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5 NBA Teams Who Should Change Their Nickname

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5 NBA Teams Who Should Change Their Nickname

5 NBA Teams Who Should Change Their Nickname
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With the changing of the nickname for the New Orleans Hornets to the New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Bobcats to the Charlotte Hornets, a lot of change is happening organizationally in the NBA. The nickname of a team often identifies something about the city in which the franchise is located in and it often means a lot and provides an identity for the organization and fan base. For years, new franchises have entered the league and new nicknames were added to those expansion franchises. Very rarely did you see nickname changes to teams that were established in a city, let alone did you see two nickname changes in the span of one off-season. Yet, the game is changing and so are nicknames around the league evidently. While I don’t personally agree with every team changing their nicknames, I can understand the situation that unfolded in New Orleans and Charlotte. Now I can finally return to having the only image of Hornets' basketball in my mind consist of Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues. While logos are bound to change and reflect the style and time of the game and franchise, nicknames are bound to change as well. Is it likely to happen on a wide-scale effort? No I don’t believe so; however, let’s say that some teams around the league wanted to go with the trend and change their nickname as well, which teams do you think would be good candidates? I have compiled a list of five franchises that I believe would be good candidates for a nickname change if the league decided to implement changes across the league. These five franchises were chosen based off their current nickname and availability of better nicknames that could better represent the franchise and its fan base. Take a look and see which five franchises I have chosen for a nickname change and what nickname alternatives I have suggested. Feel free to suggest your own alternatives in the comment box as well.

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5. Toronto Raptors

5. Toronto Raptors
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Something doesn’t seem to fit for a franchise in Canada using Raptors for their nickname. There has to be something better to use that better represents the lone NBA franchise north of the border. Here are my suggestions: 1. Toronto Mounties- named after the Canadian police force nickname. 2. Toronto Lumberjacks- seems like a fitting nickname. No real connection otherwise. 3. Toronto Hosers- means a good friend or loser, but likely not a good nickname.

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4. Sacramento Kings

4. Sacramento Kings
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With the Kings’ franchise close to moving to Seattle and searching for a new arena, there are a few nickname options that could better suit the franchise that has called Sacramento home for many years: 1. Sacramento Nomads- nomads are people who move from place to place with no real home. You can figure out the connection. 2. Sacramento Capitals- capital city of California 3. Sacramento Rush- location of one of the largest gold rushes in US History.

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3. Brooklyn Nets

3. Brooklyn Nets
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

When the Nets moved to Brooklyn from New Jersey, they started a new culture and thus need a new nickname. Here are a few options: 1. Brooklyn Ballers- I cannot tell you why this seems logical to me, but for some reason it does. 2. Brooklyn Beats- nickname was relevant when Jay-Z was involved with the ownership of the team.

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2. Utah Jazz

2. Utah Jazz
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The Jazz got their nickname in Utah after the franchise moved to Salt Lake City from New Orleans. Ever since then, the nickname really hasn’t been the best representation of the fan base or the franchise in my opinion. The Jazz would be a better fitting nickname for the franchise in New Orleans, but instead it remains firmly entrenched in Utah. Here are the alternatives I can see for possible nickname changes in Utah: 1. Utah Mormons- suggested simply for the religion and the strong following in Utah 2. Utah Rockies- Utah is located near the Rocky Mountains

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1. Los Angeles Clippers

1. Los Angeles Clippers
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For one of the largest and most influential cities in the United States, you’d think the franchise could come up with a better nickname than the Clippers. Here are my options: 1. Los Angeles Riot-named for the famous Los Angeles riots 2. Los Angeles Starz nicknamed for all of the movie stars and Hollywood nearby 3. Los Angeles Others- named after the franchise simply being the “other NBA franchise” in Los Angeles.