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While I think Sheryl Swoopes is the greatest basketball name of all time, there’s the also alliterative (and twin first-named) Lisa Leslie, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi, and Chamique Holdsclaw. Obviously, these are only a fraction of the names of notable basketball players worldwide, but it should give you a good head start at naming your new little hoop dreamer.
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Names such as Beckham and Iker in particular have really taken off. Along with Beckham and Iker, other athletic baby names in the US Top 500 include Brady, Colt, Gabriella, Jesse, Kyrie, Mia, Palmer, and Serena. Rare names with strong ties to illustrious athletes include Gehrig, Magic, Usain, and Wilt.
NEYMAR. This Brazilian football player's full name is Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, but he typically goes by Neymar to keep it simple. His name is that recognizable, and for parents who choose to name their kiddos after him, it'll be no surprise who baby's name was inspired by. 15/20. Pekic/iStock.
This unisex name is also a nod to Ali’s daughter, Laila, who’s a World Champion boxer just like her dad. Talk about girl power. 14. Venus . This sporty baby name comes from the goddess of beauty and love, and star tennis player Venus Williams adds even more positive qualities to it by being strong, talented and a great role model.
Scottie Pippen is another retired basketball player, but Pippen is a little bit different, as he's still considered to be one of the most legendary Forwards in NBA history. He is the father of seven children: Antron, Sophia, Justin, Preston, Scottie Jr, Sierra, and Taylor. Not too shabby!
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