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Allen Iverson
   has the nickname   
A.I.
Used to be known as 'The Answer' but has reverted to using his initials.
Andrei Kirilenko
   has the nickname   
AK - 47
Charles Barkley
   has the nickname   
Round Mound of Rebound
Named for his unusual build and talent as a player
Charles Barkley
   has the nickname   
Sir Charles
Chris Paul
   has the nickname   
CP3
Clyde Drexler
   has the nickname   
Glyde
Darryl Dawkins
   has the nickname   
Chocolate Thunder
Dawkins gave himself a large number of nicknames including “Double D,” “Sir Slam” and “Master of Disaster.” He claimed to be an alien from the planet Lovetron. He broke two backboards in the 1979-80 season: one on November 13, 1979 (which he called "The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Glass-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Babies-Crying, Glass-Still-Flying, Cats-Crying, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Thank You-Wham-Bam-I-Am-Jam") and a 2nd backboard 23 days later in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.
David Gaines
   has the nickname   
Smokey
David “Smokey” Gaines travelled the world from 1963-1967 as a standout guard with the Harlem Globetrotters.
David Robinson
   has the nickname   
The Admiral
Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral"based on his prior service as an officer in the United States Navy, although his actual rank was Lieutenant, Junior Grade . He along with power-forward Tim Duncan, were nicknamed the "The Twin Towers".
Dennis Rodman
   has the nickname   
Worm
Given the nickname Worm because of the twisty manner he has of working a pinball machine - and because it is also applicable to the way he maneuvers around the basket. Also known as 'Denis the Menace', 'Rodzilla', 'D-Rod', 'Rod the Bod' and 'The Red Mound of Rebound'. Known for his eccentric and attention-hunting behavior, especially his habit of changing hair colours weekly or daily.
Dominique Wilkins
   has the nickname   
Human Highlight Film
Named for his incredible athletic ability and highlight reel dunks. His trademark dunk was a powerful one- or two-handed windmill, dunks he used to capture the Slam Dunk titles in 1985 and 1990.
Dominique Wilkins
   has the nickname   
'Nique
Was also known as the " Human Highlight Film "
Dwight Howard
   has the nickname   
Superman
Dwyane Wade
   has the nickname   
Flash
The nickname was given to him by Shaquille O'Neal who would sing, "He's the greatest in the Universe," in reference to the Queen song of the same name from the 1980 film 'Flash Gordon'. Also known as D-Wade.
Earl Monroe
   has the nickname   
The Pearl
Earvin Johnson
   has the nickname   
Magic
Fred Neal
   has the nickname   
Curly
Fred Neal's instantly recognizable shaved head earned him the nickname of Curly, which was also said to be a reference to the Three Stooges' Curly Howard. Neal was one of the most popular players on the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.
Gary Payton
   has the nickname   
Glove
His nickname "The Glove" caught on in 1993 when his cousin phoned him during the week of the Western Conference Finals against Phoenix and told him “You’re holding Kevin Johnson like a baseball in a glove”
George Mikan
   has the nickname   
Mr. Basketball
Hakeem Olajuwon
   has the nickname   
Dream
Hubert Ausbie
   has the nickname   
Clown Prince of Basketball
Earned for his dazzling playing and irrepressible pranks on the court.
Hubert Ausbie
   has the nickname   
Geese
Ausbie had been called “Goose” since childhood, but his nickname was changed to “Geese” when he joined the Globetrotters because they had another “Goose” - Reece “Goose” Tatum.
Jerry West
   has the nickname   
Mr. Clutch
His nicknames included "Mr. Clutch" for his ability to make a shot in a clutch situation, and "Zeke from Cabin Creek" after the Cabin Creek river near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia
John Havlicek
   has the nickname   
Hondo
The nickname was inspired by the John Wayne movie of the same name.
John Kline
   has the nickname   
Jumpin' Johnny
Julius Erving
   has the nickname   
Dr. J
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
   has the nickname   
Cap
Karl Malone
   has the nickname   
Mailman
Nicknamed The Mailman because "he delivered"
Kenyon Martin
   has the nickname   
K-Mart
Kevin Garnett
   has the nickname   
Big Ticket
Also known as "KG", "The Kid", D Kid, and formerly "The Franchise" (after being known as the Minnesota Timberwolves' franchise player).
Larry Bird
   has the nickname   
Larry Legend
The Hall-of-Famer won 3 NBA Championships, 3 NBA MVP's, and was voted one of the Top 50 NBA players of All Time!
Larry Johnson
   has the nickname   
L. J.
Larry Nance
   has the nickname   
Leapin Larry
Lebron James
   has the nickname   
King James
Lou Dunbar
   has the nickname   
Sweet
Michael Jordan
   has the nickname   
His Airness
His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line at Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness."
Mitch Richmond
   has the nickname   
The Rock
Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond & Chris Mullins were also collectively known as TMC for Tim, Mitch & Chris.
Oscar Robertson
   has the nickname   
Big O
Pete Maravich
   has the nickname   
Pistol Pete
Reece Tatum
   has the nickname   
Goose
Robert Parish
   has the nickname   
Chief
His nickname was "The Chief", after the mute Native American in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. According to Parish, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave Parish this nickname because of his stoic nature.
Shaquille O'Neal
   has the nickname   
Big Aristotle
O'Neal siad "I'd like to be known as 'the Big Aristotle.' It was Aristotle who said excellence is not a singular act, but a habit." His nicknames include "The Diesel", "The Big Daddy", "Superman", "The Big Cactus", "Wilt Chamberneezy", "The Big Baryshnikov", "The Real Deal", and (after recently gaining an MBA degree) "Dr. Shaq".
Shaquille O'Neal
   has the nickname   
Diesel
Also 'The Big Diesel' - refers to the way Shaq plays basketball - like a big and powerful engine.
Shaquille O'Neal
   has the nickname   
Shaq
Shaquille O'Neal
   has the nickname   
Shaq Fu
Shawn Kemp
   has the nickname   
Rainman
Varying reasons are given for this nickname. Some say he picked up the nickname "Reign Man" after Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro saw a poster with the name and found it fitting to add to his radio broadcasts. Conflicting accounts attribute this to his love of the Seattle weather as a rookie, as well as his appreciation of the Dustin Hoffman movie "Rain Man.
Stacey Augmon
   has the nickname   
Plastic Man
He gained the nickname due to his athletic ability to "stretch," as can the DC Comics superhero of the same name.
Vinnie Johnson
   has the nickname   
Microwave
Johnson earned the nickname "the Microwave" from Boston Celtics guard Danny Ainge for his ability to score many points in a short period of time
Wayne Rollins
   has the nickname   
Tree
Named for his 7ft height. During his playing career, Rollins was given the nickname "The Intimidator".
Wilt Chamberlain
   has the nickname   
Stilt
Yao Ming
   has the nickname   
Chairman


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