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‘Dame’ Among NBA’s Most Recognizable One-Word Names

John Gonzalez of The Ringer lists Lillard’s “Dame” nickname as one of the best one-word names.

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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is regularly called “Dame,” which is an easy shorthand when referring to the guard. He even acknowledges “Dame Time” as a slogan for his clutch performances. Given the regular use and recognition of “Dame” around the league, John Gonzalez of The Ringer ranks it No. 13 among the NBA’s other one-word names:

Name ID: 17.5
Entertainment Value: 12.6
Talent: 9
Staying Power: 3
Total: 42.1

In addition to being a gifted scorer, and a surprisingly good rapper, Dame has lately taken to breaking NBA reporter news. The man is a polymath. He’s also the only ONAS whose name has its own temporal period (Dame Time!).

The list is out of 25 and uses specific criteria to establish its placements, with Lillard above Joel Embiid (14) and below Chris Paul (12). You can read the entire rankings here.