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The Best NBA Player Nicknames

Updated March 5, 2020 177.1k votes 15.3k voters 190.5k 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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  • Earvin Johnson1
    5,771
    1,147
    Magic
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Kobe Bryant2
    5,590
    1,444
    The Black Mamba
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  • Michael Jordan3
    5,127
    1,332
    Air Jordan
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  • Hakeem Olajuwon4
    4,270
    1,151
    The Dream
    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still...  more
  • Allen Iverson5
    4,055
    1,098
    The Answer
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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo6

    Greek Freak

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  • Shaquille O'Neal7
    Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle
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  • Karl Malone8
    3,341
    1,022
    The Mailman
    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Julius Erving9
    5,309
    1,726
    Dr. J
    Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is...  more
  • Tyrone Bogues10
    "Muggsy"
    Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player....  more

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  • Tracy McGrady11
    T-Mac
    Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Pete Maravich12
    3,913
    1,353
    Pistol Pete
    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was...  more
  • Jason Williams13
    White Chocolate
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  • Anfernee Hardaway14
    Penny
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  • Anthony Webb15
    1,405
    390
    Spud
    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • David Robinson16
    The Admiral
    David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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  • LeBron James17
    3,070
    1,058
    King James
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  • James Harden18
    1,710
    506
    The Beard
    James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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  • Larry Bird19
    2,301
    862
    Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick
    Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player,...  more
  • Paul Pierce20
    2,134
    794
    The Truth
    Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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  • Vince Carter21
    2,860
    1,088
    Vinsanity, Air Canada
    Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Gary Payton22
    2,318
    870
    The Glove
    Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Oscar Robertson23
    The Big O
    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired...  more
  • Kenny Smith24
    The Jet
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  • Kawhi Leonard25

    The Klaw

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