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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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2,298 639
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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2,434 579
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,605 573
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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1,778 562
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

5
2,393 727
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

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2,130 721
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

7
1,615 565
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
953 435
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
1,384 523
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

10
1,082 496
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
1,116 579
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
1,282 492
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
1,035 457
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

14
972 470
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

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1,017 479
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

16
692 236
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

17
983 496
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

18
939 413
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward - Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick

19
979 383
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

20
870 454
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

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627 92
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

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1,240 593
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

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850 403
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

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720 298
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

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716 478
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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625 288
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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718 339
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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520 291
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

The Biggest First Round NBA Draft Pick Busts

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340 140
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
745 434
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

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616 303
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 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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432 120
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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612 246
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

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589 240
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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240 109
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

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227 98
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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654 351
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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529 216
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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310 79
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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482 254
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

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638 513
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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218 78
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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137 101
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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448 292
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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363 266
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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393 244
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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201 118
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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246 169
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

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246 158
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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135 106
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards