Basketball RPF

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RPF Fandom
Name(s): Basketball RPF, Men's Basketball RPF
Scope/Focus: primarily NBA players
See also: Sports RPF
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Basketball RPF is a real-person fiction fandom that focuses on professional basketball players. Most of the fandom works focus on players in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but there are some fans of international basketball (mainly about members of the Spanish national team) and women basketball players.


Basketball RPF has a presence on sites like LiveJournal and later Archive of Our Own, where some works are member-locked (though not to the extent of Hockey RPF).

Basketball RPF, like other Sports RPF fandoms, tends to focus on teams and players that are successful at the time, as well as prominently featured players. Teammates and rivals are commonly shipped together for their interactions.

A notable amount of fanworks on the AO3 tag are in Mandarin, likely due to the NBA's popularity in China.

Key Teams, Players, and Pairings


Popular teams in Basketball RPF include the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Toronto Raptors, though much of the teams' popularity is dependent on their success. Earlier works on AO3 focus on players in the Spanish national team, some of which have played in the NBA.

Due to many prominent NBA players changing teams, some teams have been written about more depending on where they go.


The players most commonly written about are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant, all of whom have been part of teams mentioned above.


People Involved Primary Pairing Name Notes
Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Klephen The two were both drafted by the Golden State Warriors and have been a strong shooting backcourt since the 2010s, making five NBA Finals and winning three championships in 2015, 2017, and 2018. This is by far the most prominent Basketball RPF pairing on Archive of Our Own, boasting 119 fanworks as of May 2021.
Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook Both players were drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder (at the time known as the Seattle Supersonics) and had success in the early 2010s, making the NBA Finals in 2012. However, Kevin Durant left the team in 2016 to join the Golden State Warriors, leaving Westbrook behind. This had led to many fanworks focusing on Durant's "betrayal" and Westbrook's emotions following the event.
Stephen Curry/LeBron James StephBron LeBron James was on the Cleveland Cavaliers for much of the 2010s, where he appeared in four consecutive NBA Finals from 2015 to 2018. In all of those NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers were against the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry. This has caused people to see them as rivals.
DeMar DeRozan/Kyle Lowry DeLowry Both players spent the majority of their careers together on the Toronto Raptors. They enjoyed regular season success in the 2010s, though often fizzling out in the playoffs. In 2018, DeRozan was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, and the following season the Raptors had their first NBA championship.
Anthony Davis/LeBron James After multiple Finals appearances with the Cavaliers, LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of winning a championship. The year after missing the playoffs, the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, the disgruntled star for the New Orleans Pelicans. They won the 2020 NBA Championship in their first season together.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.