NBA players usually have some of the best nicknames in all of the rofessional sports. And that includes the rookies.
Here are the top nicknames for players who are in their first season in the Association.
Tyler Dorsey, Hawks: Mr. March
Dorsey translated a fantastic 2017 NCAA Tournament for NCAA runner-up Oregon into a second round selection (No. 41). The 6-4 combo guard tallied his only points of the season when he went for 10 points against Houston on Nov. 3.
Edmond Sumner, Pacers: Skinny
Sumner had an injury plagued sophomore campaign at Xavier but was still drafted with the 52nd overall pick in the second round by the New Orleans Pelicans before being dealt to the Indiana Pacers. The 6-6 guard, who is one a two-way contract with the Pacers, had 10 points and seven rebounds along with seven turnovers in his G-League debut for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Frank Mason III, Kings: Phenom
Mason, the No.34 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has seen sparse action for the Kings this year. Although the 2017 Naismith Award winner has performed decently well when called upon. He is averaging 6.2 points along with 2.4 assists and 1.2 turnovers over 14.4 minutes of action in five contests for the Kings.
Davon Reed, Suns: Mr. Dependable
Well, Reed is not living up to his nickname as the No. 32 overall selection is sidelined until at least January after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscus issue in his left knee prior to training camp.
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15. Donovan Mitchell, Jazz: Spider
Spider is a great nickname for the 6-3 shooting guard as he has a 6-10 wingspan and is tremendous on the defensive end of the floor. The only downside to the name is that former Detroit Piston bad boy John Salley also had the nickname.
Mitchell has recorded at least one steal in seven of the past eight games and a block in five games. The 21-year-old is averaging 13.0 points and 2.6 rebounds along with 2.4 assists through 11 games overall.
14. Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Heat: Bam or BamBam
Come on now, if you are known by your nickname rather than your given name, than it has to be a fabulous name. Bam is a physical specimen and did an admirable job filling in for Hassan Whiteside in his three starts.
Adebayo collected his first double-double of his career against Minnesota on Oct. 30 with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes. He is currently averaging 3.4 points and 4.4 rebounds over 14.8 minutes of action in eight games.
13. Caleb Swanigan, Trail Blazers: Biggie
Really like this nickname, especially due to the backdrop of the story of its origin, despite its unoriginality. Swanigan has not gotten a lot of time, as expected, for the Balzers. But he is rebounding the ball well in the limited time. In seven games. Biggie is averaging 3.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.7 minutes of action.
12. Monte Morris, Nuggets: Man-Man, Big Game
Not sure which of his two nicknames is better. I mean you already got the Manimal (Kenneth Faried) in Denver and Mr. Big Shot (Chauncey Billups) is as a former Nugget. The late 2017 second round selection (52nd overall) is currently with the G-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers on a two-way contract.
Morris is kind of struggling with the Vipers, producing 8.3 points and 3.0 assists in 24.6 minutes of action through three games. He is shooting 40.0% from field and 20.0% from beyond the arc.
11. Terrance Ferguson, Thunder: 2K
The 19-year-old has played a very minor role for the Thunder despite being selected with the No. 19 overall pick in this past draft. Ferguson has scored just four points in 38 minutes of action, he has been whistled for 10 fouls.
10. Yakuba Ouattara, Nets: The Dunkmaster
The 25-year-old French Ghanian should probably be listed a little higher here, but…
Ouattara, a star internationally, is on a two-way contract with Brooklyn and is currently playing for the Long Island Nets, their G-League affiliate. He scored 14 points, on 4-of-9 shooting, and grabbed five rebounds in his debut G-League debut.
9. Kadeem Allen, Celtics: Big Bruiser
Big Bruiser sounds like a nickname for a fullback. The No. 53 overall selection in 2017 draft is on a two-way contract with the Celtics. Allen scored 21 points in his debut with the Maine Red Claws against the Delaware 87ers. He is averaging 15.5, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals through two games.
8. Zhou Qi, Rockets: Big Devil
The 2016 second round draft pick is in his first season with the Rockets. He has appeared in five NBA games thus far, averaging 1.8 points in a little less than six minutes a contest. Zhou will also spend time with Rio Grande Valley in order to get some playing time.
7. Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: The Finisher
Yes, his nickname is a play-on his nationality though it is basketball related therefore pretty cool. Markkanen has been nothing short of fantastic this season for the lethargic Bulls.
6. Justin Patton, Wolves: Big Muddy
Like Allen, based on the nickname, you would think that Patton was an NFL offensive lineman not a 7-0 center. The 20-year-old has been out since early July following surgery to repair the broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
5. Jacob Pullen, 76ers: Switcheroo
Pullen is a veteran of international basketball who signed with the 76ers prior to the start of training camp. The former Kansas State star, who scored 24 points against Westchester on Nov. 6, is averaging 18.7 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 50% from the field through his first three games for Delaware 87ers.
4. Jordan Bell, Warriors: Eraser
The Eraser is a great nickname for Bell as he is an excellent rebounder and rim-protector. He erased a lot of mistakes while at Oregon. The athletic big man has six blocks, 23 rebounds in 90 minutes of action over the first 10 games of the season.
3. Markelle Fultz, 76ers: Quick Wash
The No. 1 overall selection in this past draft is currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Fultz struggled with his shot in his first four appearances, producing 6.0 points while shooting 33.3% from the field.
2. De’Aaron Fox, Kings: Swipa
The fifth overall selection in this year’s draft has been very productive off the bench for the Kings. He has scored in double-figures in seven of the first 10 games and is averaging 12.4 points and 5.3 dimes in 26.7 minutes of action.
1. Malik Monk, Hornets: God of Dunk
Monk is known as a shooter and after a slow start, the “God of Dunk” has exploded in November torching the Bucks and Knicks for 25 and 21 points, respectively. He is averaging 13.5 points on 44.7% shooting from the floor including 42.3% from beyond the arc through the Hornets first four contests of the month. However, he has just one dunk this season.