NBA Pronunciation Guide

December 31st, 2012 | by Spencer Hall

In the spirit of proper pronunciation, here is the NBA’s official pronunciation guide. Some players are listed multiple times and some are on new teams, but it’s presented as it’s listed on the NBA media site.

Atlanta
Ivan Johnson → EYE-vin
Zaza Pachulia → Za-Za Pa-CHUL-e-ya
Johan Petro → JO-hawn PEH-tro

Boston
Athletic Trainer Ed Lacerte → luh-SERT
Darko Milicic → DAR-ko MILL-a-chich
Rajon Rondo → RAW-john

Brooklyn
Andray Blatche → ANN-dray
Tyshawn Taylor → TIE-shawn
Mirza Teletovic → MEER- za Tel-LET-O-Vich
Tornike Shengelia → TOR-Neek [Toko] Shen-ge-liya

Charlotte
Bismack Biyombo → biz-MOCK bee-OM-bo
DeSagana Diop → suh-GAN-uh JOP
Ramon Sessions → ra-MAHN
Assistant Coach Dan Leibovitz → Lei-bo-vitz

Chicago
Marco Belinelli → Mark-o bell-ee-nell-ee
Luol Deng → Lu-owl Dang
Kirk Hinrich → HINE-rick
Nazr Mohammed → NAH-zee
Joakim Noah → JOE-keem
Valdimir Radmanovic → VLAD-uh-meer
Tom Thibodeau → Thib-uh-DOE

Cleveland
Omri Casspi → OME-ree
Jon Leuer → LOO-er
Samardo Samuels → sa-MAR-doe
Anderson Varejao → vair-a-ZJOW

Dallas
Rodrigue Beaubois → rod-REEG BOH-bwah
Jae Crowder → JAY
Chris Kaman → KAY-man
Dirk Nowitzki → Na-VIT-skee
Delonte West → deh-LON-tay

Denver
Kenneth Faried → Fa-REED
Evan Fournier → Forn-yay
Danilo Gallinari → Da-KNEE-lo Gal-in-ARE-ee
Andre Iguodala → E-gu-doll-a
Kosta Koufos → COAST-ah Koo-fuss
Javale McGee → Ja-Veil
Timofey Mozgov → TEAM-oh-fay MOZ-gov

Detroit
Jonas Jerebko → Joe-nass Jeh-reb-ko
Viacheslav Kravtsov → Vee-A-cha-slav KRAV-stov

Golden State
Andris Biedrins → AHN-dris BE-a-drinsch
Stephen Curry → STEFF-in
Festus Ezeli → Eh-ZEE-lee

Houston
Omer Asik → O-mair AH-shick
JaJuan Johnson → Juh-wahn
Donatas Motiejunas → doh-NAH-tahs moe-tee-YOU-nus

Indiana
D.J. Augustin → aug-us-TEEN
Ben Hansbrough → HANDS-bro
Tyler Hansbrough → HANDS-bro
Ian Mahinmi → Yan ma-HEEN-me

Los Angeles Clippers
Caron Butler → Cuh-ron
DeAndre Jordan → DEE-Aun-Dray
Ronny Turiaf → RO-nee too-ree-OFF
Marc Iavaroni → EYE-vuh-row-nee
Bob Ociepka → Oh-SEEP-cuh

Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol → Pow! Ga-Soll
Antawn Jamison → an-TWON

Memphis
Darrell Arthur → dur-RELL
Jerryd Bayless → JAIR-id
Hamed Haddadi → ha-DAH-dee
Marreese Speights → mar-rees spates
Tony Wroten → ROH-ten

Miami
Joel Anthony → Jo-El
Shane Battier → BATTY-ay
Mario Chalmers → mar-ee-o chawl-mers
Terrel Harris → Tear-EL
Head Coach Erik Spoelstra → Spoll-Stra

Milwaukee
Samuel Dalembert → DAL-uhm-behr
Marquis Daniels → Mar-KEES
Monta Ellis → MON-tay
Tobias Harris → toe-BYE-us
Ersan Ilyasova → EHR-san EE-lee-ah-soh-va
Doron Lamb → Dor-ON
Joel Przybilla → Priz-BIL-ah
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute → BAH-ah MOO-tay
Ekpe Udoh → EH-pay YOU-doh
Beno Udrih → BEN-oh OO-dreeh

Minnesota
Jose Juan Barea → ba-RAY-a
Chase Budinger → BUD-ing-er
Nikola Pekovic → NIK-oh-la PEK-ah-vich
Greg Steimsma → STEAM-smah
Alexey Shved → Ah-LEX-ee

New Orleans
Al-Farouq Aminu → al-fuh-ROOK ah-MEE-noo
Trevor Ariza → A-Ree-Zah
Marco Bellinelli → mark-o bell-ee-nell-ee
Chris Kaman → KAY-men
Emeka Okafor → eh-MEK-ah OH-ka-for

New York
Pablo Prigioni → pri-gee-OH-nee
Asst trainer Anthony Goenaga → go-e-NA-ga
Mike Walczewski → wal-ZEPH-ski

Oklahoma City
Serge Ibaka → Surge Ee-BAK-a
Thabo Sefolosha → TA-bow sef-a-LOW-sha
Lazar Hayward → lah-zahr
Hasheem Thabeet → Ha-SHEEM THA-beet

Orlando
Owner Rich DeVos → duh-VOSS
Athletic Trainer Keon Weise → WEEZE
Arron Afflalo → ah-FLAH-low
Gustavo Ayón → goo-STAH-voh eye-OWN
DeQuan Jones → duh-QUAN
E’Twaun Moore → EE-twan
Hedo Turkoglu → HEE-doh TURK-ah-lou
Nik Vucevic → VOOCH-uh-vitch

Philadelphia
Jrue Holiday → Drew
Royal Ivey → roy-AL
Arnett Moultrie → Mole-tree

Phoenix
Goran Dragic → GORE-on DRAHG-itch
Marcin Gortat → MAR-chin GORE-tot
Markieff Morris → mar-KEEF
Diante Garrett → dee-ON-tay
Dan Majerle → MAR-lee
Igor Kokoskov → EE-gore kuh-KOS-kov
Noel Gillespie → NOLE

Portland
Nicolas Batum → Nick-O-la Ba-TOOM
Victor Claver → Cla-VARE
Sasha Pavlovic → PAV-lov-ich

Sacramento
John Salmons → SAL-mons
Tyreke Evans → Tie-REEK
Assistant Coach Jim Eyen → I-N

San Antonio
Boris Diaw → DEE-ow
Kawhi Leonard → kah-WHY
Nando De Colo → NON-doe day CO-low
Tiago Splitter → TEE-ah-go

Toronto
Andrea Bargnani → AN-dre-ah BARN-neon-ee
Jose Calderon → HO-zay CALL-der-own
Linas Kleiza → LIN-as CLAY-za
Jonas Valanciunas → YO-nahs vah-lahn-CHEW-nahs
Asst. Coach Micah Nori → My-KAH NOR-eye

Utah
Enes Kanter → ENN-ess CAN-tur
DeMarre Carroll → Deh-MAHR-ay

Washington
Nene → ne-Nay
Kevin Seraphin → Sare-AH-fun
Jan Vesely → Yahn VEH-uh-lee

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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