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60+ Basketball Inspired Cat Names For Your Cute Kitten




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Going basketball style is something that’s trending in the pet naming community, and I know my basketball articles may be helping with this one as well.

There are basketball inspired cat names that you’re going to like because basketball is a sport and basketball is awesome!  Even if you aren’t currently into basketball, these names will surely make you want to go out and play basketball.

So, here are cat names inspired by basketball!

Male Basketball Cat Names

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

Female Basketball Cat Names

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

Naming your cat is an important decision and one that should be taken care of.

If you need more unique ideas, you can find on sport cat names that hopefully help you find the perfect name for your cat!

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