Nickname Project

As most Both Teamsters know, I’m big on nicknames. But as we thankfully try to put the tragic era of only referring to players as nonsense like KG, TMac and JKidd behind us, it’s more important than ever to remember all the great names of the past.

So the “NBA Nickname Project” is an attempt to catalog of all the actually utilized nicknames for past and current NBA players (plus a few I just think are humorous and/or am trying to get off the ground) to hopefully aid the promotion and creation of more magnificent monikers for the future. But since I’m not even thirty years old and certainly don’t have a lot of brain cells left, the only way to make sure we eventually get them all is to crowdsource this endeavor out to the whole NBA community in a wiki-like fashion.

So please let me know of any nicknames that are missing in the comments. And someday, we will have them all here on this one page — an achievement that Benjamin Netanyahu assures me will be the final step in the Mideast Peace Process.

Global security is in your hands, people.

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A.

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Action Jackson – Mark Jackson
The Admiral – David Robinson
Agent Zero – Gilbert Arenas
Air Canada – Vince Carter
Air Jordan – Michael Jordan
AK-47 – Andrei Kirilenko
The Animal – Ken Bannister
The Answer – Allen Iverson
Armadillo Cowboy – Joe Johnson
A-Train – Artis Gilmore

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B.

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Baby Al – Al Harrington
Baby Jordan – Harold Miner
Bad News – Marvin Barnes
Bad Porn – Corey Maggette
Bassy – Sebastian Telfair
Batman – Tony Battie
Batman – Danny Granger
B-Diddy – Baron Davis
The Beard – Baron Davis
B-Easy – Michael Beasley
Big Aristotle – Shaquille O’Neal
Big Baby – Glen Davis
Big Ben – Ben Wallace
The Big Cactus – Shaquille O’Neal
The Big Cat – Jamal Magloire
Big Country – Bryant Reeves
Big Dipper – Wilt Chamberlai
Big Dog – Antoine Carr
Big Dog – Glenn Robinson
The Big E – Elvin Hayes
The Big Fundamental – Tim Duncan
Big Game James – James Worthy
Big Nasty – Corliss Williamson
Big O – Oscar Robertson
Big Paper Daddy – Ricky Pierce
Big Red – Dave Cowens
The Big Sleep – Tracy McGrady
Big Shot Bob – Robert Horry
Big Smooth – Sam Perkins
The Big Ticket – Kevin Garnett
Big Z – Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Bimbo – Vernon Coles
Bird Man – Chris Anderson
Black Jesus – Earl Monroe
Black Magic – Earl Monroe
Black Mamba – Kobe Bryant
Black President – Gilbert Arenas
The Blade – Alex English
Bloodsport – James Johnson (BTPH / Straight Bangin’ original)
Bones – Brent Barry
Boobie – Daniel Gibson
Boom Dizzle – Baron Davis
The Boston Strangler – Andrew Toney
Brady Bunch – Walter Herrmann (BTPH original)
Brazilian Blur – Leandro Barbosa
Bropez – Brook Lopez
Bubba Chuck – Allen Iverson
Buck – Charles Williams
Buddha – James Edwards
Butterbean – Bob Love

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C.

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Cadillac – Greg Anderson
Cap – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Captain – Willis Reed
Captain Jack – Stephen Jackson
Cat – Cuttino Mobley
CB4 – Chris Bosh
Chairman Yi – Yi Jianlian
Cheese – Royal Ivey
Chick – Francis Dayle Hearn
The Chief – Robert Parrish
Chief Lightning First Step – Rodney Stuckey (BTPH original)
Chocolate Reign – Anthony Morrow
Chocolate Thunder – Darryl Dawkins
Chosen One – LeBron James
Chubby – John Cox III
Chuckster – Charles Barkley
Clyde – Walt Frazier
Coney Island’s Finest – Stephon Marbury
Cornbread – Cedric Maxwell
CP3 – Chris Paul
Crash – Gerald Wallace
The Croatian Sensation – Toni Kukoc
The Custodian – Brian Cardinal
Czar (of the Telestrator) – Mike Fratello

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D.

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Daddy Rich – Chuck Daly
Daggers – Brandon Roy (BTPH original)
Death & Taxes – Tim Duncan (BTPH original)
Dean the Dream – Dean Meminger
Deke – Dikembe Mutombo
Dice – Antonio McDyess
Diesel – Shaquille O’Neal
Dinner Bell – Mel Turpin
Doc – Glenn Rivers
Dollar Bill – Bill Bradley
Downtown – Freddie Brown
Dr. Dunkenstein – Darrell Griffith
The Dread Pirate Chris Douglas-Roberts – Chris Douglas-Roberts (Russ Bengston)
The Dream – Hakeem Olajuwon
Dr. J – Julius Erving
The Dunkin’ Dutchman – Rik Smits
Durantula – Kevin Durant

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E.

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Earl the Pearl – Earl Monroe
Einstein – Earl Monroe
Employee Number Eight – Antoine Walker
The Enforcer – Maurice Lucas
The Enormous Mormon – Shawn Bradley

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F.

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Fat – Lafayette Lever
Fiery Francophile – Tony Parker (via here)
Flash – Dwyane Wade
Flip – Ronald Murray
Franchise – Steve Francis
Frenchie – Tony Parker
Fresh – Chris Douglas Roberts (says CDR himself)
Frosty – Len Bias

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G.

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The General – Sherman Douglas
Get Buckets – Ricky Davis
Ghostface Przybilla – Joel Przybilla
The Gift – Danny Granger
The Glide – Clyde Drexler
The Glove – Gary Payton
The Goods – Lamar Odom
Goose – Wayne Embry
Grandmama – Larry Johnson
The Great Wall – Yao Ming
Groundhog Day – Tim Duncan

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H.

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Half-Man, Half-Amazing – Vince Carter
Half-Man, Half-A-Season – Vince Carter
The Hawk – Connie Hawkins
Hibachi – Gilbert Arenas
The Hick From French Lick – Larry Bird
Hondo – John Havlicek
Hot Plate – John Williams
Hot Rod – Rod Hundley
Hot Rod – John Williams
Houdini of the Hardwood – Bob Cousy
The Human Eraser – Marvin Webster
The Human Highlight Film – Dominique Wilkins
The Human Victory Cigar – Darko Milicic
The Human Victory Cigar – Stojko Vrankovic

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I.

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Iceman – George Gervin

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J.

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J-Chill – Josh Childress
Jellybean – Joe Bryant
Jesus Shuttlesworth – Ray Allen
The Jet – Kenny Smith
JET – Jason Terry
The Jordan Stopper – Gerald Wilkins
J-Smoove – Josh Smith
Jungle Jim – Jim Loscutoff
Junk Yard Dog – Jerome Williams

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K.

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Kandi Man – Michael Olowokandi
The Kangaroo Kid – Billy Cunningham
The Kentucky Colonel – Frank Ramsey
The Kid – Kevin Garnett
King James – LeBron James
K-Mart – Kenyon Martin
K-Mart – Kevin Martin
Kobe Stopper – Ruben Patterson
KryptoNate – Nate Robinson

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L.

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Large Infant – Glen Davis
Larry Legend – Larry Bird
Little General – Avery Johnson
Locksmith – DeShawn Stevenson
The Lord’s Prayer – Earl Monroe
The Logo – Jerry West
L-Train – Lionel Simmons

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M.

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The Machine – Sasha Vujacic
Mad Dog – Mark Madsen
Mad Max – Vernon Maxwell
Magic – Earvin Johnson
The Magician / Il Mago – Andrea Bargnani
The Magnificent – Marvin Barnes
The Mailman – Karl Malone
The Main Butter & Egg Man – Tony Parker (via here)
Marvdawg – Marvin Williams
The Matrix – Shawn Marion
The Mayor – Fred Hoiberg
The Miami Greyhound – Rick Barry
The Microwave – Vinnie Johnson
Mighty Mouse – Damon Stoudamire
Money – Michael Jordan
The Money Man – Mehmet Okur
Monster Mash – Jamal Mashburn
Moochie – Martyn Norris
Mookie – Daron Blaylock
Mr. Big Shot – Chauncey Billups
Mr. Clutch – Jerry West
Mr. Inside – Elgin Baylor
Mr. Sonic – Nate McMillan
Mt. Mutombo – Dikembe Mutombo
Muggsy – Tyronne Bogues
Murdock – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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N.

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Nate the Great – Nate Thurmond
Sweetwater – Nathaniel Clifton
Never Nervous – Pervis Ellison
Nick at Night – Nick Van Exel
Nick the Quick – Nick Van Exel

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O.

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Ohio Flyer – Ron Harper
The Owl Without A Vowel – Bill Mlkvy

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P.

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Parisian Torpedo – Tony Parker (via here)
Pearl – Dwayne Washington
Penny – Anfernee Hardaway
Pig – Anthony Miller
Pike – Eric Piatkowski
Pistol – Pete Maravich
Plastic Man – Stacey Augman
Pocket Rocket – Calvin Murphy
The Polish Hammer – Marcin Gortat
The Polish Rifle – Eric Piatkowski
Pooh – Jerome Richardson
The Pterodactyl – Brandon Jennings

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R.

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Rambo – Kurt Rambis
The Rave – Dave Stallworth
Red – Johnny Kerr
The Red Rocket – Matt Bonner
Redz – Delonte West
Reignman – Shawn Kemp
The Rifleman – Chuck Person
Rip – Richard Hamilton
Rock – Mitch Richmon
The Rooster – Danilo Galinari
Roscoe – Rasheed Wallace
Round Mound of Rebound – Charles Barkley

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S.

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Sam I Am – Sam Cassell
Satch – Tom Sanders
Shaq Fu – Shaquille O’Neal
Shaq of the MAC – Gary Trent
Shaq of the NAC – Malik Rose
Shawn – Kris Joseph (via)
Shogun – Shaquille O’Neal
Sideshow – Anderson Varejao
Silk – Jamaal Wilkes
Sir Charles – Charles Barkley
The Skate – Nate Archibald
Skip to My Lou – Rafer Alston
Skywalker – David Thompson
Sky Walker- Kenny Walker
Sleepy – Eric Floyd
Slick – Donald Watts
Smooth – Larry Hughes
The Snake – Ken Norman
Socks – Elliot Perry
Speedy – Craig Claxton
Spell Check – Arron Afflalo
Spider – John Salley
Spud – Anthony Webb
The Stache – Adam Morrison
Stack Jack – Stephen Jackson
Starbury – Stephon Marbury
STAT – Amare Stoudamire
Stormin’ Norman – Norm Van Lier
Stumpy – Gail Goodrich
Superman – Dwight Howard
Super Nintendo (Chalmers) – Mario Chalmers
Swaggy P – Nick Young
Sweetwater – Nat Clifton
Swish – JR Smith
Switchblade – Trevor Ariza (BTPH original)

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T.

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Thunder Dan – Dan Marjele
Tim Bug – Tim Hardaway
Tiny – Nate Archibald
Tommy Gun – Tommy Heinsohn
Tree – Wayne Rollins
The Truth – Paul Pierce
Truck – Leonard Robinson
Tru Warier – Ron Artest
Tractor Traylor – Robert Traylor
Tuff Juice – Caron Butler

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U.

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The Ukraine Train – Vitaly Potapenko
Uncle Cliffy – Cliff Robinson
Uncle Reg – Reggie Miller

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V.

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Vinsanity – Vince Carter

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W.

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The Waiter – Toni Kukoc
The Wall – Wayne Embry
Wally World – Wally Szczerbiak
White Chocolate – Jason Williams
WHIT EBOY – Jason Williams
Wilt Chamberneezy – Shaquille O’Neal
Wilt the Stilt – Wilt Chamberlain
The Wizard – Gus Williams
The Wizard – Walt Williams
World B. Free – Lloyd Bernard Free
The Worm – Dennis Rodman

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X.

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X-Man – Xavier McDaniel

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Y.

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Yaowa – Joel Anthony (BTPH original … probably)
Yogi – Michael Stewart

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Z.

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Zeke – Isiah Thomas
Zeke from Cabin Creek – Jerry West
Ziggy – Larry Siegfried
Z-Bo – Zach Randolph

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3D – Dennis Scott

277 thoughts on “Nickname Project”

  1. I love this list. However, I despise the connotation that there was some long forgotten nickname culture of the past that we can’t live up to today. In fact, I’d argue the opposite. Today’s sports highlight driven media has only helped to increase the creativity and abundance of nicknames, and with it becoming competitive for the attention of it, they’ve become even wittier.

    I just want to mention a few I think were left off.

    “The Sudanese Swatter” – Manute Bol (I’ve also heard “One Manute Man”, but I’m not naming names). Also, he came here with a nicname in his native language “Raan Cheg” which translates to “Short Stuff”

    Rajan Rondo – “Grand Theft Rondo”, “Johnny”, “Swag”, “Rated RR”, “Hondo Rondo”, and several others. None have stuck, but the “Grand Theft Rondo” is one that shows that wit of the modern nicknames that I think is being greatly overlooked.

    The rest of these may not have been included because of taste, but they are commical nicknames that have been used by many, and this belong on the list IMHO. If you need confirmation, any google images search will being up splits with their images on them.

    Pau Gasol – “The Camel”, sometimes “The Spitting Camel”. Based of the striking resemblance.

    He’s also been called “The Llama”. This can be attributed to the colorful sports talk dj Mikey Adams of The Planet Mikey Show during the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals. It’s definitely caught on in the New England Area and truly deserves national recognition. If you’re truly trying to create an archive of player nicknames, it’d be a travesty not to have Pau Gasol as “The Llama” on there.

    Kevin McHale – “The Black Hole” (but more realistically was called “Frankenstein” or “Herman Munster” by those who saw him regularly)

    Sam Cassell – “Alien” (cuz his head made him look like one)

    Glen Davis – “Shrek” (again on physical appearance)

    Chris Bosh – “Bostrich” (again, resemblance to an ostrich is undeniable)

    (Id also like to clarify to people, linsanity was the phenomena surrounding jeremy lin, not his actual nickname)

  2. I should’ve also added that Nate Robinson on Glen Davis’ back after he hit that shot in Orlando has often been the grand marquis of the combo that was “Shrek and Donkey”…

  3. The Boss- LeBron James
    Three-Point Wonder- Stephen Curry
    The Legend- Michael Jordan
    The Game- Allen Iverson
    Airmail- Michael Jordan
    The Pilot- Clyde Drexler
    The Runner- Dwyane Wade
    Triple Threat- Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Chris Bosh
    The Elder Triple-Threat- Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan
    Magic M- Magic Johnson
    Static- Dwyane Wade
    The Sniper- Stephen Curry
    Freight Train- Dwight Howard

  4. Anthony Hardaway-Penny
    Gary Payton- the Glove
    Shawn Kemp-rainman
    Chris Anderson-Birdman
    Paul George-King George
    Brian Scalabrine- White Mamba
    Kenith Faried- Manimal
    Jeremy Lin- Linsanity
    Michael Kidd Ghilchrest- MKG
    Ervin Johnson- Magic
    Shaq- Big Shamrock

  5. Tyrant- Kobe Byrant
    One Man Team- Kobe Bryant
    Powerhouse- Dwight Howard
    Ballhog- Kobe Bryant
    The Better version of Lebron- Kevin Durant
    Triple Threat- Stephen Curry
    Return to sender- Serge Ibaka
    2nice4you- Kevin Durant
    Court Order- Tim Duncan
    TheLegend- Michael Jordan
    TheOriginalBeard- Baron Davis
    Lights Out- James Harden
    The Ace Card- Kevin Durant
    Inside Man- Dwayne Wade
    Perfect Star- Kevin Durant
    Unpredictable- Kobe Bryant

  6. Sweet Lew – Rashard Lewis
    Cole Train – Norris Cole
    S Dot – Shaun Livingston
    JJ – Joe Johnson
    Money Mace – Roger Mason Jr.
    MT3 – Mirza Teletovic

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