The Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets have graced us with nickname jerseys, but that's not enough.
I want more.
There's no telling whether or not the NBA has generated enough revenue from this adventure to justify expanding it to all 30 teams, but let's pretend that it has. If every squad in the Association was able to throw nicknames on the back of its jerseys, which ones would you be most excited to go out and buy?
Now, there are a couple of things worth going over before we proceed:
- The Nets and Heat are not eligible, otherwise "King James," "AK-47," "The Truth," "The Big Ticket," "Birdman" and "Jesus Shuttlesworth" would certainly draw consideration. Hmm...maybe that's why the NBA chose these two teams.
- Generic name-based monikers aren't going to make it. Sorry to "Iggy," "KD," "CP3" (even though there's a decent story behind it), "J-Rich" and all the others in a similar vein.
- Unfortunately, we have to think about copyright restrictions, as that's what prevented Shane Battier from wearing "Batman" on his jersey. Unfortunately, that means that "Superman" and "The Matrix" are out of the equation.
- The nickname must also be widely known. While it's great that Joe Johnson can be referred to as "Armadillo Cowboy," that's not something that most people are aware of.
Don't worry, because there are still plenty of great monikers to choose from.
I'd encourage you to remember that this is a subjective article, and the following 10 slides showcase my opinion and only my opinion. We're bound to disagree on some, so please leave your own personal favorites in the comment section.