Ranking Warriors' eight best nicknames in franchise history
8. Brian Cardinal aka The Custodian
Look, I'm a big fan of role players with nicknames, so Brian "The Custodian" Cardinal just had to make the list. Plus, who doesn't love a gritty bald guy who looks like a dude you'd hate to play pick up against?
Dubbed "The Custodian" because he did all of the dirty work, his physical style of play often had his opponents hurling insults at him.
All hail, The Custodian.
7. Andrew Wiggins aka Maple Jordan
Eh, there goes His Airness? At least, the North of the Border version.
Anytime someone has the audacity to even compare themselves to Michael Jordan let alone put his last name in their nickname, they have to be on the list.
Wiggins was a star coming out of high school. He hasn't lived up to the lofty standards his nickname set for him, but that's still an A-plus alias.
6. Wilt Chamberlain aka Wilt The Stilt
Any time a nickname refers to how tall or large you are (Big Diesel, Big Fundamental, etc) you automatically shoot up the rankings.
Parlay that with the fact that Chamberlain is one of the 10 best players in NBA history, and you got yourself a nickname with staying power.
Sure, Chamberlain only played one season in San Francisco, but we're going to count it nonetheless. Points for The Stilt.
5. Monta Ellis aka Mississippi Bullet
Sure, Monta Ellis and Steph Curry didn't fit together, but the Mississippi Bullet could straight ball.
Plus, with a nickname that combines where you're from with any sort of weapon or object that can kill gives you staying power near the top of the list.
Ellis could kill opponents with his lightning-quick speed and pull-up jumper.
There will be no Mississippi Bullet slander in this blog.
4. Marreese Speights aka Mo Buckets
Did I mention I like role players with dope nicknames? Mo Speights is exactly the type of player I had in mind.
On any given night, Mo Buckets could burn down the nets. Just ask the Philadelphia 76ers, who Speights scored 32 points against in front of an Oracle Arena crowd that serenaded him with MVP chants in 2014.
If you average less than eight points per game in your career but still have a nickname with the word "buckets" in it, then you know you were a bad man.
A tip of the cap to Mo Buckets.
3. Klay Thompson and his many aliases
Let's see there's Game 6 Klay, China Klay, Headband Klay, Big Smokey.
Honestly, Klay Thompson has too many nicknames to count. And yet, they all fit the Warriors superstar guard.
Personally, I'm partial to Scaffolding Klay but it's hard to go wrong with any of them. But Game 6 Klay might take the cake. If your nickname makes people believe you're going to put on a show on the biggest stage, that means something.
It's a hard task finding one nickname that sticks, but having a number of aliases is reserved for very few members of the sports/pop culture lexicon.
A Bronze Medal to Game 6 Klay.
2. Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullin aka Run TMC
If you're still known by a nickname given to you 30 years ago, then that's a good nickname.
Plus, the sheer audacity of the Warriors to bring out Run DMC to introduce the famed trio before a playoff game against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers has this one cemented in the top two.
It has staying power, a good origin story and is attached to one of the great what-ifs in NBA history.
1. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson aka The Splash Brothers
There are good nicknames and then there are great nicknames.
A great nickname requires a few things: It has to be original, accurately reflect the abilities or personality of said athletes and become synonymous with that player or players in the sports universe.
The Splash Brothers (h/t to the creator, my friend and colleague Brian Witt) checks all those boxes and then some.
When my 73-year-old father, who would rather watch old Ernie Banks clips than an NBA game, is calling Steph and Klay the "Splash Brothers," you know you've made it.
A runaway winner if there ever was one.