Funny Basketball Team Names

Your next fantasy draft is coming up and you need a kick-ass name for your team. Or maybe the season is now underway, and you need a better name to keep up with your homies. Then you came to the right place. 

If you are looking for a quick fix on funny fantasy basketball names, here is a list of 10 that I feel are worth making your own.

Wet Dream Team 808s and Fastbreaks
Yao Know What I Ming?!Bob Ross in the Paint
The Averagers Maybe This Year
(The) Real MVPThe Big Baller Band
Flat Earth SocietyDallas Cowboys (or any non-NBA team name)

While being funny isn’t easy, puns are, and luckily the majority of most fantasy basketball names are puns. If you have an affinity for puns, making up your own name will come naturally. For those who are pun impaired, I’m sure you will find something here for you.

NBA Player Pun Team Names

One of the most common fantasy team names is that of the player-pun. This is when you take your star players’ name, typically your first pick, and make a face-palming team name. I put together a list of the top 20 fantasy draft picks for the past NBA season and their corresponding pun team name. 

PlayerTeam NamePlayerTeam Name
Anthony DavisBow to the Brow /Davistated /Brow Chicka Wow Wow /Brow ShakalakaNikola JokicJokic It With Me /Can’t Take a Jokic /What a Jokic
James HardenGeodude used Harden / Harden’ Slow /Ice-Cold Beard /James Gives Me A Harden /It’s Harden Out Here For A PimpDamian LillardLicense to Lillard /Dame Time /Head in the Dame /Dame of Thrones
Giannis AntetokounmpoGiannis This The Real Life /Freaky Friday Joel EmbiidA Friend Embiid /Embiid of Some Service
Stephen CurryCurry on my Wayward Son /Steph InfectionBradley BealBeal Me Later /Beal Me In /Pimpin’ Aint Beasley
Karl-Anthony TownsKATmandu /KATastrophe /KAT-man /KAT in the HatKawhi LeonardBig Girls Don’t Kawhi /Kawhi So Serious /Kawhaii Five-O /Kawhai Bother /Kawhi of the Tiger /Kawhi Me A River
LeBron JamesThe King and I /James of Thrones /LeBrontourage /All The King’s MenPaul GeorgeBetter Call Paul /Keep it PG /By George!
Kyrie IrvingKyrie On Baggage /Uncle DrewAndre DrummondEverybody Loves Drummond /Little Drummond Boy
Jimmy ButlerThe Butler Did It /Butler? I Barely Know HerKemba WalkerStat Walker /Walker This Way
Nikola VucevicVucevictory /Scratch Your Vucevic /Can of NikolaJrue HolidayJrue of False /You Can’t Handle the Jrueth /Jrue Let the Dogs Out?
Rudy GobertGobert or Go Home /The Gobert ReportDevin BookerBooker? I Barely Know Her /Booker an Uber in the Morning 

Also Read: Why Are The Golden State Warriors Called The Dubs?

Basketball Pun Team Names

If you don’t want to name your fantasy team after a single player, you can keep the spirit on the pun and merge it with a general basketball term. Take a common basketball term, and then you pun it. I’ll provide some examples, but feel free to write your own.

Dunk Trunk /Slam DrunkMake It Rain ManBob Ross in the Paint99 Problems But A Swish Ain’t OneMultiple Scorgasms
Hoop, There It IsAll About that Pass, No DribblePass the Rock & RollBalls To The WallHoops I Did It Again
Fresh Prince of Balls in the Air /Fresh Prince of BallersMessed Around & Got a Triple-Double808s and FastbreaksDribblers And DroolersRim Jobs /Rim Shots
Ankle Breaker-Breaker 1-9Meat BallersBalls DeepNothing But Net /Nothing But NetflixSoup-O-Stars
I Can Be Your Rebound, BabyBetter When I Lights OutBall PenetrationJuan On JuanWet Dream Team

Read More: Top NBA Player Nicknames

Non-Pun Fantasy Team Names

Some people just aren’t about the puns. If that’s you, then that’s okay. You can still be funny without puns, but it would just take a little more effort. Try to express a different essence of humor, like sarcasm, absurdity, or irony.

Maybe This YearFighting FishRedskins is a Racist NameAverage JoesCereal Killers
Dallas Cowboys(or any non-NBA team name) Winner Winner Chicken DinnerThose White Guys On The BenchKiller KoalasWu-Tang Clan
Doing The Best I CanDefending ChampionsChocolate ThunderI Wish I Was A BallerWonder Boys
Free Agent PoolToronto DrakesBring Back Short ShortsParking Lot PimpsSpace Jam 2 /Space Balls 2
Easy WinWill Lose for CashAt Least I’m Not LastYo MammaBall Don’t Lie

Also Read: Why Were Basketball Players Sometimes Called “Cagers”?

Basketball Meme and Pop Culture Team Names

Humor can come from all angles, but most of the time humor requires relevancy. The NBA has a handful of memes and topics which emerge from the season. Take one as inspiration and make it the namesake of your fantasy team.

Another possibility is punnifying a legendary basketball star, even though they aren’t playing right now. Giving them the homage is a great way to give them some respect. 

Also, you can take any source of pop culture that you rock with, and pour some creative juices on it. Just don’t forget to throw a little humor in the name. 

Big Baller BandKareem of the Crop /Kareem CheeseBrick & MortyDwayne Pass Me The Rock JohnsonKarate Kidd
The Averagers Monster SquadKobe Wan KenobiMetta World Peace PipeRun, Shoot, Steal
Flat Earth SocietyCuban Miss Out CrisisMagic’s JohnsonGame, BlousesSomeday Starters
(The) Real MVPThe Dirk KnightPractice? /Talkin’ About Practice?Duncan’s DonutsI Like It When You Call Me Big Popovich
Yao Know What I Ming?! /Sham YaoThe Phil Jackson 5Shaq FuBlow Me In The EarThe Wolf Pack

Final Words

Humor and comedy is also subjective, so being funny is more of a feeling than an art. Picking a funny basketball team name is a long-standing tradition in the game of fantasy sports. 

Traditionally, cheap-shot puns are the go-to, but feel free to bring out your creative side and come up with something original. Whatever you choose, just make sure it brings a smile to your face, which will make it even funnier when you crush your homie in your weekly match-up.

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