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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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    most listed
    Point guard, Power forward Magic

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    Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames


    Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward Air Jordan

  3. 3
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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

  5. 5
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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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    the people's #1 & often listed
    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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    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

  11. 11
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    Point guard The Glove

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    Small forward, Power forward The Round Mound of Rebound

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    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

  15. 15
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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Power forward, Center Birdman

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

    added by wiabux
    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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    often listed
    Point guard, Shooting guard Flash

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    Shooting guard "The Ice Man"

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    ranked low on reranks & added by LPKCYou
    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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    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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    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

    added by wiabux
    Darryl Dawkins Center "Chocolate Thunder"

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    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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    added by alisha williams
    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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    Point guard, Shooting guard The Big O

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    Small forward, Power forward The Matrix

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    often listed
    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

    ranked low on reranks
    Earl Monroe The Pearl

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