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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2,362 656
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Julius Erving Small forward - Dr. J

2
2,497 592
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,647 597
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

4
1,824 579
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

5
2,201 739
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

6
2,449 748
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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1,674 582
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
991 450
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
1,422 531
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

10
1,112 505
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
1,147 595
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
1,317 507
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
1,064 469
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

14
992 485
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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719 246
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

16
1,040 491
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

17
970 420
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
1,013 508
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

19
1,002 393
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

20
671 96
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

21
896 467
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

The Best Current NBA Centers

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1,268 610
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
750 304
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

24
872 409
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

25
733 489
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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639 299
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

27
736 347
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

28
532 300
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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356 146
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

30
646 313
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

31
632 248
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

32
764 443
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

33
609 242
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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454 130
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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250 118
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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237 105
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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671 356
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

38
546 217
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

39
329 84
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

40
495 263
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

41
649 527
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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232 84
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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146 109
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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464 299
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glen Davis Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

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371 272
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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214 123
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

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400 253
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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256 161
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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254 174
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

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175 55
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added Brian Scalabrine Power forward - The White Mamba