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Old 01-09-2021, 01:58 AM   #1
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Recognized Team Names in 2k21

With expansion talk heating up in real life, I wanted to make a thread to compile all of the recognized (i.e., spoken by the announcers) team names in 2k21, as I've not seen any sort of comprehensive list for any recent NBA 2k games.

Beyond the current 30 NBA teams and the expansion pre-sets (Barons, Surf, etc.), I've tested the following and observed that they are recognized by the announcers (I'm on current-gen via Switch, but my guess is next-gen is no different in this regard):
  • SuperSonics
  • Bobcats
  • Badgers
  • Huskies
  • Flames
  • Jayhawks
  • Hoyas
  • Wildcats
  • Ballers (or Ballerz)

What are some more? Hoping we can get as comprehensive a list as possible here. I will update this post with any additional team names that you find are recognized by the game.

EDIT: Here's a reminder of the pre-built team names, which the game recognizes:
  • Barons
  • Force
  • Knights
  • Liberty
  • Lions
  • Ravens
  • Sound
  • Stars
  • Storm
  • Surf
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Re: Recognized Team Names in 2k21

Ballers is also recognized, but you're probably not using that one on an expansion team

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Re: Recognized Team Names in 2k21

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Ballers is also recognized, but you're probably not using that one on an expansion team

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The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't use that name but maybe someone would. Is it "Ballers" or "Ballerz" (i.e., like in scrimmage mode)?
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The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't use that name but maybe someone would. Is it "Ballers" or "Ballerz" (i.e., like in scrimmage mode)?
I've seen both be recognized

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A couple more for you. Worth checking on 2k21 as I'm still on 2k20, but I doubt these have been removed..

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A couple more for you. Worth checking on 2k21 as I'm still on 2k20, but I doubt these have been removed..

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Thanks! And indeed, those are two of the pre-built team names that 2k provides. I think they are pre-built teams in 2k20 as well. I've edited in a reminder of all of those names in the OP, since I can never remember them all offhand.
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