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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? Vote below, then head over and check out some of the best NFL player nicknames ever.

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Magic Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dr. J Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Black Mamba Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Dream Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still pronounced as) Akeem Olajuwon, is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. ...more

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#1,178 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #10 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Air Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the ...more

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Answer Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pistol Pete Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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#130 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #23 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Mailman Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the ...more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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Greek Freak

Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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#19 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #47 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vinsanity, Air Canada Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Glove Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the ...more

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#1,619 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #47 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #38 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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The Admiral
David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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#1,033 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
"Muggsy" Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in ...more

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#1,857 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #43 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #96 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
King James LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments ...more

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Truth Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for ...more

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#22 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #128 of 262 Celebrities Who Should Run for President #2 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde the Glide Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who is the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the ...more

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#666 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #18 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #48 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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"The Ice Man" George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and ...more

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#123 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #447 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
White Chocolate Jason Williams may refer to: SportspeopleJason Williams (American football) (born 1986), American football player Jason Williams (baseball) (born 1974), American baseball player Jason Williams ...more

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#148 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #33 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Human Highlight Film Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

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#562 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #11 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Flash Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the ...more

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
The Round Mound of Rebound Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA. Nicknamed Chuck, Sir Charles, Street Beef, and ...more

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Spud Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for ...more

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#38 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #95 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
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The Beard James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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