basketball The Best NBA Player Nicknames  

Kevin
Originally by
75.2k votes 6.8k voters 111.7k views 137 items

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?
list ordered by

1
2,282 636
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Julius Erving Small forward - Dr. J

2
2,419 575
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earvin Johnson Point guard, Power forward - Magic

3
1,596 562
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

4
1,766 555
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

5
2,378 722
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

6
2,109 716
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

7
1,604 555
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

8
944 428
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

9
1,372 518
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

10
1,075 490
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

11
1,106 573
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

12
1,268 487
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

13
1,025 452
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

14
963 466
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

15
684 232
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

16
1,007 475
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dominique Wilkins Small forward - The Human Highlight Film

17
930 409
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

18
972 493
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

19
970 378
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

20
860 449
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

21
611 91
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - Greek Freak

The Best Current NBA Centers

22
1,228 586
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

23
839 401
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

24
708 296
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

25
709 471
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

26
617 283
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

27
709 336
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

28
512 288
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

29
735 429
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

30
424 115
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

31
607 298
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

32
605 243
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues Point guard - "Muggsy"

33
330 139
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

34
581 237
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

35
237 107
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

The Best Actresses Working Today

36
224 96
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

37
652 348
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

38
520 216
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

39
301 79
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

40
481 251
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

41
633 510
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

42
215 77
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet

The Best BMX Vert Riders Of All Time

43
135 99
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

44
445 290
Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glen Davis Small forward, Power forward, Center - Big Baby

45
361 265
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

46
393 242
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

47
196 118
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

48
244 167
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Patrick Ewing Center - "The Beast of the East"

49
244 155
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"

50
133 104
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards