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Slider: Guess NBA stars and nicknames

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The NBA has some of the coolest nicknames in all of sports. See if you can guess these current players by the illustrations of their made-up monikers below, then slide over the images to reveal their real identities.


Who's worth the price of admission?

Kevin Garnett, aka the Big Ticket. KG earned this nickname during his first stint in Minnesota, when the young, fiery forward was the biggest show in town.


Who's flinging in the rain?

The Splash Brothers have been making it rain all season. The Warriors' backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ranks first and second in 3-pointers made per game this season, and both are in the top 10 in the league in 3-point percentage.


Who's stylin' and profilin'?

Turn the swag on. The Lakers haven't had much to cheer for, especially after hitting a franchise record in losses, but between his near-death battles with dolphins and superstar girlfriend, Nick "Swaggy P" Young keeps the good times rolling off the court.


Who's venomous and victorious?

The Black Mamba himself. Kobe Bryant may not have the same bite he once had, but even while sidelined for the season yet again, his championship expectations -- and elite-level bark -- linger over the Lakers on a daily basis.


Who's NBA royalty?

All hail King James. LeBron's back in Cleveland, and now the Cavaliers are back in the postseason, too. James and the Cavs clinched the No. 2 seed in the East in his first season back "home."


Who's pounding it in the paint?

It's clobbering time. Marcin Gortat -- or the "Polish Hammer" to many -- has been dropping the hammer all season for the playoff-bound Wizards, who are looking to get back on track just in time for an encore to their surprising run to Round 2 of last year's postseason.


Who's a Hellenic wonder?

The Greek Freak! The Bucks have a star in the making in the young Giannis Antetokounmpo, who at the tender age of 20 is taking the league by storm with his rare combination of size, skill and length.


Who's the kid arachnid?

Kevin Durant isn't a fan of "The Slim Reaper," so "Durantula" will have to do. Unfortunately, the reigning league MVP's spidery limbs will be sheathed in suit material for the rest of the season because of a foot injury.


Who has moves straight out of a movie?

You don't need to take a red pill to see The Matrix. Shawn Marion may not be the same do-it-all All-Star he once was, but the possible future Hall of Famer is still at it, playing for a title with the surging Cavaliers.


Who's the winged king?

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... well, actually, it's sort of a bird. Chris "Birdman" Andersen is still flying around and crashing the boards as the Miami Heat battle for a playoff spot in the East.