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The Best NBA Player Nicknames

Updated March 5, 2020 167.1k votes 15.4k voters 191.8k views140 items

List RulesPlease 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? Vote below, then head over and check out some of the best NFL player nicknames ever.

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    Magic
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Air Jordan
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    The Black Mamba
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    The Dream
    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still...  more

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    #1053 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#4 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    The Answer
    Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former...  more

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    Greek Freak

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    The Mailman
    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Dr. J
    Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is...  more

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    Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle
    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired...  more

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    Pistol Pete
    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was...  more

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    "Muggsy"
    Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player....  more
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    T-Mac
    Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    White Chocolate
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    #39 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#28 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

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    Spud
    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Penny
    Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach...  more

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    #44 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#1 of 46 The Greatest Memphis Basketball Players of All Time

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    The Admiral
    David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #9 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#12 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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    Vinsanity, Air Canada
    Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. (born January 26, 1977) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #1 of 26 The Best Dunkers In NBA History#63 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    King James
    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    The Beard
    James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    The Glove
    Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #11 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#449 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

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    Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick
    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,...  more

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    #36 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans#4 of 20 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

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    The Big O
    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired...  more

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    #3 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#1 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s

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    The Truth
    Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    AK-47
    Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981)...  more

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    #35 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#37 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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    The Jet
    Kenny "the Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former...  more

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    #24 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#8 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes