Basketball The Best NBA Player Nicknames  

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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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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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2,697 627
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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1,786 658
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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1,964 625
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

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2,401 794
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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2,637 795
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

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1,810 630
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

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1,092 500
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

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1,533 569
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

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1,186 548
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

11
1,244 636
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
1,425 542
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
1,150 501
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

14
789 275
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

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1,102 520
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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1,052 522
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

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1,057 441
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward - Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick

18
793 107
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

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1,077 544
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

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1,079 421
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

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961 501
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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1,397 647
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

23
820 331
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

24
918 437
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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786 508
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

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682 321
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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781 367
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

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400 163
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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823 459
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

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686 264
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

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651 253
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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565 321
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

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515 149
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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697 349
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 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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261 118
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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274 135
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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589 224
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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702 372
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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370 94
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

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519 277
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

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678 553
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

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261 96
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

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494 308
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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156 126
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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386 288
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

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427 261
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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239 139
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

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214 66
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added Brian Scalabrine Power forward - The White Mamba

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276 172
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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272 190
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"