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List Rules Please rank the players only on their nicknames

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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2,148 569
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Julius Erving Small forward - Dr. J

2
2,280 528
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,489 503
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

4
1,661 493
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

5
2,234 652
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

6
1,949 662
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

7
1,498 504
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
871 384
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

9
1,006 450
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

10
1,285 487
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

11
1,042 530
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

12
1,200 456
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

13
974 421
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

14
636 205
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

15
967 448
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

16
907 443
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

17
929 467
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
879 382
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
907 363
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

20
810 418
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

21
529 76
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

The Best Current NBA Centers

22
806 378
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

23
1,123 558
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

24
672 454
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

25
587 273
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

26
657 286
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

27
674 323
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

28
486 273
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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548 265
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

30
696 412
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

31
309 127
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

32
377 95
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

33
566 236
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

34
547 230
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

35
223 97
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

The Best Overall Books for Kids

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628 335
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

37
206 91
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

38
489 211
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

39
621 478
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

40
463 244
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

41
270 73
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

42
127 92
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

Who Do You Think Will Win Super Bowl LIII?

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198 70
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

44
350 256
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

45
430 282
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glen Davis Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

46
380 234
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

47
233 159
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

48
177 109
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

49
125 95
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards

50
232 146
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"