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Some Jazz nicknames more established than others

The Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets will be sporting their nicknames on the back of their jerseys when they meet up later this month.

LeBron James' will be "King James." Chris Andersen will be "Birdman." Deron Williams will, of course, be "D-Will."

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"I saw a little snapshot of Ray Allen's jersey, the whole Jesus Shuttlesworth thing," Jazz forward Marvin Williams said Tuesday when asked for his thoughts on the switch-up. "Growing up I really liked that movie (He Got Game) so I think it will be kind of cool."

So what would be on the back of the Jazz's jerseys?

"I'd have to ask some people. I've been hearing about the Masked Man. People have been calling me the Masked Man," said Williams, who wears a protective guard. "So maybe something along those lines."

Gordon Hayward would be "G-Time," a nickname he's had since mimicking Reggie Miler's "Miller Time" game growing up in Indiana.

Trey Burke, who goes by a nickname already, said "TB3."

Derrick Favors: "Probably just D-Fave, something simple."

Asked who on the team had the best nickname, both Burke and Favors agreed on the player — but not on the nickname.

"Dunk Champ. Easy," Burke said. "Jeremy Evans. We all call him Dunk Champ. You see that on the back of a jersey it might intimidate somebody."

Favors also said Evans had the best nickname.

"We call him Snoop Doop," he said, adding that the origin was unknown.

— Aaron Falk



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