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This list includes the best NBA nicknames of current and retired NBA players. The top basketball players nicknames are on this list and the best thing is you can control who ranks highest on this list. This list includes nicknames for point guard, centers and shooters. "Air Jordan" may be the most famous of all the basketball nicknames, it almost might be the most cool basketball nickname, but is it the best? Vote for the best basketball nicknames of any era and add any good NBA players nicknames that may not have made it on the list. 

What are the best nicknames in basketball? There are funny nicknames for all players if you look hard enough. This includes nicknames for point guards and other types of players. Some of these nicknames are more memorable than others, but that's the way it goes right?
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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Julius Erving Small forward - Dr. J

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
David Robinson Center - The Admiral

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward - Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

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Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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Tyrone Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues "Muggsy"

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - greek freek  

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glen Davis Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards