With the 2014 NBA Draft in the books, and the projected top picks—Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid among others—now comfortably wearing their team's caps on their head, it's time to shift the focus on the less popular names on the draft.
Specifically: The names that make sports commentators think twice before pronouncing. Toni "Kukok," anyone?
Last year, we had the likes of Giannis Antetokoumpo, Trevor Mbakwe, Myck Kabongo, and Vitalis Chikoko. What does 2014 bring in terms of tongue-twisting names? Below's our list, along with (what we think is) the proper way to pronounce them!
1) Nik Stauskas (6-6, 207, SG, Michigan)
Picked #8 by Sacramento
Projected to be: A hybrid who has the sweet shooting of former Euro great Drazen Petrovic and the brashness of a young Manu Ginobili. Highlights here!
2) Doug McDermott (6-7, 220, SF, Creighton)
Picked #11 by Chicago
Projected to be: College's top scorer, being groomed to become Derrick Rose's scoring mate. Highlights here!
3) Dario Saric (6-10, 225, SF/PF, Croatia)
Picked #12 by Orlando, traded to Philadelphia
Projected to be: A project. Will be staying for two years in Turkey to mature. Highlights here!
4) Jusuf Nurkic (6-11, 280, C, Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Picked #16 by Denver
Projected to be: The second coming of Minnesota Timberwolves' center Nikola Pekovic. Highlights here!