All 30 NBA Team Name Origins Explained

  • Published on:  5/5/2018
  • This video explains the nickname origins for all 30 NBA teams. The name origin for each team is a little different and are part of NBA history. Some of the teams included in the video are the Sixers, Warriors, Celtics, Cavs, Rockets, and Jazz.


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  • 1MFilms (May 7, 2018)

    How did your NBA team get its name?spoiler = probably from a naming contest

  • Philip Carroll (Feb 12, 2019)

    Not my team. Go Jazz!!!

  • VpY22 (Feb 10, 2019)

    +martyc909 yes. LA Ocean would make a lot more sense.

  • DatVince (May 9, 2018)

    I thought Boston were named the Celtics due to their significant Irish population.

  • jannes tiemes (3 days ago)

    That’s probably why it was proposed in the first place

  • holnrew (Feb 10, 2019)

    Plastic Paddies

  • Daniel Kennedy (May 6, 2018)

    Why did so many teams wanna be called express

  • Doyle Alexander (6 days ago)

    Daniel Kennedy polar express duh 👀

  • Andre Francis (Feb 13, 2019)

    i felt like it was one dude going from city to city bringing up these shitty names like the dragons and the express

  • The Trickstaz (May 6, 2018)

    Phoenix dudes, miluakee skunks I’m dead😂😂😂😂😂

  • William Green (1 day ago)

    The Trickstaz wish it was that

  • The Lyrical Revolution (Jan 17, 2019)

    Roscoe Voorhees *Boston unicorns*

  • 三宅円花 (May 6, 2018)

    So people alway cry that Jazz is unrelated to Utah but never mention how the Lakers is unrelated to Los Angeles

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  • AE Conn (Jan 22, 2019)

    三宅円花 except he did tho...

  • rahowhero X (May 5, 2018)

    Milwakee skunks vs cleveland residents... sounds about right.

  • P7 Playzz (Feb 8, 2019)

    Takes on the winner of Boston unicorns v Orlando juice in the finals

  • Rito MaZashito (Dec 23, 2018)

    wasnt it presidents ?

  • BlueVU (May 6, 2018)

    The Jazz kept the name because it means something more to us than a nickname. When the Jazz came to Utah, they didn't bother to change the name because the NBA sent it to Utah to basically die out. They didn't think the franchise would last in Utah and that changing the name would take too much time and money what with rebranding and all. They could just sell the merchandise that was already made. The team ALMOST folded in the 80s until Larry H. Miller bought the franchise, and drafted Dominique Wilk...

  • Sam Worrell (5 days ago)

    BlueVU it was dunes not dudes

  • Splash'n'Skillz #37 (5 days ago)

    +Philip Carroll yeah like the Las Vegas Aces.I'm thinking of one for the Seattle NHL team that would be the Seattle Strikeneedles

  • Aaron Turner (May 8, 2018)

    Orlando Juice would have been LIT AF

  • ainis232 (Jan 3, 2019)

    I thought he said Jews 😁

  • Kylo Ren & Stimpy  (Dec 20, 2018)

    Until the OJ trial.

  • JG124 (May 7, 2018)

    "God damn it, looks like we got the CACTUS GIANTS next."

  • domanddev (3 hours ago)

    Cacti coulda been a better name for them

  • Garrett Racine (May 27, 2018)


  • YOUR BOI (May 7, 2018)

    California should make a team called the California wildfires🔥

  • Lucas Rendon (Feb 1, 2019)

    I lost my house in the fires and this joke is a hot take man ;)

  • BirthofGirth2 (Jan 21, 2019)

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Other people's suffering. Classic. Easy to make these jokes when you've never experienced anything difficult in your entire life. Here's hoping you get to! Fingers crossed.