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The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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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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    Earvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward Magic

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    Shooting guard, Small forward Air Jordan

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    Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Julius Erving Small forward Dr. J

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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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    Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman The Black Mamba

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    Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Karl Malone Power forward The Mailman

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    Shooting guard, Small forward Vinsanity, Air Canada

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    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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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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    Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Dominique Wilkins Small forward The Human Highlight Film

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    Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Gary Payton Point guard The Glove

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    Small forward, Power forward The Round Mound of Rebound

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    Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Shaquille O'Neal Center Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

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    Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward Clyde the Glide

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    Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Wilt Chamberlain Center The Stilt

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    Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Chris Andersen Power forward, Center Birdman

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    Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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    Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward AK-47

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    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard Flash

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    George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    George Gervin Shooting guard "The Ice Man"

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    Center The Admiral

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    Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 22 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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    Small forward The Truth

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    Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Tim Duncan Power forward, Center The Big Fundamental

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    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Kevin Durant Small forward The Durantula

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    Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Kevin Garnett Power forward The Big Ticket

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    Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward The Worm

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    Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Darryl Dawkins Center "Chocolate Thunder"

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    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Jason Williams Point guard White Chocolate

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    Anthony Webb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Anthony Webb Point guard Spud

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    "Muggsy"

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    "Doc"

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    Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Glen Davis Small forward, Power forward, Center Big Baby

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    Power forward The Reignman

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    Anfernee Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard Penny

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    James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    James Worthy Small forward Big Game James

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    Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

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    Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Richard Hamilton Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward Rip

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    Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard The Big O

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    Small forward, Power forward The Matrix

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    Point guard Hair Canada

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    Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Nate Robinson Point guard KryptoNate

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    Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Larry Johnson Power forward Grandmama

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Cap

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    Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Stephon Marbury Point guard, Shooting guard Starbury

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    Shooting guard The Microwave

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    Power forward, Center Superman

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    Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Gilbert Arenas Point guard, Shooting guard The Hibachi, Agent Zero

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    Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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    Earl Monroe The Pearl

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