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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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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2,588 608
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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1,708 625
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

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1,894 599
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

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

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1,736 608
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

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1,042 472
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

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1,476 551
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

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1,154 524
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

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1,193 615
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

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1,365 527
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

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1,114 479
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

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750 259
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

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

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1,022 504
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

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1,010 432
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 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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1,047 524
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

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1,039 408
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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728 102
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

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925 485
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

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

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785 317
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

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889 425
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

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762 498
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

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656 311
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

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759 358
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

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382 154
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

The Biggest First Round NBA Draft Pick Busts

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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

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550 312
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

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632 248
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

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657 258
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

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483 141
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

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669 334
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 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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261 129
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

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683 365
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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564 221
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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342 90
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

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505 271
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

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661 538
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

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246 88
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

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

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

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414 256
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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226 130
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

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193 60
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
jimmycricket added Brian Scalabrine Power forward - The White Mamba

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266 167
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

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258 184
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"