8. Royal Ivey

ROYAL IVEY

imageDude is from Harlem, could not be further from royalty.

YEARS PLAYED: 2004-Present

TEAMS: Hawks, Bucks, 76ers, Thunder

POSITION: G, 6’3”, 200lbs

STATS: 3.5PTS, 1.2REB, 1.2AST in 12.8MIN

CRAPPY EXPERIMENTAL METAL BANDS KINDA NAMED AFTER HIM ON MYSPACE: ~1

(Also, happy birthday, Dad.)

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7. FAT LEVER

"Good hands, Fat!"

YEARS PLAYED: 1982-94

TEAMS: Blazers, Nuggets, Mavericks

POSITION: G, 6’3”, 170lbs

STATS: 13.9PTS, 4.1REB, 6.2AST in 31.7MIN

TIMES HE AVERAGED A TRIPLE DOUBLE FOR A SEASON: 0, but he came close in 88-89 with 19.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists.

Also, a random Google Images result for “fat lever.”

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6. Slick Watts

SLICK WATTS

image"Slick Watts" was almost the what the writers of "Grease" called "Grease Lightning."

YEARS PLAYED: 1973-79

TEAMS: Sonics, Jazz, Rockets

POSITION: G, 6’1”, 175lbs

STATS: 8.9PTS, 3.2REB, 6.1AST in 26.3MIN

POTENTIAL FOR NAME TO BECOME A RAP NAME: very good

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5. Žan Tabak

ŽAN TABAK

image First international player to play in the Finals for four different teams.  Also the first player to play in the NBA Finals named Žan… or Tabak.

YEARS PLAYED: 1994-98, 1999-2001

TEAMS: Rockets, Raptors, Celtics, Pacers

POSITION: C, 7’0”, 245lbs

STATS: 5PTS, 3.6REB, 0.7AST in 14.6MIN

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TABAK’S CAREER FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED AND STEPH CURRY’S FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED LAST SEASON: 81 less

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4. Magic Johnson

MAGIC JOHNSON

image A really underrated funny (and ironic) name in sports history.  Think about it.

YEARS PLAYED: 1979-  91, 1995-96

TEAMS: Lakers

POSITION: G/F, 6’8”, 215lbs

 STATS: 19.5PTS,  7.2REB, 11.2AST IN  36.7MIN

 IF YOU DON’T GET THE  JOKE: click here

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3. Bimbo Coles

BIMBO COLES

image …yes, he’s the bald one.

 YEARS PLAYED: 1990-2004

 TEAMS: Heat, Warriors, Hawks, Cavaliers, Celtics

 POSITION: G, 6’1”, 180lbs

 STATS: 7.8PTS, 2.1REB, 3.9AST in 23.8MIN

 REAL NAME: Vernell Eufaye Coles (actually

 worse than "Bimbo")

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2. YINKA DARE

This dude apparently dated Tyra Banks, Pamela Anderson and Heidi Klum, among others, and was good enough to be this page’s profile picture.

YEARS PLAYED: 1994-1998

TEAMS: Nets

POSITION: C, 7’0”, 265lbs

STATS: 2.1PTS, 2.6REB, 0.0AST in 9.1MIN

HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE THAT BEAR HIS NAME BUT DON’T FEATURE HIM: many (and they’re pretty good)

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1. Frank Brickowski

FRANK BRICKOWSKI

image

What a condemning name for a basketball player.  He may as well be a murderer named Mort Killester.

YEARS PLAYED: 1984-1997

TEAMS: Sonics, Lakers, Spurs, Bucks, Hornets, Kings, Celtics,

STATS: 10PTS, 4.7REB, 1.9AST IN 22.3MIN

TIMES A COMMENTATOR BLAMED A MISSED SHOT ON HIS NAME: either not enough or way too many

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Welcome

I was reminiscing about the awful Celtics teams of the mid-2000’s on Basketball-Reference.com, and a lot of players just had ridiculous names.  I just thought about this again, and hence, the creation of NBAPlayersWithFunnyNames.tumblr.com.  Welcome.

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