Brian "The Custodian" Cardinal, LeBron "King" James and Kobe "The Black Mamba" Bryant are some of the league's most recognizable nicknames. But are they the best?
There are a lot of great monikers in the NBA and some aren't that well known. From the highly publicized to the obscure, here are the top 50 nicknames currently in the league...
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I know he hasn't really earned the nickname, but it's pretty clever, right?
Paul Pierce's ridiculous acting in the 2008 NBA Finals was the furthest thing from "The Truth," but plenty of people still dig this moniker.
Since he dubbed himself "The Machine", this nickname doesn't carry a ton of weight.
Barbosa is one of the fastest players in the league and he's from Brazil.
I feel like a better nickname has to be comin' around the bend for Durant soon.
Frankly, I think it's one of the corniest nicknames we've ever seen. This name would be perfect for a member of White Goodman's Purple Cobras.
"Il Mago" means "The Magician." If Bargnani could magically improve his rebounding, he'd be one of the league's best big men.
Here is another self-appointed nickname. It's supposed to be a credit to Frye's all-around game, but he seems to be something of a one-trick pony in Phoenix (those threes).
"Big Baby" is notorious for his outrageous and bizarre facial expressions.
Will "Rip" Hamilton be able to revive his career outside of Detroit? He has to be one of the first guys traded after the lockout, right?
Z-Bo and the Grizzlies are on the rise. If everyone stays healthy, they could definitely win a first-round series next year.
Childhood nicknames generally aren't basketball related, but when a moniker essentially takes the place of the given name, it deserves some credit.
Joe "Cool" is the man in Atlanta. Next year, they could use a little less cool and a little more edge out of their best player.
Wade said he didn't want to be called "Flash" anymore, but his reason is stupid and we shouldn't honor it.
It's not technically a nickname, just a character the man portrayed.
Actually, "Gallo" sounds cooler but that Spanish word translates to "Rooster" in English.
Best coach nickname in the league? Now that Phil "The Zen Master" Jackson has retired, this honor may be Doc's.
He's from Canada and his hair is a big deal from time to time.
In his prime, Duncan's top-notch fundamentals led the Spurs to four championships.
Chris Kaman really needs to bring those locks back.
I don't know if he's ever been the captain of an NBA team, but this nickname was inevitable either way.
This name really seems to fit Beasley's smooth game and hip-hop style.
Chauncey has hit tons of big shots in his career, and plenty of them led to a title in '04.
Kevin Garnett was, without a doubt, the biggest reason people bought tickets to T'Wolves games for years.
I'm hoping the Mavs bring "Tough Juice" back. With him, Rodrigue Beaubois, Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood coming off the bench, Dallas will be favorites to win it all again.
Iverson came into the league surrounded by a ton of hype.
He played as hard as anyone I've ever seen, but his me-first attitude never proved to be a good "Answer" for any of the teams he played for.
His game is pretty smooth. So much so that the nicknaming powers that be replaced the "th" with a "ve."
My sister and my wife don't think they look good together. I, for one, just find them adorable (that was the worst humor I've ever attempted on Bleacher Report).
This dude's action helps him get off a lot of shots.
He's faded a little bit over the last couple years, but there was a time when his game was about as sweet as anyone's. He has the contract to prove it.
I love Marion, but his jump shot could only go in if some sort of alternate existence was involved.
I don't think anyone gave him a good enough chance to fire off that ammo.
Will the Mavs bring "The Custodian" back for some more down and dirty duty?
Prepare to hear announcers scream "Jimmer" after several treys a game.
It blows my mind that the Suns never made Gortat the permanent starter over Robin Lopez.
If people used this nickname more, Manu would really annoy me less.
Roy's injury problems are a real shame. His game looked so smooth and effortless before.
He earned his nickname by donning green and leaping over Dwight "Superman" Howard.
I don't know if his nickname has anything to do with this video-game character, but it should.
The nickname itself is pretty cool. The way Andersen flaunts it is not.
Carter has had a few nicknames in his career. He's been known as "Half-Man, Half-Amazing" and "Air Canada," but "Vinsanity" is his best.
There aren't many nicknames that seem to fit the player quite as well as Jason Williams' "White Chocolate."
Or is his name Metta World Peace?
A lot of people say that Arenas' nickname is representative of his enigmatic nature. To me, it's more about the fact that he wore the number for so long.
He led the league in three-point percentage last year with very ugly form. He launches the ball from his shoulder (get it?).
I'm typically not a big fan of the modern nickname trend that just puts initials and numbers together, but this one works on another level.
An AK-47 is a famous Russian rifle and Andrei Kirilenko is a famous Russian basketball player who wears No. 47...get it?
Once upon a time, Baron Davis was really explosive and "Boom Dizzle" sounds cool after a dunk.
Griffin became one of the most popular and exciting players in the league within the first couple weeks of his rookie year.
I'm pretty sure he could've played the part more convincingly than Elijah Wood (that's a dis on Wood, not Ridnour).
One of the most underrated big men in the league, the "Vanilla Gorilla" has averaged 11 boards and three blocks per 36 minutes for his career.