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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? Vote below, then head over and check out some of the best NFL player nicknames ever.

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Pearl Vernon Earl Monroe is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball ...more
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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A ...more
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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
AK-47 Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko is a Russian professional basketball player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional ...more
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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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The Beard James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Truth Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Pierce was a high school McDonald's ...more
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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Clyde" Walter "Clyde" Frazier is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the franchise's only two ...more
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Big Fundamental Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. The ...more
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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"Chocolate Thunder" Darryl Dawkins is a retired American professional basketball player, most noted for his days with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets, although he also played briefly for the ...more
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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Spud Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more
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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Big Ticket Kevin Garnett was born in May 19, 1976 in Maulding, SC. He's a professional basket player for the NBA's Boston Celtics Team. His career began when he was drafted (5th Draft) by the Minnesota ...more
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
King James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Worm Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the ...more
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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Penny Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, specializing as an unconventionally tall point ...more
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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"Mr. Clutch" Jerry Alan West is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. His nicknames include ...more
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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Skywalker David O'Neil Thompson is a former American professional basketball star with the Denver Nuggets of both the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, as well as the ...more
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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Jet Kenneth "Kenny" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and went on to become a TV basketball analyst, primarily ...more
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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
T-Mac Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, and a ...more
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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Doc" Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...more
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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chairman of the Boards Moses Eugene Malone is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who starred in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA MVP ...more
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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"The Chief" Robert Lee Parish is a retired American basketball center. He was known for his strong defense and jump shooting, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish was also ...more
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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"Big Shot Bob" Robert Keith Horry Jr. is a retired American basketball player and current sports commentator. He played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association, winning seven championships, the most ...more
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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Durantula Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more
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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"The Beast of the East" Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Sr. is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBA's New York Knicks as their starting center and played briefly ...more
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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jesus Shuttlesworth Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami ...more
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Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
KryptoNate Nathaniel Cornelius "Nate" Robinson is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Born in Seattle, ...more