The 10 best and worst nicknames in the NBA today

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NBA nicknames have taken on lives of their own over recent decades.

Historically very good, the current generation has been known to crank out some terrible monikers for hoops stars. Now, there are still an array of great ones -- but the bad ones? Oh, they're bad.

So with this in mind, in bringing you the best of the best when it comes to nicknames, it's also important to show off the bottom of the barrel, too -- it makes the good ones look that much better.

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The 10 best and worst nicknames in the NBA today

10th Worst: The Brow

Straight forward and to the point – but where’s the creativity?

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10th Best: Vinsanity, The Truth, Big Ticket, Black Mamba

We reserve this spot for those who are still technically active, but whose personas retired long ago.

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9th Worst: Flash

More akin to the dying Adobe Flash than the speedy superhero The Flash, Dwyane Wade has had more than a few nicknames try and stick -- but we aren’t buying any of them.

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9th Best: Uncle Drew

Kyrie Irving’s commercial-inspired character has turned into quite the persona, and as long as he continues to shine on and off the court, we’re willing to keep calling him ‘Uncle Drew.’

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8th Worst: Polish Hammer

This just sounds strange.

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7th Worst: Will the Thrill

A recent (and very flat) dunk contest appearance by Will Barton has us already sick and tired of trying to make this one work. Sorry, Will, it’s not happening. Try “Barton Fink” next time?

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7th Best: Birdman

Once Shaq started shouting his name out loud, we could not help but do it too. BIRDMAN BIRDMAN.

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6th Best: Maple Jordan

This little-known but amazing nickname needs to blow up. It just has to.

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5th Worst: S.T.A.T (Standing Tall And Talented)

This is not a shortened version of his name, this is actually a really lame acronym that Amar'e made up. No, really.

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5th Best: Video Game Dame

A very underrated nickname, Lillard pulls off moves that can only be done in NBA2K, hence the moniker ‘Video Game Dame.’

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4th Worst: Gold Dragon

See “Polish Hammer.” This one just sounds strange.

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4th Best: King James

Classic, but tough to argue with. Not to mention, something that's stuck for more than a dozen years.

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3rd Worst: CP3/D12/KP6

Can we stop the lazy and uninspiring trend of just simply taking someone’s initials and/or jersey number and making that a nickname? No other sport does this, and for good reason. It’s dumb.

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3rd Best: Dr. Doom

Here is the pitch for this one: a tall super genius from eastern Europe comes and takes over New York, becoming a worldwide sensation, and is feared by his rivals. Sound familiar?

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2nd Worst: Swaggy P

Let us repeat: Do. Not. Try. To. Create. Your. Own. Nickname. Especially here, where the “P” doesn’t stand for anything logical.

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2nd Best: Slim Reaper

Despite Kevin Durant not accepting this as his official nickname, it’s still amazing.

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The Worst: The Servant

In an interview, he said he wanted to be called “The Servant," because of his selflessness as a teammate. This not only breaks the golden rule of coming up with your own nickname, but it’s also a pathetic attempt. Just stick to “Durantula” or “Slim Reaper.” Those are monumentally better, Kevin.

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The Best: Greek Freak

We stopped calling him by his real name. That’s how good (and convenient) this nickname is. He is just the Greek Freak now, plain and simple.

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By: John Dorn

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