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Top 10 NBA player nicknames of all time

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'The Doctor' - effortlessly cool (©GettyImages)
'The Doctor' - effortlessly cool (©GettyImages).

Julius "Dr. J" Erving

NBA champion (1983)
2× ABA champion (1974, 1976)
2× ABA Playoffs MVP (1974, 1976)
NBA Most Valuable Player (1981)
3× ABA Most Valuable Player (1974–1976)
11× NBA All-Star (1977–1987)
5× ABA All-Star (1972–1976)

The Doctor. There were many theories as to how Julius Irving received his brilliant nickname, but he finally revealed the true origin in the fantastic NBATV documentary titled The Doctor.

Growing up on Long Island, Erving called his friend “The Professor” for how he would always argue on the court and explain his position in extreme detail. “The Professor” returned the favor to Julius and called him “The Doctor” for how he could operate on opposing defenses. T

he nickname stuck, and was shortened to Dr. J in the ABA.

Dr. J was one of the first players to turn the dunk into an art form, and just reeked of cool. That easily gets him in to this list.

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