The Best NBA Player Nicknames Ever

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Nicknames have been a part of sports since the beginning. Mostly terms of endearment, they usually focus in on a particular skill of a superior athlete. That’s what makes them so much fun. Especially in the NBA, where the talents are so diverse, the flair so extravagant, and the character of the greats so vastly different, the sport lends itself very well to the practice. Nicknames are a way for fans to express their admiration for some uniquely gifted athletes who set themselves apart so memorably, only an apt moniker can do them justice. Here are 25 of the best. So far…
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Dominique Wilkins

“The Human Highlight Reel”
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Isiah Thomas

“Zeke”
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Oscar Robertson

“The Big O”
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Dwyane Wade

“Flash”
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Earl Monroe

“The Pearl”
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Shaquille O’Neal

“Diesel”
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Jason Williams

“White Chocolate”
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Pete Maravich

“Pistol”
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Kevin Garnett

“The Big Ticket”
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Gary Payton

“The Glove”
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Shawn Kemp

“The Reignman”
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Tim Duncan

“The Big Fundamental”
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George Gervin

“The Iceman”
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Vince Carter

“Half Man/Half Amazing”
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Wilt Chamberlain

“The Stilt”
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Hakeem Olajuwon

“The Dream”
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Karl Malone

“The Mailman”
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Allen Iverson

“The Answer”
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Larry Bird

“Larry Legend”
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Charles Barkley

“Sir Charles”
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Kobe Bryant

“The Black Mamba”
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Michael Jordan

“Air Jordan”
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Julius Erving

“Dr. J”
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Earvin Johnson

“Magic”
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LeBron James

“King”
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