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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1
2,573 748
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - Dr. J

2
2,760 635
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,814 680
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pistol Pete

4
2,004 638
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - The Dream

5
2,442 811
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

6
2,682 806
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

7
1,849 642
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
1,568 578
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Mailman

9
1,117 512
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

10
1,206 563
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

11
1,265 650
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

12
1,449 553
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

13
1,167 512
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - The Glove

14
808 285
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added Center - The Admiral

15
1,116 532
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

16
1,079 451
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
1,064 536
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Center - The Stilt

18
825 114
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

19
1,095 556
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
1,103 426
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Truth

21
980 510
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

22
1,420 660
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

23
844 335
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - White Chocolate

24
799 517
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward, Center - Birdman

25
930 445
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

26
692 330
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added "Mr. Clutch"

27
792 373
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Big Ticket

28
844 462
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

29
410 166
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

30
696 269
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - "Muggsy"

31
530 153
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added Shooting guard - The Beard

32
659 257
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - Spud

33
570 327
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

34
707 353
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
600 226
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

36
280 138
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Pearl

37
710 378
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

38
384 97
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

39
263 125
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - Tiny

40
527 283
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Doc"

41
681 565
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - The Durantula

42
271 99
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - The Jet

43
506 309
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

44
160 130
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Point guard - "Clyde"

45
388 293
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Small forward - Big Game James

46
225 69
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added Power forward - The White Mamba

47
434 264
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Power forward - The Reignman

48
241 143
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

49
284 176
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
275 194
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Center - "The Beast of the East"