees.
  • Jayhawks.
  • Bricklayers.
  • Savage Storm.
  • Panthers.
  • Matadors.
  • Hoosiers.
  • Seminoles.
  • Gaels.
  • Devils.
  • Fearless.
  • Skywalkers.

Prime Time

  • ThunderWolves.
  • Continentals.
  • Sea Dogs.
  • Magicians.
  • Little Giants.
  • Beavers.
  • Golden Flashes.
  • Warriors.
  • Soul Kings.
  • Lizards.
  • Rampage.
  • Red Dragons.

Squad Designation

  • Stampede.
  • Dream Team.
  • Anteaters.
  • Red Wings.
  • Raging Bulls.
  • The Bandits.
  • Mule riders.
  • Fighting Koalas.
  • The Right Mix.
  • And Still Champions.
  • Phoenix.
  • Rivermen.
  • Artichokes.

Good Names for Teams

  • Pacers.
  • The Fighting Bears.
  • Braves.
  • Tritons.
  • Phenoms.
  • Wolf Pack.
  • The Defenders.
  • Falcons.
  • The Flying Carp.
  • Clippers.
  • Chargers.
  • Wonder Boys.
  • Silverswords.
  • Billikens.
  • Blue Sharks.
  • Fusion.
  • The Wild.

Cool Teams

  • Black Cobras.
  • We Get Buckets.
  • Minutemen.
  • The Giant Gaels.
  • The SuperChargers.
  • Black Knights.
  • Bucket Patrol.
  • Knickerbockers.
  • Red Raiders.
  • Blue Tigers.
  • The Judges (are in court).
  • Bruins.
  • Gamecocks.
  • SkyForce.
  • Flying Squirrels
  • Prairie Wolves.
  • Captains.
  • Golden Bears.

Best Nicknames

  • The Oles.
  • Redbirds.
  • The Diplomats.
  • AnteLopers.
  • Golden Grizzlies.
  • Hoyas.
  • Buckeyes.
  • Storm Chasers.
  • The Groove.
  • The Shooting Coaches.
  • Majors.
  • Hilltoppers.
  • Purple Pride.
  • Zombies.
  • Aggies.
  • Uncle Drew’s Team.
  • Gorillas.
  • Hustlin’ Quakers.
  • Rangers.
  • The Blossoms.
  • Ronery Island.
  • Sea Lions.
  • Fighting Scots.

Intramural Basketball Nicknames

  • The Swishers.
  • Volunteers.
  • Sooners.
  • The Bad Boys.
  • Red Men.
  • Golden Knights.
  • Pipers.
  • Dynamoes.
  • Dragons.
  • Amigos.
  • Running Rebels.
  • Lugnuts.
  • Banana Slugs.
  • The Monarchs.
  • Jedi Masters.
  • Jumping Deer.
  • Red Devils.
  • Cowbell Fever Fanatics.
  • Terrapins.
  • Red Rockets.

Youth Basketball

  • Roaring Bearcats.
  • Huskers.
  • Dons.
  • Hornets.
  • Senators.
  • The Perfect Storm.
  • War Eagles.
  • The Defenders.
  • The Lumberjacks.
  • Crimson Tide.
  • The Miracles.
  • The Intimidators.
  • Fighting Cardinals.
  • Alley-Oops.
  • Rush Hour.
  • Barnstormers.
  • Colonels
  • The Desparadoes
  • The Mad Ants

3 on 3 Squads

  • Superstars 4 Hire.
  • Islanders.
  • You’ve Got Next.
  • Pioneers.
  • Gentlemen.
  • Mountain Lions.
  • Cadets.
  • Leopards.
  • Paladins.
  • Vulcans.
  • Mustangs.
  • Flying Dutchmen.
  • Tarzans.
  • Broncos.
  • Blue Rebels.
  • Crimson Hawks.
  • Blue Demons.
  • Musketeers.

More Animal-Oriented Ideas

  • Falcons.
  • Cobras.
  • Wildcats.
  • Bulldogz.
  • Hawks.
  • Jaguars.
  • Flying Squirrels.
  • Huskies.
  • Tigers.
  • Stags.
  • Panthers.
  • Cougars.
  • The Ligers.

Girls Basketball Team Names

  • Angels.
  • The Rockettes.
  • The Doe.
  • Lady Hot Shotz.
  • Fightin’ Hens.
  • Cougars.
  • Lady Mustangs.
  • Minx.
  • The Dream Team.
  • Lady Divas.
  • The Spirit.
  • (Add Lady prior to other names from above that you like).

A Creative Approach

  • The Dirty Cheetahs.
  • Baseline Leaners.
  • Cereal Killers.
  • The Hammerheads
  • Llamas in Pajamas.
  • The Heatwave.
  • Patriots.
  • Diamondbacks.
  • The Rimshots.
  • Bricklayers.
  • The Defending Champs.
  • Alley-Oops.
  • Three The Hard Way.
  • Sham-Yao.
  • The Rhythm.
  • Showtime.
  • The Union.
  • Riverhounds.
  • Leapin’ Lizards.
  • The Whirlwinds.

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