By Berry Tramel Modified: September 3, 2008 at 7:49 pm •  Published: September 3, 2008
1. New York Knickerbockers: Unique & New York-centric.

2. Boston Celtics: Great name even without 17 titles.

3. Philadelphia 76ers: 89ers would have been good for OKC.


4. Detroit Pistons: Never heard of another Pistons.

5. Atlanta Hawks: Simple & regal.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Makes no geographic sense but pleasing to the ears.

7. Phoenix Suns: Perfect for the desert.

8. Golden State Warriors: Great name in Philly and Frisco.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Remarkably solid considering picked in 21st century.

10. Dallas Mavericks: Good play off Cowboys.

11. Cleveland Cavaliers: Has a nice ring to it.

12. Houston Rockets: Good tie-in to space industry.

13. Sacramento Kings: Sounds good, imagery shaky.

14. New Orleans Hornets: Not fancy, but Shinn's crew makes it work.

15. Memphis Grizzlies: Not great. Not bad.

16. Portland TrailBlazers: Almost always shortened.

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