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Giannis "_____" Antetokounmpo: In search of a proper nickname

If his given name is just too much for you to handle early in the season, don't worry! We have come up with a list of nicknames for you to use instead!

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It's only been two weeks since Bucks 18-year-old rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo has been able to procure NBA experience, and he's already becoming one of the league's most talked-about young prospects. The virtually unknown prospect out of Greece is making a name for himself already, even if it is slightly hard to pronounce at first.

With this surprising buzz around Antetokounmpo, folks are rushing to give him a nickname or title because, well, that's just what we do these days.

It started when Giannis made a nifty move in transition, faking in one direction with one foot, but hopping back over to the other to leave the defender in his tracks and score the basket. Our own Frank Madden dubbed that the ''gyro-step." Golf claps, Frank. Well done.

Then came "The Alphabet," coined by Bucks radio play-by-play man Ted Davis. It was a pretty decent nickname, but it just didn't feel right. If you were to say "Dang [supermodel girlfriend or boyfriend name], The Alphabet really played well tonight," they'd respond with something like, "Who is that again? You know what? These confusing nicknames have led me to believe that you are unstable and can't be trusted. I don't know who you are anymore. We're breaking up." In other words, it just didn't quite fit, ya know?

Anyways, in order to allow for less confusion that leads to both more enjoyable basketball viewing experiences and potentially healthier relationships, I have constructed a list of nicknames for everyone to use at their leisure if saying Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes too cumbersome for your daily basketball discourse.

As a caveat: I admit that I am not perfect. There is a very good chance that I've missed a hidden gem. So if you have one that you'd like us to consider using, drop it in the comments.


  • My Big Fat Greek Upside
  • Chobgianni Yogurt
  • Tygreek Evans
  • Jolly Greek Giant
  • Greece Lightning
  • Greece Witherspoon
  • Greeced up Deaf Guy
  • The Greek Myth
  • The Anomaly (courtesy: Mr. Dan Sinclair)
  • The Ceryneian Hind
  • Blocrates
  • Opa!
  • Alpha
  • Omega
  • Delta
  • (Any Greek Letter, really).
  • Zeus
  • Feta World Peace
  • Gyro
  • Mount Olympus
  • Pita Parker