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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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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dr. J Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes ...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. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more

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#24 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #64 of 113 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pistol Pete Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Black Mamba Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978), often known mononymously as Kobe, is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Air Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Dream Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still pronounced as) Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. ...more

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde the Glide Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who is the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the ...more

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#188 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Answer Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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#1,341 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #24 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"The Ice Man" George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and ...more

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Mailman Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 ...more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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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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#40 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #9 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time #2 of 81 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Stilt Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for ...more

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Flash Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the ...more

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#1,621 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #34 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #166 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Round Mound of Rebound Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA. Nicknamed Chuck, Sir Charles, Street Beef, and ...more

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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The Admiral
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Glove Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the ...more

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#735 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,455 of 2,831 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for ...more

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#56 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Birdman Christopher Claus Andersen (born July 7, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for Power In The Big 3 League. Nicknamed "Birdman", Andersen was born in Long Beach, ...more

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#664 of 847 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #117 of 291 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #82 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Human Highlight Film Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Muggsy" Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in ...more

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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
White Chocolate Jason Williams may refer to: SportspeopleJason Williams (American football) (born 1986), American football player Jason Williams (baseball) (born 1974), American baseball player Jason Williams ...more

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Big O Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. ...more

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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
AK-47 Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981) is a Russian basketball executive and retired professional basketball player, currently the ...more

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