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

  • R. Scott Rogers (Mar 18, 2019)

    Lakers are actually named after the Laker Ships of the Great Lakes.

  • Lofty_ YT (Feb 24, 2019)

    Studa baker ikr

  • Daniel Kennedy (May 6, 2018)

    Why did so many teams wanna be called express

  • Doyle Alexander (Feb 13, 2019)

    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

  • DatVince (May 9, 2018)

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

  • Q the omnipotent (Apr 8, 2019)

    +Steve Roche I know you are......but what am I?

  • Steve Roche (Apr 8, 2019)

    +Q the omnipotent I honestly can't tell if you're trolling or not 😂 Scottish isnt English for Celtic, it just means 'of Scots' just like Celtic means 'of Celts'. Just google the Celts and you'll see that Celtic most definitely refers to Ireland, unless you're trolling, which I assume you are 😂

  • Aaron Turner (May 8, 2018)

    Orlando Juice would have been LIT AF

  • Kurt David (Mar 30, 2019)

    Orlando holocaust would be great too

  • Khai Lol (Mar 23, 2019)

    Miami beaches is lit AF

  • The Trickstaz (May 6, 2018)

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

  • dark destroyer24 (Apr 2, 2019)

    Washington seadogs

  • Jason Everard (Mar 6, 2019)

    +Joseph Masucci once the Warriors move back to San Francisco, they should change their name to "Cornholes" in honor of their large gay population.

  • 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

  • Logan Staheli (Mar 29, 2019)

    +Calob Adams How is it disrespectful?

  • R. Scott Rogers (Mar 18, 2019)

    The Lakers were actually named after the Laker Ships of the Great Lakes.

  • Garrett Little (May 5, 2018)

    Hmmmmm, let's call ourselves, the Milwaukee Skunks...what?

  • Damian the bears fan (Apr 7, 2019)

    If Milwaukee wasn't a good team the name would be perfect

  • +Hunter Craig we have one more ring than almost half the NBA, dumbass

  • rahowhero X (May 5, 2018)

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

  • The Sarge (Mar 3, 2019)

    Presidents. Smh

  • P7 Playzz (Feb 8, 2019)

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

  • Haron Sullivan (May 6, 2018)

    As a bonus you should have told us the origin of the supersonics name

  • david's great (Mar 13, 2019)

    +Q the omnipotent Or the as an homage to Seattle's very own Nirvana: Smells Like...A Takeover

  • Q the omnipotent (Mar 13, 2019)

    +david's great LoL. I guess that is better than the Seattle Cloe dancer/Crown of thorns, the Seattle Foxy Lady, the Seattle Crazy on you, the Seattle Silent Lucidity, the Seattle I like big butts, the Seattle Black hole sun, or the Seattle All Apologies.Seattle Black hole sun has a nice ring though.

  • 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...

  • Joey beanbags (6 days ago)

    Talon Fullmer nope never heard that ever

  • Talon Fullmer (6 days ago)

    DJ Gen lol and everyone outside of LA hates the lakers for keeping their name. Lol no different