One way to judge how big of a fan you are for a particular team is how well you know the players’ nicknames. For my favorite NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, I can identify nicknames for more than half of the team members. Most of them I learned from watching all of their games with my family on our local sports channel.
DeMarcus Cousins “Cuz Obvious derivation of his name
Marcus Thornton “Bayou Bomber” 3-point shooter from Louisiana
Isaiah Thomas “Hustlin’ Husky,” UW alum, his initials, and he is the
“I.T.” & “Pizza Guy” spokesperson for Pizza Guys
Jason Thompson “J.T.” initials
James Fredette “Jimmer” longtime nickname, play on name
Francisco Garcia “Cisco” shorter version of first name
James Johnson “J.J.” initials, assumed, never heard it used
Thomas Robinson “T-Rob” derivation of his name
For six of the Kings I do not know if they have a nickname or not. If I were an NBA player I think I would want to have a clever nickname. It makes you more memorable and more marketable.