So I was doing a little reading on random nba players and somehow came across the Wikipedia page of former New Jersey Net Dwayne Schintzius. Now Dwayne Schintzius was probably known more for his mullet and co-star role in the movie Eddie than his rebounds or blocks on the court, but what really stuck out to me was his multi-syllable name. Although you would think he would be a European import he was actually born in Florida and played 3 years for the Florida Gators before he went on to a short lived NBA career. Because of his unique and long name this got me thinking as to who are the NBA players with the longest names. After a little bit of research I was able to come up with a top 5 list of players with the longest names. Now the criteria are that middle names and nick names don’t count. We’re determining length by the number of characters from the first letter of the first name to the last letter of the last name. This includes hyphens and spaces. Without further adieu here is the list:
I had to include an honorable mention section for some of our favorites who didn’t make the cut. These are players whose names we all recognize and in most cases couldn’t pronounce but fell in love with anyway. Some of these might surprise you for not making the top 5.
(#) *Denotes number of characters
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (18)
Former longtime Cleveland Cavalier center who followed Lebron James to South Beach, probably the most famous NBA player whose name begins with a Z. Grizzlies fan would argue about this.
Michael Olowokandi (18)
Underachieving #1 overall pick of the 1998 draft, Olowokandi spends these days watching his ex-wife on VH1’s Basketball Wives.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (19)
Shareef had a stellar NBA career; although holding the NBA record for most games played without a playoff appearance he did win a gold medal with the USA basketball team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19)
Six NBA championships, six league MVP’s, NBA record for most points, fought Bruce Lee in Game of Death, one long ass name. Enough said.
Andreas Glyniadakis (19)
Played a total of 13 games with the Seattle Sonics in 2006 before getting cut. He’s on the honorable mention list because he’s Greek and a longest names list wouldn’t be complete without one.
Vladimir Radmanovic (19)
Current Golden State Warrior Vladimir is probably the only NBA player to be placed in the injured reserve due to a snowboarding accident.
6 Way tie for 5th place
Lawrence Funderburke (20)
Probably one of the best NBA names in my onion, Funderburke was a key back-up to Chris Webber on probably the best assembled and successful Sacramento Kings team in history.
Sarunas Jasikevicius (20)
Probably best known as being a member of the Lithuanian national basketball team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. There he led Lithuania in an upset over the USA team in pool play where he scored 25 points.
Sarunas Marciulionis (20)
I remember watching this guy on TV as a kid when he played for the Golden State Warriors. This guys body was built like a Russian tank, I’ve yet to see a European player hit the weights as hard as this dude. He had some skills too, finishing runner up for sixth man of the year twice.
Stanislav Medvedenko (20)
European center who played for the Lakers.
Aleksandar Radojevic (20)
European center who couldn’t stick in the league and ended up playing back in Europe.
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (20)
What a surprise yet another European center. Drafted 5th overall in the by the Denver Nuggets in the 2002, Nikoloz Tskitishvili was widely considered a bust. Almost as bad as Adam Morrison however I do believe Ammo will make a comeback.
5 Way tie for 4th place
Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (21)
One of the more popular names in the NBA during his brief stint, this center from Georgetown couldn’t quite live up to his Hoyas predecessors in terms of NBA success. I’m referring to Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and of course Othella Harrington. Mr. Boumtje-Boumtje has since brought his warez to the European hard courts.
Aleksandar Djordjevic (21)
This Euro guard played a career total of 8 games in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers during the 1996. That’s 8 games more than you, I and Damon Bailey ever will.
Chris Douglas-Roberts (21)
CDR is the youngest player among this list, he currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks coming off the bench.
Clarence Weatherspoon (21)
Forward who played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2000-2005, he was known for his rebounding and dunks who some people felt resembled Sir Charles Barkley.
Michael Ray Richardson (22)
Michael Ray Richardson was known more for violating the NBA drug policy and anti-semite comments rather than his ability to ball. He was the first player to ever lead the league in steals and assists and was an all-star for the Eastern Conference in the 1983 season. After his banishment from the NBA for drug violations he went on to play overseas and in minor leagues in the US. One interesting note is that the New York Knicks drafted him ahead of Larry Bird. I bet the Knicks wish they had that pick back.
Martynas Andriuskevicius (24)
About the only interesting thing about this former 2nd round pick of the Orlando Magic was that he got punched by some idiot named Awvee Storey during practice while in the D-League. The punch apparently knocked him out into a concussion with a fractured skull topped off with a hematoma on the left brain. Just like Wolverine he was able to recover and now continues playing ball in Euroland.
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (55)
Hands down overall winner. I know he didn’t use his complete name during his playing years but with the block shots, finger waving and a name ending in Wamutombo; how can you not declare Mount Mutombo a champion. Smack! “Not in my neighborhood, Mr. Robinson.”
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