Basketball Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

One of the more popular and most watched sports in the world is basketball. The game, invented in 1891 by James Naismith, is usually played as a team sport with five players on each team, basketball is also played three-on-three, two-on-two and one-on-one. Basketball is commonly played among youth, as well as in high school, college and at the professional level. For those that love the game (whether playing, watching or both), a basketball inspired name may be just the thing for your new canine pal. Each time you call your dog’s name, you will experience the excitement that you feel when hitting the court or cheering on your favorite team.

Basketball Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture

Basketball Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Basketball fans struggling to come up with the right name for their new pooch may discover that a name that evokes thoughts of their favorite sport is the best way to go. Your new canine pal may remind you of a particular player that you have admired, thereby earning his name; perhaps through his ability to jump, for example.

As a fan of the game, you may think to honor your pup by giving him the name of a favorite player; upon calling his name you will be reminded of the plays you have witnessed over the years or the off-court efforts that have made the player important to you. You can also choose the name of a coach who you have found inspiring for his leadership, or name your pooch after your favorite team (or the city where that team is from). Naming your dog after basketball plays is another option to consider for a fan of the game.

A basketball inspired name will bring to mind the feelings of excitement you feel when watching or playing this exciting game each time you call out to your new friend. 

Male Basketball Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Spalding
A brand of basketball equipment
6
Shaq
For Shaquille O’Neal, known as Shaq; played in the NBA for 19 seasons
5
Hoops
Some who play the game say “let’s go shoot some hoops”
5
LeBron
As in LeBron James, currently a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers
5
Net
Inspired by the New Jersey Nets as well as what players shoot the ball through
4
Hoosier
For the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team from Indiana University
4
Kobe
For Kobe Bryant, who had a 20 year career in the NBA all with the LA Lakers
4
Naismith
For the creator of the sport
4
Duncan
As in Tim Duncan, who has spent his career with the San Antonio spurs, where he has made 15 All-Star appearances
3
Spur
Inspired by the San Antonio Spurs, an NBA team
3
Barclay
For Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets
3
Edmund
Named after the Edmund P. Joyce Center, home stadium of Notre Dame
3
Pablo
Pablo Prigioni played in the Spanish and Argentine leagues and in 2012 became the oldest rookie in NBA history when playing for the Knicks
3
Spartan
For the Michigan State Spartans basketball team
3
Kareem
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the leading scorer in the NBA to date with 38,387 points
2
Barkley
A former NBA player, Charles Barkley is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA
2
Spud
For Anthony Webb, known as Spud, a former NBA player who won a slam dunk contest while being one of the shortest players in league history at five feet seven inches
2
Rocket
For the NBA team the Houston Rockets
2
London
For the London Olympics of 2012, where the United States men’s team won the gold medal
1
Hurricane
For the University of Miami Hurricanes, a good name for a busy pup
1
Gator
For the University of Florida Gators
1
Bull
After the the Chicago Bulls
0
Knick
As in the New York Knicks, an NBA team
0
Cameron
Cameron Indoor Stadium is the home stadium of Duke’s basketball team
-1
Pauley
For Pauley Pavilion, the home stadium of the UCLA Bruins basketball team
-1
Dunk
Dunk: for the slam dunk, when a player jumps in the air and puts the ball right into the basket
-2
Marv
For Marv Albert, a broadcaster who is often referred to as the “voice of basketball”
-2
Nat
For Nat Hickey who is considered to be the oldest to have played in the NBA at 45 years 362 days
-3
Piston
For the NBA team the Detroit Pistons

Female Basketball Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Izzo
For Tom Izzo, longtime basketball coach at Michigan State University
5
Red
For Red Auerbach, an NBA coach for 20 seasons
5
Sue
For Suzanne Brigit Bird, known as Sue, who has played for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA and won four Olympic gold medals
5
Rio
The United States Women’s basketball team won Olympic gold at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero
4
Sky
For the WNBA team the Chicago Sky
4
Storm
For the Seattle Storm, a WNBA team
4
Pippen
For Scotty Pippen, a former NBA player who won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls
4
Pat
For Pat Summit, coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team from 1974-2012, coaching her team to 8 NCAA championships
4
Jordan
For Michael Jordan, considered one of the all-time best basketball players
3
Dream
For the Atlanta Dream, a WNBA team
3
Jazz
For the NBA team the Utah Jazz
2
Madison
For Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks
2
Becky
The first female full-time member of an NBA coaching staff; hired as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs
2
Ming
Yao Ming, a basketball player from China who played for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association and the Houston Rockets in the NBA
2
Nugget
For the NBA team the Denver Nuggets
2
Jersey
For the team shirts worn by the basketball players
1
Knicky
For the New York Knicks NBA team
1
Valerie
Valerie Ackerman, the first president of the Women’s National Basketball Association
1
Magic
For the NBA team the Orlando Magic
1
Rose
The home of the Portland Trail Blazers was formerly known as the Rose Garden; now known as Moda Center
1
Riley
A popular coach in the NBA who won five championships
1
Senda
Senda Berenson was known for organizing the first women’s basketball team at Smith College in 1893
1
Metta
For Metta World Peace, a longtime NBA player and current coach who changed his name from Ron Artest; Metta is a traditional Buddhist word for loving kindness and friendliness towards all
1
Tamika
Tamika Catchings played for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA for 15 years and won four Olympic gold medals
0
Cynthia
Cynthia Cooper, a guard who played at the University of Southern California, the Houston Comets and the USA Team; also a coach
0
Alley
For the offensive play called an “alley oop”
0
Dribble
How a basketball player gets the ball from one end of the court to the other
-1
Lisa
Lisa Leslie, a three-time MVP in the WNBA
-1
Daly
A coach at the college level, as well as in the NBA and of the 1992 Olympic team that won the Gold Medal
-1
Diana
Diana Taurasi has played in the WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and won four Olympic gold medals

Community Dogs with Basketball Names

Dubs's name story for Basketball Inspired Dog Names
Dubs
Male
Maltese
San Mateo, CA

My son love the Golden State Warriors. His fave player is Stephen Curry. He wanted to name our puppy after him, but we decided on DUBS, another name for the Warriors. We love it. Go #Warriors! #DUBS #DUBNATION