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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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1,547 344
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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1,589 401
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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1,033 324
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Pete Maravich Pistol Pete

4
1,172 353
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - The Dream

5
1,626 448
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward - Air Jordan

6
576 208
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added George Gervin Shooting guard - "The Ice Man"

7
747 293
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Clyde Drexler Shooting guard, Small forward - Clyde the Glide

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1,224 506
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kobe Bryant Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman - The Black Mamba

9
1,024 378
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Answer

10
943 379
Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Karl Malone Power forward - The Mailman

11
718 305
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Gary Payton Point guard - The Glove

12
724 409
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Vince Carter Shooting guard, Small forward - Vinsanity, Air Canada

13
698 322
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Wilt Chamberlain Center - The Stilt

14
414 107
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LPKCYou added David Robinson Center - The Admiral

15
755 339
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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854 355
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shaquille O'Neal Center - Diesel, Superman, Big Aristotle

17
704 368
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Charles Barkley Small forward, Power forward - The Round Mound of Rebound

18
623 289
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward - Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick

19
643 280
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Paul Pierce Small forward - The Truth

20
453 179
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Jerry West "Mr. Clutch"

21
545 324
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dwyane Wade Point guard, Shooting guard - Flash

22
535 353
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Chris Andersen Power forward, Center - Birdman

23
387 183
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
wiabux added Darryl Dawkins Center - "Chocolate Thunder"

24
610 300
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - The Big Fundamental

25
513 265
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Garnett Power forward - The Big Ticket

26
556 331
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - AK-47

27
455 233
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Jason Williams Point guard - White Chocolate

28
722 439
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - King James

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195 71
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - The Big O

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510 283
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - The Worm

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439 207
Tyrone Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tyrone Bogues "Muggsy"

32
414 197
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anthony Webb Point guard - Spud

33
137 58
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Earl Monroe The Pearl

34
519 382
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kevin Durant Small forward - The Durantula

35
132 52
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Nate Archibald Point guard - Tiny

36
281 169
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
alisha williams added Stephen Curry Point guard, Shooting guard - Baby Faced Assassin, Chef Curry

37
381 214
Glenn Rivers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Glenn Rivers "Doc"

38
195 40
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
mandyclark25 added Giannis Antetokounmpo Small forward, Point forward - greek freek  

39
370 189
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Anfernee Hardaway Point guard, Shooting guard - Penny

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174 56
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
NinushanAmirthilagam1 added James Harden Shooting guard - The Beard

41
299 220
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
James Worthy Small forward - Big Game James

42
76 59
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Walt Frazier Point guard - "Clyde"

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353 251
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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320 200
Shawn Kemp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Shawn Kemp Power forward - The Reignman

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140 47
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Tracy McGrady Shooting guard, Small forward - T-Mac

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81 62
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Moses Malone Power forward, Center - Chairman of the Boards

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177 117
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
tbb911 added Robert Horry Small forward, Power forward - "Big Shot Bob"

48
172 127
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"

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108 72
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Ray Allen Shooting guard - Jesus Shuttlesworth

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100 48
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Player Nicknames
Kenny Smith Point guard - The Jet