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Not The Right Nickman For Sulaimon

Nice try, but not there yet

Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs forward Donta Harper (0) defends as Duke Blue Devils guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) gets off a shot at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Gardner Webb Runnin Bulldogs forward Donta Harper (0) defends as Duke Blue Devils guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) gets off a shot at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

We don't know quite what to say about this column by CBSSports.com's Alex Dassenko where he proposes a nickname for Rasheed Sulaimon: "Sulaimon the Magnificent."

First of all, not to be unkind, but that's a heavy nickname to live up to. We have no doubt he can excel - he did quite often last year - but not as much this year, so far anyway.

Generally speaking, nicknames come from either admiration, a trait, a particular niche or a play on a name. Take the nickname which launched from DBR for Trajan Langdon - the Alaskan Assassin. It was perfect for a guy who could blow up a game from three point range.

So, too, for the Zoubeard for Zoubek or C-Well for Chris Carrawell and the Landlord for Shelden Williams.

For Sulaimon, his niche so far has mostly been defense, which seems like the best place to start.