2019 NBA Draft Pronunciation Guide

The 2019 NBA Draft is here, and several NBA Draft prospects with difficult names to pronounce. To help you know how to say your team’s latest draft picks, we’ve got a full 2019 NBA Draft Pronunciation Guide for players like Goga Bitadze, Sekou Doumbouya, Bol Bol, Rui Hachimura, Mfiondu Kabengele, Chuma Okeke, Deividas Sirvydis, Matisse Thybulle and many more. 

We also know that a Pronunciation Guide is pretty boring. So we’ve let Mitchell Renz make his blind attempt to say the names! He eventually gets to the correct one (you’re welcome), but botches quite a few along the way. Enjoy! 

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Here’s the full 2019 NBA Draft pronunciation guide:

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Darius Bazley
Bayz-Ley (NOT BAZ-LEY)

Goga Bitadze
Go-Ga | Bee-Taad-Zay

Ignas Brazdeikis
Ig-Nas | brahz-day-kiss

Bol Bol
Bowl | Bowl

Zylan Cheatham
ZY-lin Cheat-um

Luguentz Dort
Loo-Genz | Dort

Sekou Doumbouya
Sek-ou | Dem-Boo-Yah

Rui Hachimura
ROO-ee | HATCH-ee-MURR-uh

Tyler Herro

Mfiondu Kabengele
Fi-On-DU | Cab-Egg-Nail-EE

Louis King
Louis (Not Louie)

Christ Koumadje
Chris with a T | Koo-MA-G

Sagaba Konate
SAG-uh-bah | kuh-NOT-ay

Jalen Lecque
Jalen | Le-Q

Marcos Louzada Silva
Lou-Saad-A | Silva

Vanja Marinkovic
Van-Yah | Mar-Ink-o-Vic

Adam Mokoka

Joshua Obiesie

Chuma Okeke
CHOO-muh | oh-KEE-KEE

KZ Okpala
Kezie “KZ” | OCK-pol-ah

Miye Oni
Me-A | Own-ee

Shamorie Ponds
sha-MORE-ee | Ponds

Luka Samanic

Simisola Shittu

Deividas Sirvydis
Day-Vee-Das | Sir-V-Dis

Alen Smailagic
Allen | Smile-a-GEECH

Matisse Thybulle
MAH-teece | THIGH-bull

Quinndary Weatherspoon
quinn-DARE-ee | Weather-spoon

Yovel Zoosman
Yo-Vel | Zeus-Man

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