Basketball 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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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dr. J Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ...more

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Magic Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pistol Pete Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Dream Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Black Mamba Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Air Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added "The Ice Man" George "The Iceman" Gervin is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the ...more

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Answer Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played both the point ...more

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Mailman Karl Anthony Malone, nicknamed "The Mailman" is a retired American professional basketball power forward. He spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the ...more

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde the Glide Clyde Drexler is the father of Adam Drexler.

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vinsanity, Air Canada Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more

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1,299 546
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Glove Gary Dwayne Payton is an American former professional basketball point guard. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, ...more

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added The Admiral
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Stilt Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Human Highlight Film Jacques Dominique Wilkins is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more

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1,032 138
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added

Greek Freak

Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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1,216 587
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Round Mound of Rebound Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and ...more

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1,216 463
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 20 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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1,080 554
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Flash Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
White Chocolate Jason Chandler Williams is an American retired basketball player who was a point guard in the National Basketball Association for twelve seasons during the late 1990s and 2000s. A native of West ...more

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Birdman Christopher Claus "Chris" Andersen is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed Birdman, ...more

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added "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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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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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Big O Oscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is a retired American National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6 ft 5 in, 220 ...more

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Muggsy" Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team. The shortest ...more

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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added "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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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added 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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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tiny Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City - Omaha ...more

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 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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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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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Durantula Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 9 in and weighing 240 pounds, ...more

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Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Big Baby Ronald Glen Davis is an American professional basketball power forward who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of National Basketball Association. Formerly a college basketball player ...more

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added

The White Mamba

Brian David Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Raised in ...more

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Big Game James James Ager Worthy is a retired American professional basketball player and current basketball commentator, television host, and analyst. Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, ...more

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Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Reignman Shawn Travis Kemp is a retired American professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA ...more

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added "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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Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added "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