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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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1,518 337
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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1,558 396
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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1,012 316
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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1,154 348
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

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1,604 443
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

6
560 202
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

7
735 287
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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1,196 502
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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1,009 374
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

10
926 374
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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708 301
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

12
405 99
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

13
716 400
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

14
691 315
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

15
743 336
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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841 350
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

17
698 362
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

18
618 283
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

19
626 276
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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444 175
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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534 318
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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380 180
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

23
603 294
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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520 351
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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501 263
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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546 327
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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703 434
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

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190 68
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

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441 231
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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507 279
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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435 204
Tyrone Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues "Muggsy"

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135 54
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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411 195
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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513 376
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

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129 49
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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377 211
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

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269 167
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

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367 185
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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184 39
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - greek freek  

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165 56
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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299 217
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

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74 57
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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349 250
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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318 198
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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135 47
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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175 116
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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78 60
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards

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170 126
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

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188 116
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Robert Parish Center - "The Chief"

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98 46
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet