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. 17. Washington Wizards: I miss Bullets. 18. Denver Nuggets: Not crazy about mineral nicknames. 19. Chicago Bulls: Who says shorter is better? 20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Experts say Thunderbirds is too long. So why is Timberwolves OK? 21. San Antonio Spurs: No sizzle for a sizzling town. 22. Miami Heat: Best of singular names, which isn't saying much. 23. Toronto Raptors: Jurassic Park seems a long time ago. 24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Were all the plural names taken? 25. Milwaukee Bucks: Boring, boring, boring. 26. Utah Jazz: Good in New Orleans, stinks in Salt Lake. 27. Los Angeles Clippers: Nothing about this franchise works. 28. Indiana Pacers: Reference to another sport strange. 29. Orlando Magic: Tie to Disney World rather weak. 30. New Jersey Nets: Rhyming with Jets & Mets doesn't make it good.