Basketball Nicknames | Top 50 NBA Basketball Nicknames Ever

As with any sport, nicknames provide entertainment to fans.  Basketball nicknames might be the most prominent in professional sports.  These NBA player nicknames can stick and actually become the athletes common name. For instance, Ervin Johnson.  Some might even ask, who’s that?  That’s Magic. 

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Below is a list of my top 50 NBA basketball nicknames ever.

Pro Basketball Nicknames (By Decade)


Basketball Nicknames 1950′s

1.  Wilt the Stilt – Wilt Chamberlain 1959-1973

Basketball Nicknames 1960′s

1.  Big O – Oscar Robertson 1960-1974
2.  The Captain – Kareem Abdul Jabbar 1969-1989
3.  Mr. Clutch – Jerry West 1960-1974

Basketball Nicknames 1970′s

1.  Dr. J – Julius Erving 1971-1987
2.  The Pistol – Pete Maravich 1970-1980  

3.  Microwave - Vinnie Johnson 1979-1992 Some fans might not remember the Microwave.  He played on the Detroit Pistons during the 1980′s “bad boy” teams
4.  Magic – Ervin Johnson 1979-1991, 1996
5.  Iceman – George Gervin 1972-1990
6.  Chief – Robert Parish – 1976-1997
7.  Larry Legend – Larry Bird 1979-1992
8.  Chairman of the Boards – Moses Malone 1974-1995
9.  Chocolate Thunder - Darryl Dawkins 1975-2000.  My personal favorite basketball nickname.  Darryl Dawkins was a NBA character who, twice, broke the backboard on dunks.

Basketball Nicknames 1980′s

1.  Clyde the Glide – Clyde Drexler 1983-1998
2.  The Dream - Hakeem Olajuwon 1984-2002
3.  The Admiral – David Robinson 1989-2003
4.  The Croation Sensation – Toni Kukoc 1985-2006
5.  Zeke – Isiah Thomas 1981-1994
6.  Big Game James – Jame Worthy 1982-1994
7.  Round Mound of Rebound – Charles Barkley 1984-2000
8.  Worm – Dennis Rodman  1986-2006
9.  His Airness – Michael Jordan 1984-2003
10.  Human Highlight Film – Dominique Wilkins 1982-1999
11.  Mailman – Karl Malone 1985-2004
12.  Thunder Dan – Dan Marjele 1988-2002
13.  Rambo – Kurt Rambis 1980-1995
14.  Reignman – Shawn Kemp 1989-2003

Basketball Nicknames 1990′s

1.  Parisian Torpedo – Tony Parker 1999-present
2.  The Diesel – Shaquille O’Neal 1992-2011
3.  The Truth – Paul Pierce 1998-present
4.  K.G. – Kevin Garnett 1995-present
5.  JET – Jason Terry 1999-present
6.  Black Mamba – Kobe Bryant 1996-present
7.  Big Sleep – Tracy McGrady 1997-2013
8.  Birdman – Chris Andersen 1999-present
9.  Big Fundamental – Tim Duncan 1997-present
10.  The Answer – Allen Iverson 1996-2011
11.  The Glove – Gary Payton 1990-2007
12.  Air Canada – Vince Carter 1998-present
13.  Geno -  Manu Ginóbili 1995-present

Basketball Nicknames 2000′s

1.  Poster Child – Blake Griffin 2009- present.  Due to his posterizing dunks on his opponents.


2.  King James – Lebron James 2003-present
3.  Flash – Dwayne Wade 2003-present  
4.  CP3 – Chris Paul 2005-present
5.  Kevin – Kevin Durant.  Yep so far it’s just Kevin. 2007-present
6.  The Great Wall – Yao Ming 2002-2011
7.  Superman – Dwight Howard 2004-present
8.  Swag – Rajon Rondo 2006-present
9.  Melo – Carmelo Anthony 2003-present
10.  CB4 – Chris Bosh 2003-present

Some of these basketball nicknames might refresh your memories.  For sure, I remember “The Human Highlight Film” Dominique Wilkins  versus “His Airness” Michael Jordan in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest.  You can check out the exciting finish here:

 

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