Not many players in the NBA have been able to play their whole career being known around the league by its fans on a first-name basis. LeBron, Michael, Magic, Wilt, and a handful of others make up the shortlist over the league’s long history.
Most of these players have made it based on their Hall of Fame careers, teamed with the uniqueness of their name. After all, John Stockton isn’t known around the league by John alone, despite owning two separate league records in career assist and steal totals.
On the flipside, a unique name alone won’t mark your name down in the annals of the league. World B. Free, Fat Lever, and Pooh Richardson aren’t exactly household names across the sports landscape.
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