Best NBA Player Nicknames as 2019-20 Regular Season Tips Off
By David Hayes
Since Adam Silver took over as NBA commissioner in 2014, both he and the league have taken strides to focus on the more light-hearted and entertaining aspects of the game, as well as player empowerment.
Perhaps, none more notable than the NBA's decision to allow players to wear their own nicknames on the back of their jerseys in a 2014 regular-season game between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets.
Nicknames have been a large part of NBA player culture throughout the league's history, but they've arguably never been more common in NBA fan culture than they are now. Having a grasp on star players' nicknames is also a great way to come up with hilarious fantasy basketball team names.
With that in mind, here's a look at five of our favorite NBA player nicknames as the 2019-20 campaign tips off.
Best NBA Nicknames
5. Swipa [the Fox]
De'Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings, Point Guard
4. Ice Trae
Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks, Point Guard
Nikola Jokić – Denver Nuggets, Center
2. Muscle Chestbrook
Russell Westbrook – Houston Rockets, Point Guard
1. Maple Jordan
RJ Barrett – New York Knicks, Rookie Shooting Guard
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