Written by: Katherine

Date: May 17, 2021

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Image: James Harden Kobe Bryant [wikimedia]

About This Quiz

You know all your favorite professional basketball players by their real names, but do you know their nicknames? From signature moves to recognizably unique appearances, certain NBA stars have nicknames that are instantly recognizable. Though you may not get all of these correct on your first try, we’re sure you’ll score a few points along the way!

There are many reasons why people love the NBA as a sport. First, there is the speed, style, and athleticism of the players, and then there is the drama, a tight game where a single player can decide the game. And it’s not only the action on the court that makes the NBA what it is. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of passion from the fans and the players. In fact, some players are so passionate about their team and their sport that some nicknames are developed by them to name their favorite players. And this is where things get cool. To truly earn a nickname, you must be good, you must be exciting, and you must be memorable.

They choose the nicknames to replace player’s names, who might not be that flashy, and sometimes they choose it to show affection to the athlete. Usually, they show some striking characteristic of the individual, be it physical, psychological, way of being, etc. The NBA is full of great nicknames that have often transcended the athletes’ own names and have become their trademark.

The nicknames in the NBA, and in general in all American sports leagues, have incredible weight and tradition. After all, some athletes know who they are just by their nickname, right? Who doesn’t know “Air Jordan”, “Black Mamba”, “King James”, “KD” or “Greek Freak”?

In the NBA, it’s important to stand out on the court, and it’s no different when it comes to nicknames. On the court, players have a variety of nicknames, some of them are secret, only used between the athletes.

If you’re looking for an exciting way to pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon, try taking an online NBA nickname quiz! Most of the world knows the NBA by the names of the players. In fact, it can be tough to find out what teams they play for and even tougher to find out what they look like. Test your knowledge of the NBA, and the nicknames players have earned by taking our NBA nickname quiz!

Which player from the Hornets had the nickname "Grandmama"?

  • Glen Rice
  • Anthony Mason
  • Larry Johnson
  • Karl Malone

Which player had the nickname "The Admiral"?

  • David Robinson
  • George Mikan
  • David Thompson
  • Larry Bird

This player, who played for 13 years, had the nickname "The Microwave".

  • Vinnie Johnson
  • Rick Mahorn
  • Mark Jackson
  • Glenn Robinson

Which player was selected to be the NBA logo, and as a result earned the nickname "The Logo"?

  • Patrick Ewing
  • Bill Russell
  • Bob Cousy
  • Jerry West

"The Zen Master" was a nickname held by which coach?

  • Don Nelson
  • Phil Jackson
  • Pat Riley
  • Scott Brooks

Which player had the nickname "Iceman"?

  • Kevin Durant
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • George Gervin
  • Tim Duncan

The nickname "Tiny" was given to which hall of fame point guard?

  • Dave Bing
  • Nate Archibald
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Steve Nash

Which player was called "The Human Highlight Film"?

  • Michael Jordan
  • Magic Johnson
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Kobe Bryant

Which of these players was nicknamed "Dr J"?

  • Julius Erving
  • Jerry West
  • John Stockton
  • Jason Kidd

"The Big Fundamental" was which player's nickname?

  • Glenn Robinson
  • Tim Duncan
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Patrick Ewing

"The Diesel" was the nickname given to which player?

  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Mark Eaton
  • Earl Watson

Which player had the nickname "White Chocolate"?

  • Mark Jackson
  • Larry Bird
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Jason Williams

Who had the nickname "The Mailman"?

  • Karl Malone
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Craig Claxton

Before he changed his name, Metta World Peace was named what?

  • Rick Arnette
  • Rick Artest
  • Ron Artest
  • Ron Arnette

What nickname did Joe Bryant (Kobe Bryant's father) have when he was in the NBA?

  • Bean
  • Jellybean
  • Lima Bean
  • Green Bean

Which player had the nickname "The Truth"?

  • Allen Iverson
  • Ray Allen
  • Paul Pierce
  • Steve Nash

"Sir Charles" was the nickname of which of the following players?

  • Charles Barkley
  • Charles Oakley
  • Charles Johnson
  • Ron Charles