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The Best NBA Player Nicknames

Updated March 5, 2020 170.7k votes 15.3k voters 191.0k 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
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    1,104
    Magic
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  • Kobe Bryant2
    5,375
    1,390
    The Black Mamba
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  • Michael Jordan3
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    1,280
    Air Jordan
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  • Hakeem Olajuwon4
    4,100
    1,111
    The Dream
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  • Allen Iverson5
    3,892
    1,064
    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
    3,204
    985
    The Mailman
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  • Julius Erving9
    5,102
    1,657
    Dr. J
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  • Pete Maravich10
    3,763
    1,295
    Pistol Pete
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  • Tyrone Bogues11
    "Muggsy"
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  • Tracy McGrady12
    T-Mac
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  • Anfernee Hardaway13
    Penny
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  • Jason Williams14
    White Chocolate
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  • Anthony Webb15
    1,357
    379
    Spud
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  • David Robinson16
    The Admiral
    David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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  • LeBron James17
    2,943
    1,026
    King James
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  • Vince Carter18
    2,755
    1,042
    Vinsanity, Air Canada
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  • Gary Payton19
    2,225
    843
    The Glove
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  • James Harden20
    1,643
    492
    The Beard
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  • Larry Bird21
    2,214
    830
    Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick
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  • Paul Pierce22
    2,046
    772
    The Truth
    Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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  • Oscar Robertson23
    The Big O
    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired...  more

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  • Kenny Smith24
    The Jet
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  • Andrei Kirilenko25
    AK-47
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