Unless you’re a professional basketball team, your name is just as crucial as your game, (if not more so). No one cares about your rec league stats, and you’ll never impress a woman with your 2K team’s record.
A great basketball team name lives forever in the hearts and minds of teammates and opponents alike. It can be a slogan that unites your players or simply a dumb basketball pun that makes you chuckle.
So here’s hoping these original basketball team name ideas for 2023 will cement your legacy as the team to beat.
Funny Basketball Team Names for 2023
I used to be addicted to basketball. I rebounded.
What do you call a basketball player that’s lost their sight? The ref.
Unfortunately, I can’t promise that these funny basketball team names will be any better than those jokes.
This funny basketball team name falls under the category of humor known as whimsical hubris.
This name idea is a fitting basketball team name for girls.
This is a good self-deprecating basketball team name for squads accustomed to posting their L’s.
Shots Fired would also make a fitting name for esports teams.
Sometimes the funniest sports team names are self-deprecating.
Power Tuple is an ideal basketball team name for 3 on 3 games.
Hoops… I Did It Again
Bonus: this funny basketball name makes for the perfect team song. Double bonus: and the perfect uniform?
He Had Game
Grade A Talent
This is my favorite intramural basketball team name from my college days.
For a dad’s team, this might make a funny baseball team name.
Girls Basketball Team Names
Just because you’re on a womens’ team doesn’t mean you have to have a girly basketball team name. It does, however, mean you have the freedom to (and so you should have some options).
Womenace II Society
This could also make an intimidating team name for girls softball.
She Got Game
I know, I already had the self-deprecating version of this earlier. But the confidence plays better in this girl’s basketball team name.
For the ladies, we have an entire article where we brainstorm tons of creative names for girl squads and clubs.
Good Basketball Names for Building Camaraderie
Obviously, what makes a truly good basketball name is subjective. But much of it has to do with your team’s identity. If your squad has championship aspirations, go with something you’ll be proud to see on a trophy.
And if you’re more, shall we say, realistic about your chances? Well, then you can embrace the freedom and go with something deeply idiotic.
This good basketball team name would be perfect for a team composed entirely of Jack Haleys.
Cup or Sh’up
You can also spell out Shut Up if you’re worried that the rest of the basketball league isn’t at your level (lingo-wise).
It’s not surprising that someone realized men’s haircuts + sports + hot stylists = money. What is surprising is that it took so long.
3-on-3 B-Ball Team Name Ideas
There are three reasons that 3-on-3 basketball is my game:
- My conditioning is not great
- I’m very slow
- There are only two other people that I like hanging out with
The Offensive Triangle
Is this the perfect three-on-three basketball team name for potheads? Yes. Yes, it is.
Cool Basketball Team Names for 2023
What is cool?
Is it confidence? Is it not caring what others think? Is it making sure you have tight unis and the right accessories?
No. Being cool is about one thing: having the best team name.
Also, some sweet entrance music helps enormously.
A cool basketball team name, but a funnier hockey team name idea.
As any basketball pro will tell you, what you do post-game is just as important as the pregame. Unless you guys pregame too, which is also cool.
Undrafted Free Agents
Technically not a lie.
White Men That Can’t Jump
Go with this basketball team name, unless that’s giving your opponents too much of a pre-game scouting report. In that case, throw them off and name your team White Men that Can Jump.
The Best Intramural Basketball Team Names
You’ve only got a few years to establish a legacy at your alma mater. Pick an intramural basketball name that is memorable.
Division Won Athletics
Flop Till You Drop
This also makes a funny soccer team name.
Semester a Board
I also like Sylabusted or Sylabusting Ass – if your intramural board will let you get away with it.
If you’re into other intramural sports as well, check out my article on volleyball team names.
Awesome Basketball Team Name Ideas
Self-deprecation is for people with less-awesome selves. Even if your team is terrible, no one can take away your awesome basketball team name.
Lone Wolf Pack
This basketball team name would also work for a tag team wrestling name.
Ninja Assassin Death Squad
You want awesome? That’s pretty gosh darn awesome, Jack.
Youth Basketball Names for Kids & Teenagers
Basketball is great for teaching kids teamwork, creativity, and character. Plus, it gives you two hours to grab a beer and watch a real basketball game at the nearest bar.
This kids basketball team name would be appropriate if they’re the best team in their league. Or, because it may literally be their first team. Like, ever.
Fun Basketball Names for Casual Leagues
Not every basketball league is full of serious ballers. For casual leagues, a light-hearted, fun name might be more appropriate.
Or, if you’re in the market for something a little edgier, Speed Freaks. Anyone seeking team names for racing could also use this gem.
Anyone seeking flag football tag names could also use this idea.
Cheetahs Always Prosper
Take Your Pick
Picks are common in many sports, which means this would also work for a witty lacrosse team name.
Covid Basketball Team Name Ideas
Nothing says social distancing like ten players slinging bodily fluids all over each other. If real-life basketball is a bit too risky for you right now, maybe you’d prefer our fantasy basketball and league names article.
Fast Break Outbreak
Contact [Tracing] Foul
Creative & Clever Basketball Team Names
It’s ok if your basketball group name doesn’t make sense to your opponents- right away. They have all season to figure it out.
The Core Four and Tony
But switch out Tony for the name of whichever teammate has the best sense of humor.
The Walking Winded
This idea isn’t a bad name for a golf scramble team name.
Win Ded Redemption
This clever basketball team name is a slam-dunk:
- A self-deprecating basketball pun
- A video game reference
- Ultimately, the hope of triumph.
Too bad most people in your league won’t get any of that.
Rebound and Gagged
This may also work for a tennis team name idea.
The Passing Lane
Inappropriate and Dirty Basketball Team Names
If your basketball league allows it, sometimes it’s fun to go the NSFW route.
Knocking the Bottom Out
I’m sure no one will catch this dirty basketball name.
You got Stuffed
This is also a fantastic football team name for a squad with an impressive defense.
Rec B-Ball Team Name Ideas
Rec league basketball is beautiful because it can transform relationships: Jimmy From Accounting becomes Jimmy, My Buddy from Basketball. Of course, it can also transform him into Jimmy Who Blew Out His ACL, so be careful out there.
Here’s the Urban Dictionary explanation for this recreation basketball name, just in case you’re less familiar with troll-speak.
I might join a rec league this season so I can use this name for my team.
And hey, maybe one of those is your bag.
You could even try Rectile Function as a Rec team name, if you’re an optimist.
More Ideas for Basketball Names?
Do you have a funny idea for a basketball team name? If so tell me about it in the comment section below.
I’ll add the funniest ones to this list.