A list of all-time great NBA nicknames 

It was challenging to reduce this list to 50, much less the 30 best nicknames of all time, due to the abundance of memorable NBA moniker.  

Lloyd B. Free, a pioneering heat check scorer in the NBA, transformed his 

initial name to "World" in order to avoid the stigma associated with his notorious moniker. 

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Someone evidently thought Free was so good at burying long shots from "around the world" that they gave him the moniker. 

From 1977–1986, Free averaged 24.7 points per game (PPG), including a 

career-high 30.2 in 1979–80, and was one of the most exciting players in the 

NBA thanks to his rainbow jumper, enormous vertical, and scoring flair. 

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