Birmingham – get your thinking caps on.
The New Orleans Pelicans need your help to name its new NBA G League Birmingham team.
The Pelicans are asking residents and basketball fans to suggest ideas for the team name through their website at Pelicans.com/Birmingham. The submission period started on December 9th and will end on Wednesday, December 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
“This is a great way for the community to share the names that they think would represent the city of Birmingham and this exciting new team. From the beginning, we’ve said that we want the city of Birmingham to be involved in this process. This allows them the opportunity to support the team and we are eagerly waiting to see the submissions.”Pelicans President Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha
NBA Developmental Team
Remember October 2018? That’s when the New Orleans Pelicans announced that they were moving their NBA G League team from Erie, Pennsylvania to Birmingham.
With all the construction happening around the BJCC Legacy Arena and of course our lives upended by this pandemic, I had forgotten about the NBA G League franchise coming to the Magic City! According to the Pelicans latest news release the team is “estimated” to relocate to Birmingham by the 2021-2022 season.
What is the NBA G League?
The G League – the “G” stands for Gatorade -is the NBA’s minor league. Think Birmingham Barons. But instead of grooming Major League prospects for the Chicago White Sox, our G League team will develop players to star for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Ideas for Birmingham Team Names
Since Birmingham is the graveyard for professional football teams there are many team names that have been used.
Here is a roll call: Birmingham Iron, Birmingham Steeldogs, Birmingham Barracudas, Birmingham Stallions, Birmingham Fire, Birmingham Bolts, Birmingham Vulcans, Birmingham Americans.
In the 2000s the Continental Basketball Association had a team play in Birmingham for one year called the Birmingham Bandits. The American Basketball Association presently has a semi-pro team in town that is called the Magic City Surge.
If we are drawing from this list – my personal favorite… the Birmingham Vulcans.
G League Names
Need more inspiration? Many of the 28 G League teams use their parent team’s names like the Westchester Knicks, Long Island Nets and Northern Arizona Suns and the Austin Spurs.
Not sure Birmingham Pelicans works.
Other teams are a bit more creative. Maine Red Claws, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Greensboro Swarm or the Delaware Blue Coats.
The Pelicans G League team will play its home games at the newly renovated Legacy Arena at the BJCC.
Be a part of Birmingham sports history – submit a new team name today.
The Pelicans expect to announce the G League team’s new name in the first quarter of 2021.