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101+ Basketball Nicknames for Guys and Girls

Updated on December 17, 2016
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Basketball Nicknames

Not only is Shaq, which of course, is short for his real name Shaquille, a pro baller, but he's also a pro at coming up with great nicknames! He's actually gone by several nicknames over the years, including Shaq Daddy, The Diesel, The Big Fella, and Big Shamrock, and M.D.E (Most Dominant Ever), just to name a few.

He earned his nicknames throughout his career, and was well-known by his nicknames because of his natural talent to play b-ball. Everybody has to start somewhere though, so if you’re in the sport, it’s time to consider a nickname for you and other teammates!

Basketball Nicknames for Guys

Every player on the team has a role, and I don't just mean which position they play. Are you the court clown? The badass baller? What about the biggest guy on the team? Your nickname will help define your role on the team.

Ball Hog
King Kong
Bear
Lanky
Big Bird
Large Fry
Bigfoot
Limbs
Buzz
Lurch
Buzz Lightyear
McNasty
Buzzer
Monster
Captain
MVP
Chewbacca
Ogre
Chewy
Sasquatch
Chief
Sausage
Court King
Shaq
Daddy Long Legs
Shrek
DK
Slam
Dribbles
Slammer
Dunkin
Speedy Gonzales
Fresh Prince
Stretch
Froggy
Swish
Giant
Switch
Giraffe
Swoosh
Globetrotter
Tank
Goliath
The Skyscraper
Guardian
Torpedo
Hagrid
Tower
Hangman
T-Rex
Iron Giant
Twister
Jolly Green Giant
Wookie

Basketball Nicknames for Girls

Girl players deserve a great nickname just as much as the boys! Whether you end up with a cute nickname or a tough one, the fact that you're a girl basketball player makes you pretty badass in my book!

3-Point
Legs
Alta (Spanish for tall)
Lofty
Amazon
Mama Bear
Ball Queen
Mama Long Legs
Banshee
Minnie
Basketcase
Nettie
Beanstalk
Peaches
Blockie
Pigtails
Cinderella
Pumps
Cougar
Queenie
Court Queen
Rookie
Donut
Shawty
Doppler
Short Shorts
Dragonfly
Shorty
Duchess
Slim
Florida
Slingshot
Freakshow
Stringbean
Ginger Giant
Sweet Tea
Half Court
Tinkerbell
Heels
Tippy Toes
Hoops
Twiggy
Hot Shot
Twinkle Toes
Hottie McShotty
Twister Sister
Jumpy
Twizzler
Lankee
Wicked Witch

Tips for Choosing a Great Nickname

Now that you've read through some example nicknames, it's time to come up with some awesome basketball nicknames for yourself and your teammates. Here are some quick tips to help you along.

  • Player’s name: An obvious way to give a basketball player a nickname would be to play around with their real name and see what you can come up with. Avoid typical nicknames, such as “Billy” for “William.” (Unless of course you add on a word, such as to make the nickname “Billy Ball.”

  • Player’s number: Numbers are bound to change throughout a basketball career, especially if starting out in grade school; however, the number will always be a part of their history in the game so finding clever ways to use the number can work out beautifully.

  • Basketball terms: There are many terms specific to basketball that can really be helpful in coming up with some names. Think dribbling, slam dunks, traveling, etc. You can probably come up with a few humorous puns!

  • “Tall” terms: I’ve honestly never seen a short person make it big (pun intended), so think tall names as the person you’re trying to nickname is likely tall if they play basketball seriously.

  • Team colors: Like numbers, team colors will eventually change throughout a basketball career but that doesn’t mean you can’t look to the colors for some inspiration! “Big Blue” and “Green Giant” come to mind!

  • Childhood nicknames: Throwbacks never hurt anyone! Well that all depends. I suppose you wouldn’t want to be called Mr. Poop-a-loochki on the courts, would ya? Do be careful with this one, some of us had really odd nicknames as babies!

Once you've got your nicknames, it's time to cruise the court in a sweet custom jersey with your new nickname on it!

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