Originally Posted by el gringos
Why is the spelling of his name so different?
Didn't that 6-9 Asian magic get requested instead of Marc gasol by the grizzlies in the pau trade
Because he's Greek. Draftexpress of course can't be bothered to get trivial facts like the spelling of names right. It's typical across their website.
Simple explanation, DX are lazy.
His parents come from Nigeria, where the name would be translated into English as, "Adetokunbo".
But he's a Greek and not a Nigerian citizen, (DX says he does not have Greek citizenship which isn't true, he does not have a Greek passport)
So, in the Greek hospital you would take Adetokunbo, and it becomes Antetokoumpo, since Greek language uses entirely different alphabet than English one.
If you changed it back from Greek, and then "Americanized it", it would be Adetocunbo, with a C, not a K.
First name is translated literally as "Giannis" into Latin form. Just means "John" in English. However, this is not how it is pronounced. Correct phonetic way would be, "Yannis". That would be in English known as, "Yanni" without the S, since in English you don't use the S.
However, the actual formal spelling of the name in proper English form would Ioannis.
So.......actual correct proper Greek name, should translate to Ioannis Antetokoumpo. But, informal and Latinized version of Greek common first name and Nigerian last names would be Giannis Adetokunbo, or Giannis Adetocunbo.
Since they are from Greece though, they pronounce it as GREEK way. So you pronounce his name as "Yannis Antetokumpo".
Various other spellings could be used, since Greek and Latin alphabets are different.
Basically, common, but really incorrect name can be spelled Giannis Adetokunbo or Giannis Adetocunbo. Correct proper spelling should be Ioannis Antetokpoumpo in way this is what would be translated from Greek passport to say FIBA registry.
Name is pronounced Yannis Antetokumpo, but in America, you would pronounce it Yanni Antetokumpo.
It's typical for this confusion with Greek player's names in USA. Spanoulis' name was always pronounced wrong in USA. Even Koufos' name is actually spelled wrong and is pronounced wrong in USA. Same with Nick Calalthes, etc. Hell, they even spelled Galis' name wrong in USA.