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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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1,643 370
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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1,701 421
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

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1,106 348
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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1,246 375
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

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1,728 471
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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615 237
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

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1,341 532
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

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789 321
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

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1,088 389
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

10
997 394
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

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762 321
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

12
765 428
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

13
735 338
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

14
788 357
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

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447 124
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

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908 366
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

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735 387
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
667 303
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

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677 292
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

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576 342
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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470 198
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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557 370
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

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641 313
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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403 200
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

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542 276
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

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776 456
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

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577 348
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

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486 244
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

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213 78
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

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437 201
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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528 293
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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456 214
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

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331 178
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 33 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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239 42
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

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144 60
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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144 67
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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538 401
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

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392 216
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

39
203 59
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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388 190
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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303 223
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

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161 47
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

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82 62
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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367 252
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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331 203
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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185 119
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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86 65
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards

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180 128
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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113 49
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

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118 75
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth