Names 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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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"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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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde the Glide Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide," he was a ten-time All-Star during his career, and named ...more
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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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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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1,454 668
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 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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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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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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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 25 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