Ranking Every Basketball Reference Nickname for the Atlanta Hawks

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7th – Kevin Huerter: Red Mamba

I never liked anyone taking a ______ Mamba nickname before Kobe Bryant tragically died, and it just seems in bad taste now. Luckily, another red-hair-related nickname later on this list has caught on more for Huerter.

6th – Cam Reddish: Killer Cam

Like Kevin Huerter‘s Red Mamba, Cam Reddish‘s Killer Cam is suffering from originality. A good nickname should be able to be Google’d and have the play pop up first. A quick search of Killer Cam has rapper Cam’ron at the top, specifically his 2004 classic ‘Killa Cam.’ Further, ‘Cam’ is already technically a nickname on its own, with Cameron Reddish being his “real” name.

5th – John Collins: JC

The first moniker for John Collins on this list is simply his initials, which is incredibly overused across the sports landscape. I have called Collins JC on occasion, but it is a bit tame considering his other name on this list.

4th – Kevin Huerter: Red Velvet

Also stylized as “R3D V3Lv3T,” the nickname perfectly covers Huerter’s sparkling red hair and silky smooth deep shot. It’s a top tier nickname at it’s placement at #4 speaks to the strength of his teammates’.

3rd- Clint Capela: Swiss Bank

Clint Capela hasn’t played in a game yet for the Atlanta Hawks, but I can’t wait until he does for I can start working Swiss Bank references into pieces. The Switzerland born center is the highest-earning team athlete in his countries’ history, and makes them proud with this cheeky nickname.

2nd- John Collins: John the Baptist

Every rim-shattering dunk is a baptism. Perfection.

1st- Trae Young: Ice Trae

There were round table discussions among scholars debating the best Trae Young’s best nickname coming into the league, and while it was up in the air for a while, an endorsement by rapper Quavo locked in Ice Trae.

Less of a nickname and more of a superhero-esque alter ego, Trae ‘transforms’ into Ice Trae when his shot is at the coldest. It’s not often that being compared to something in your Grandma’s freezer is a cool thing, but somehow, this works perfectly.

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