20 NBA Players' Names You've Been Pronouncing Completely Wrong (Photos)


With each passing year, the international influence on the game of basketball seems to grow. The NBA is very clearly a cosmopolitan league.

This season, 100 non-American players were on an NBA roster on opening day, while each team featured at least one foreign player.

With foreign players come foreign names that are more difficult to pronounce than your Average Joe.

Eventually, everyone -- you, me, coaches, commentators -- starts embarrassing themselves trying to either figure out those pronunciations or come up with a convenient nickname.

Well, embarrass yourself no more.

Here to help you with those names is this guide of how to correctly regard the most debated of player pronunciations.

Rajon Rondo

Jonas Valanciunas

Andrea Bargnani

Amar'e Stoudemire

Dennis Schroder

Pablo Prigioni

Dirk Nowitzki

Ian Mahinmi

Deron Williams

Montrezl Harrell

Donatas Motiejunas

JaMychal Green

Omer Asik

Alexis Ajinca

Thabo Sefolosha

Beno Udrih

Mario Hezonja

Nemanja Bjelica

Goran Dragic

Giannis Antetokounmpo