Classic fantasy basketball strategies:
- Pick one category to punt, like rebounds or free throw percentage.
- Always try to trade 2-for-1 for the better player.
- Steal your opponents’ log-in info and subtly switch their lineup. This strategy weakens their team and subtly drives them mad. You’re welcome.
Maybe I should buck strategy and stick to writing fantasy basketball team names? Well, here are some silly, serious, historical, and hysterical fantasy basketball names for the 2021 season.
Best Fantasy Basketball Team Names for 2021
The best fantasy basketball names still make you smile, even when you’re losing the week 2-7.
You Got Serbed
This fantasy basketball team name idea works for Nicola Jokić, Bogdan Bogdanović, or if you are Serbian.
The Beal World
Here’s the story. Of a King named James. Who just backed up three very lovely rings.
The Fantastic De’Aaron Fox
The Chic LeFreak
I love any fantasy basketball team name that comes with a theme song.
Covid Fantasy Basketball Team Name Ideas
Some people would say that fantasy basketball team names which make jokes about a pandemic are insensitive. Those people should skip ahead a section.
Smells Like Quarentine Spirit
No I in Quarenteam
I Feel Vax-Seen
Winning is Contagious
Masking for a Friend
Danuel Left the House
Naughty, naughty, Danuel.
Or Hard Enmunity – you get the idea. Also, here are a handful of other herd immunity names:
- Herr Ommunity
- Hayward Immunity
- Hield Immunity
- Herd Anunoby
- Vert Immunity
If you prefer the kind of basketball where you actually have to run up and down a court, you’ll love my list of basketball team name ideas.
Offensive Fantasy Basketball Names
If you took my advice and skipped the Covid team names section, maybe just skip one more. If not, you’ll love these fantasy basketball names.
And if dirty names are your thing, you must check out our monster list of naughty fantasy football team names.
Or if you feel like really going for it, Doncnozzel.
There are plenty of variations of this fantasy basketball team name:
Sexy Nuns Give Me Christian Wood
Greek in the Sheets
Who Gives a Buck
There are plenty of options for this fantasy basketball name as well:
- Go Buck Yourself
- Buck Off
- Bucking Nuts
- Buck Like Freak
- Freaky Bucker
- Buck You, Buckface
Classic Fantasy Basketball Team Names
Classic players, classic teams, or just plain classy, these team name ideas for fantasy basketball are for those looking for an element of nostalgia.
Suit and Trae
Man About Towns
Big Fundamental Questions
Mergers and Shaquisitions
This team name for fantasy basketball will almost certainly require a Google. But trust me, it’s basically perfect.
No pun. No joke. Just KOBE.
I particularly enjoy using defunct teams as fantasy b-ball team names. Here are a few more favorites:
- Dallas Chaparrals
- Asbury Park Boardwalkers
- Atlantic City Seagulls
- Berwick Carbuilders
- Des Moines Dragons
- Virginia Squires
Hilarious Ideas for Fantasy Basketball Names
You don’t want to be that guy in your league that takes fantasy basketball too seriously. We’re never going to be an NBA GM, so why not just have fun?
Dame Shooty Dench
The chances of anyone using this fantasy basketball team name idea are low. But it certainly makes me giggle.
Kerr Your Enthusiasm
You might also enjoy Russell Northstream or Russell Southriver.
Collins All Cars
Donovan Down By the River
Flint Michigan Tropics
Beal You Can Be
Obi Toppin Wan Kenobi
Wiggins a Box
Cool Fantasy Basketball Names for 2021
These cool fantasy basketball team name ideas are as smooth as a Steph Curry step-back.
Winning is Harden
Based on this fantasy basketball name, you can also do Still Processing. It’s for all the Philadelphia 76ers fans that are waiting for that one big win.
Mad Max Fury Russ
Siakam the Dogs on Him
Doncic Forget About Me
Clever Names for Fantasy Basketball Teams
Your opponents have all season to get your witty references. So, you might as well go deep and obscure with your fantasy basketball names in 2021.
This fantasy basketball name idea would work better if Shai Gilgeous-Alexander still played in LA.
Warriors, Come Out and Klay
I also like VanVleet of Foot.
If you had a Bob Marley poster on your wall in college, then you know what I’m talking about.
Bob used to talk to us during those all-nighters in college.
See above re: Bob Marley posters.
Iron Lion Zion Williamson
This fantasy basketball team name is straight-up is a Bob Marley song.
Los Angeles Lakers Fantasy Basketball Names
Controversial take: I think LeBron’s bald spot is badass. He’s a dad, he’s been leader since he was a tween, and he’s played more minutes than anyone in the league.
Going bald is just LeBron telling the world that he has responsibilities.
I’d like to make another point about LeBaldspot. LeBron started losing his hair at about the same time that Anthony Davis came into the league.
Conclusion? AD’s unibrow is stealing LeBron’s Hair.
Bron to be Wild
Bron This Way
Oh, there’s a hockey team with that name too? I hadn’t heard.
The Showtime Must Go Bron
Brow to the King
The Power of Brow
What up, Kuz?
The Kid’s Got Talen
I would also accept the spelling The Kid’s Got TalenHT.
Welcome to the Carushow
The Bald Mambas
Find that someone who loves you the way Laker Nation loves Alex Caruso.
Chicago Bulls Fantasy Basketball Team Names
The Chicago Bulls never won a championship before Michael Jordan, and they haven’t won one since. Call it the Reinsdorff curse, and the only way to lift it is to go back and finally pay Scottie Pippen.
Fruit of LaVine
Zach LaVine’s Silver Beans
If you’ve been to Chicago, you know what I’m talking about.
As in Call Me Maybe. Because maybe Coby White is going to be good, and maybe he isn’t.
Making Your Markkanen
Wendell Carter From Mars
If you’re interested in learning more about the Jordan Rules, check out the Whistleblower podcast. But don’t listen if you want your pristine image of David Stern to stay intact.
Ontology is the study of being. Jordontology is the study of being like Mike.
Pippin Ain’t Easy
Miami Heat Fantasy Basketball Name Ideas
The one constant linking the Heat’s first championship to their most recent finals appearance? Pat Riley, the first man to win a championship as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and executive.
The Big Bam Theory
Pebbles and Bam Adebayo
The Jimmy Butler Did It
Make a Big Face
A tiny, independent coffee company founded on the simple dream of a millionaire charging $20 for a grande latte. What a feel-good story!
This team name idea for fantasy basketball has the derivation: Fire-Breathing Dragics.
Life of Riley
Rile or Die
Every Man Haslemits
Udonis Haslem has to be the best teammate in history. He hasn’t played a meaningful minute in years, but the Heat just keep re-signing him.
Boston Celtics Fantasy Basketball Names
It’s pretty impressive that the Celtics have kept up with the Lakers, championship-wise. After all, the Lakers have the lure of Los Angeles.
The Celtics, meanwhile, have to sell free agents on New England in the winter. Yikes!
Jayson the Slasher
Jason Voorhees was a slasher that killed with a machete. Jayson Tatum is a slasher with a killer first step.
Don’t Go Jayson Waterfalls
Go Directly to Jaylen
If you don’t like the direction of this fantasy basketball team name idea, you could go with the more optimistic take, Get out of Jaylen Free.
This fantasy basketball name is ridiculous, but it makes me chuckle.
Marcus Smart is obviously a top 100 player. But I know that no one is rostering Tremont Waters outside of his own family.
Even still, some fantasy basketball names are just too perfect to pass up.
This fantasy team name idea uses the same basketball pun as the Antetokounmpo Karate team name earlier, but easier to spell.
The Legend of Dewey Cox is as underrated as the legend of Kemba Walker.
Fantasy Basketball League Names for 2021
Fantasy basketball team names are important, but what good are they if you don’t have a legit league name? Here are our best fantasy basketball league name ideas for 2021.
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Junior Varsity Seniors
Division 1-I Basketball
This fantasy basketball league name is both a college basketball reference and a dick joke.
This league name for fantasy basketball works whether you and your pals are lawyers or stoners.
Knights of the Roundball Table
Need Booze Association
Here are some other name derivations on NBA that you could use for your fantasy basketball league:
- Natural Bad Asses
- Natty Bros Association
- Nice Bongs Association
- No Boys Allowed
Have an Idea for a Fantasy Basketball Team Name?
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