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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2,585 756
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - Dr. J

2
2,777 636
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,827 681
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pistol Pete

4
2,012 645
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - The Dream

5
2,697 807
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

6
2,454 816
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

7
1,857 646
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
1,130 513
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

9
1,577 582
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Mailman

10
1,212 567
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

11
1,272 656
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

12
1,457 556
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

13
1,174 513
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - The Glove

14
816 287
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added Center - The Admiral

15
1,122 535
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

16
1,084 455
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick

17
1,069 539
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - The Stilt

18
832 116
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

19
1,103 558
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

20
1,108 429
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Truth

21
986 513
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

22
1,428 666
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

23
851 337
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - White Chocolate

24
805 519
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward, Center - Birdman

25
935 449
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

26
694 334
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added "Mr. Clutch"

27
795 376
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Big Ticket

28
850 463
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

29
413 168
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

30
700 270
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - "Muggsy"

31
663 258
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - Spud

32
574 328
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

33
532 158
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added Shooting guard - The Beard

34
714 354
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

35
603 227
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

36
283 139
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Pearl

37
712 380
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

38
265 127
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - Tiny

39
386 99
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

40
529 285
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Doc"

41
683 568
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Durantula

42
273 101
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - The Jet

43
510 310
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

44
160 132
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - "Clyde"

45
390 294
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - Big Game James

46
231 70
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added Power forward - The White Mamba

47
435 266
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Reignman

48
241 146
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

49
286 177
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

50
275 196
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Center - "The Beast of the East"