A look back at some of the funnest TBT teams ever


By: Gabe Maturo

We've had tons of unforgettable teams over the years

While everyone knows TBT is the most competitive basketball on earth, teams can also be creative and fun. Since the inaugural tournament in 2014, TBT has seen countless unforgettable teams. 

Here’s a look back at some of the most entertaining squads in tournament history:

Team Barstool, 2014

Yes, the famous Barstool Sports did have a team in TBT. The sports and pop culture blog/podcast empire made a team that featured El Presidente (David Portnoy, the blog’s primary content chief), Big Cat (Dan Katz, one of the main bloggers), and former NBA players Dahntay Jones and Josh Boone. Whether it was the swagged out “Viva La Barstool” unis or the fun and joking manner by which they carried themselves, this was an exciting team to watch. For the entirety of TBT, Portnoy and Katz made the tournament fun by messing around in the locker room, shooting ridiculous warm-up shots, and creating hysterical post-game interviews. 


Grantland, 2015

Any team with Michael Rapaport as the head coach is going to be fun to watch. To make things more exciting, the team’s star players were NBA champion Brian “White Mamba” Scalabrine and Mike Bibby. Led by GM Matt Bonner (formerly nicknamed “Red Mamba”), this team had a blast on and off the court, cracking jokes and making TBT all about the fun. When asked about how often the team practiced in a post-game interview, Rapaport jokingly referenced Allen Iverson’s famous tirade by proclaiming: “Practice? We in here talking ‘bout practice? This is the Grantland team and we’re in here talkin’ ‘bout practice?”


Pistol Shrimps, 2015

The Pistol Shrimps joined TBT solely for the smiles and the good times. This all-female LA-based team of actresses, models, and comedians simply did not care if they lost, as long as they were having a blast doing it. In their only TBT game, they lost to LAUNFD, 139-34. However, what the score from that game did not show was the constant fun and games that the Pistol Shrimps displayed. This manifested early in the game when Melissa Stetten jumped on her opponent's back in an attempt to stop him from finishing a wide open lay-up.



Pedro’s Posse, 2016

Pedro’s Posse had the most memorable backcourt in TBT history. The team featured former NBA stars Mike Bibby and Jason 'White Chocolate' Williams. The all-star guards showcased their famous ball-handling skills, making Pedro’s Posse one of the most entertaining teams in TBT. To go along with the team’s exciting style of play, Williams also pulled up and drained multiple threes from deep, reviving fans’ memories of his NBA days.


TMD, 2016

TMD was an exciting team for one reason: they were the bad boys. The team centered around NCAA villain Marshall Henderson and some of his old college and AAU teammates. Feeding off the crowd and the energy, Henderson and his buddies played with an excitement and a confidence that couldn’t be matched.



Team Fredette, 2018

TBT 2018 was all about Jimmer and Team Fredette. Jimmer brought the fun to TBT and did not forget to bring his scoring abilities, as he became the tournament’s all-time leader in points per game (31.0). Fredette simply stole the show and made his team a must-watch, grabbing all the attention and stoking excitement in fans nationwide.


Golden Eagles, 2019

Travis Diener and the Golden Eagles made watching TBT worth every minute in 2019. Whether it was three point bombs, transition dunks, tough finishes, game-winners, and legendary post-game interviews, the Golden Eagles were a blast to follow. Twitter users were buzzing about this team’s on-court play and Travis Diener’s hysterical off-court comments. After hitting an Elam Ending winner in the semifinals, Diener was asked how he was going to prepare for the championship game. The Golden Eagles legend responded, saying, “Well right now I’m gonna go back to the hotel room and drink about six Miller Lites.” Just one year later, Diener and the Golden Eagles took home the championship in TBT 2020.


Herd That, 2020

In a summer that left fans desperate for something fun, Herd That came through. In every game that the Marshall alumni squad played, they were the underdog. The team not only embraced this mentality, but had a blast doing it. Whether it was insanely deep threes, a 20-point comeback against The Money Team, high-flying dunks, or lockdown defense, Herd That was quickly branded as 'America's Team'. Off the court, they were just as fun. Cult hero Ot Elmore embraced the social media buzz and created memorable post-game interviews. Elmore, who made it known that the only ball outside of TBT that he plays is at the Y, had some comical post-game comments. After a first-round win, Elmore said “I also want to shout-out TBT sponsor E&J Brandy. There might be a lot of that drank tonight. We’re going to enjoy today and might not be able to practice tomorrow.”