One of the reasons I’m spotlighting Giannis Antetokounmpo is because I love his game, view him as a poor man’s Kawhi Leonard, and have visions of him blossoming this year if Jason Kidd stops doing his best Larry Drew impersonation.

Although he’s starting to fill the stat sheet with regularity, he’s still a highlight waiting to happen and we can’t overlook his overall entertainment value. Case in point: The play last weekend where he covered half the court in one move against the Pistons. Was it a walk? Probably. Did it look badass? You bet your Mokeski it did.

But the real reason is for the betterment of humanity and Giannis himself. Has there ever been an athlete’s name that was more difficult to pronounce? It’s so bad that he was smacked with a nickname (The Alphabet) the second he was drafted because people were too lazy to look up how to say his name.

Even after a whole year in the league no one knows how to say it, players, coaches and announcers included.

So here it is:

Yee-an-es Ant-tet-toh-koomp-oh.

You can also hear Antetokounmpo say it the right way, and his teammates say it the wrong way, in this hilarious video.

Never say it wrong again. Especially if you ask someone in your league to trade him to you in person or on the phone.

Here’s some more wing-a-ding-dings:

Gerald Henderson – Why am I so into the idea of Gerald Henderson being good? Could be because his pappy played on some of my favorite Sixers’ squads growing up. Could be because he was the 12th pick in the 2009 draft and his potential just seems so big. This year, he’s been way off the radar, but if you look at his game log, when he gets minutes he produces. He had 18-5-3 on Nov. 17 against Dallas, 15 points and five boards on Nov. 26 against Portland, and 14 points and four assists on Saturday in Atlanta. I’m not saying to run out and grab him. But what I am saying is watch his minutes, and if they stay over 30 for a few games in a row, get out there and scoop him up. Veggie wing.

Gordon Hayward – I’m gonna beat up on the kid some more. The same day last week’s column ran, Gordie plopped a 2-11 for 6 points in a 97-95 home loss against Chicago. In his next game, at Oklahoma City, Hayward dropped 24 but had eight turnovers in a 97-82 beatdown. And in his most recent game, on Saturday, Hayward had his typical blowup game, pouring in 30 points on 11-18 from the field and 4-5 3PT … but the Jazz got crushed at home by the Clippers, 112-96. My book on Hayward right now says this: Very good but wildly inconsistent fantasy producer, not very good for his team in real life. Salt & Malt Wing at Panoony’s Pizza & Wings, Brownsville, Indiana.

James Ennis – Deep league alert! It’s true that his minutes are minimal, but as anyone with a cavernous roster in a league of 16 or more will tell you, minutes are minutes. Aside from some of the meaningful minutes he’s been getting lately, you can also count on ample garbage time given the amount of blowouts in the NBA this year. And we’ll be seeing more of those blowouts in Miami now that Dwyane Wade is back. Wing with Cuban seasonings.

Jeremy Lamb – Why is it that he always craps the bed when he needs to produce to get run (when Russell Westbrook first joined Kevin Durant on IR) but then when it doesn’t matter he goes off (13 and 21 points in his last two games; 6-7 from three-point land in the last two). I could see him blossoming, though, so don’t click him off your Watch List just yet. Wing on someone else’s plate.

Jimmy Butler – Did the Butler do it? Yes he did, especially since we pimped him in last week’s Wing Specials. Starting with his Nov. 24 game at Utah, Jimmy went for 25, 32, 22 and 26. I predicted that the best scenario for him to flourish would be if Pau Gasol played and Derrick Rose sat. But we’re seeing a new wrinkle, where Butler might just be at his scoring best when Gasol plays and Rose plays a secondary, facilitator-type role. Will Rose accept this? Can’t say for sure. Stay tuned. Hot wing served by super-hot Hooters waitress.

Joe Johnson – Here’s J.J.’s last eight games in 10-year-old speak: Turd, decent game, turd, decent game, turd, meh game, decent game, turd. I say wait until he strings together three decent-to-awesome games and sell high. He’s done. Wing that’s been sitting in the fridge for a week and gots ta go.

K.J. McDaniels – How is this guy only 34 percent owned? The hype is for rizzle! Yes, the Sixers blow donkey. Yes, the points won’t be super easy to come by. But as a hustle player on maybe the worst team ever – and one that has no scorer – K.J. will get all the minutes and shots that he wants. He followed up his last strong game off the bench (18 points against Brooklyn) with a 21-13-2 on 2-3 from three-point range in his first game as a starter. Wing wit’.

Shawn Marion – I don’t know what it is, but I really dig dudes who have weird positional eligibility. The OF/C in baseball. The WR/RB in football. And anyone who has any combination of point guard and shooting guard along with one or more forward slots. With a SG/PF/SF designation (which he proudly and arbitrarily earned on Nov. 19), Marion certainly qualifies. As the Cavs starting off guard, he also gets meaningful minutes, but I have to think Yahoo is (finally) right about something this year, and that Cleveland’s clueless coach will finally come to his senses and find another option. Two connected wings, aka a Matrix.

Wesley JohnsonWestbrook is back. Durant is about to be back. So what does that have to do with Wes Johnson? Well, if you had one of the Wings of OKC (Lamb, Anthony Morrow, etc.) on the end of your bench, you can cut them loose, pick up Johnson, and barely miss a beat. He’s been in double digits in two straight games, and you can always count on him for a handful of rebounds and assists along with a few 3PTers, steal or maybe even a block every game. Spare wing.

  1. Wen says:
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    Hi Pete, should I drop Kelly Olynyk for Danilo Gallinari or Ersan Ilyasova? Who has better ROS value? Thanks for advice.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Wen: Ersan

  2. Manshi Shah says:
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    14 team 9 cat h2h- Danilo or Frye?

    MY TEAM: 14 Team H2H League 9 Standard Categories (Daily Lineup)

    PG- MCW, Elfrid Payton, Goran Dragic

    SG- Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams

    SF- Chandler Parsons, Kawhi Leonard, Corey Brewer

    PF- Nikola Vucevic, Jared Sullinger, Danilo Gallinari

    C- Roy Hibbert, Jonas Valanciunas

  3. samuel says:
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    You think I would be OK giving up Parsons and MCW for Marc Gasol?

    Roster:

    Lowry, Kemba, MCW, Knight, Mo Williams
    Stephenson, Giannis, Parsons, Durant
    Bosh, Sullinger, Jordan Hill, Plumlee.

    • Pete Nice

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      @samuel: I wouldn’t, MCW will get better.

  4. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Kyle Korver or Jeff Green for the long haul?

    TIA. Always fun reading up. Go Razz!!!

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @Sneaky Pete: Green fo shizzle

  5. nont says:
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    would you take kyle lowry or john wall for Roto ?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @nont: Lowry

  6. fields says:
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    8 cat roto, should I trade my Darren Collison for Wade? My FG% is terrible.

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @fields: I like Collison a lot. Wade seems like he could get injured again, or “injured” again, at any moment.

      • fields says:
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        @Pete Nice: I’m also way over on my games played pace, so I need a few quality starts.

  7. hamtime says:
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    1. parsons + hill for jrue?
    2. parsons + lowry for wall + tele?
    3. dirk + chalmers for griffin + Tross?

    • Pete Nice

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      @hamtime: maybe deal one.

      • hamtime says:
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        @Pete Nice: was deal 3 too one sided? i accepted the blake side because i was worried about dirk’s dnps and chalmers with wade. forgot to mention this is for a 16 man league with 11 cats (off/def rebs and ast/to)

  8. harv says:
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    Do you think giannis is worth starting now?

    • Pete Nice

      Pete Nice says:
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      @harv: yea I think he’s arrived. Could be a few more stinkers here and there but it Kidd sticks with him he’ll flourish

  9. Tyler says:
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    Hey Pete, would you drop tjones for one of the FAs below?

    Oquinn
    McBob
    James Johnson
    Patterson
    Fournier(waivers)
    Tony Allen
    Motiejunas(waivers)
    Gallinari
    Ed Davis
    Beverley (inj)
    George Hill(inj)
    Kevin Martin(inj)

    Im also stashing rubio btw.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Tyler: I mean if your league is deep enough that you could let him float around out there for a few weeks you could always take a roll on the likes of Gallinari, just to get some production.

  10. Steven says:
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    Couple questions. Im in a 10 team head to head point league (so am concerned with total fantasy point from all sources, not winning categories).
    1. Am I Correct in assuming Mo Williams crazy numbers are unsustainable and more importantly that he will go back to near irrelevance once rubio is back? I picked up Williams as a free agent about a week ago but I feel like I should “sell high” while he is still putting up gaudy numbers. Might even be able to pull off a trade Williams for rubio straight up, or throw in wiggins who I was about to drop anyway. Would that be worth it long term?

    2. I dropped Kelly Olynyk for k.j. Mcdaniels (though I would like to pick Olynyk back up if I can move wiggins and mo Williams 2for1). Is mcdaniels for real? Seems like he should be starting at the 2 but do you think he loses all aloe once Wroten is back?

    3. Derozan and tony Wroten were just dropped in my league. Long term who is the better play? My gut is derozan (assuming he doesn’t have surgery and is back in a month). I have MCW on my team and I just don’t see he, mcdaniels, and Wroten maintaining value and it seems Wroten should be odd man out but will grab him instead of derozan if you suggest.

    • Pete Nice

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      @Steven: That’s a good idea on Mo Williams. If Rubio is out, Williams plays and produces. But I have to think Flip goes with the lineup of the future, which features Rubio at the point, A LOT, long-term. Good move on Daniels, he’s still relevant Wroten or no Wroten. And yes, that was a good grab. Wroten will have value but too many turnovers and bad FG and FT %.

  11. Lawson says:
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    Hi man! Im thinking about some changes in my roster on a 16 team league.

    Holiday, Conley, Payton, McLemore, Batum, Fournier, LeBron, T.Jones, Dray Green, Ed Davis, Favors, O´Quinn and Sanders.

    Matt Barnes, Vince Carter, Mason Plumlee, Dj Augustin, Jameer Nelson, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, Napier/Cole, Hollis Thompson, James Johnson, Devin Harris, Kidd-Gilchrist, Alex Len, Rasual Butler, Papanikolau, Schroder, Patterson, Muhammad…

    Im being a bit stubborn with Payton but I drafted him a bit early and I had hopes on him, I guess McLemore wont play like this for long but I wont cut him at least some really good SG with 3s appears. Is still earl and I just got him but O´Quinn can be another candidate to leave.

    Depending on how the injury and the rotation goes I guess I should get Nelson instead of Payton (I need 3s). Also checking on O´Quinn I might drop him for Patrick Patterson/James Johnson/Kidd-Gilchrist?

    • Lawson says:
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      @Lawson: I forgot to say: Thanks for your help!

      • Pete Nice

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        @Lawson: Yeah I would add McLemore over Payton, and either JJ or MKG over O’Quinn.

        • Lawson says:
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          @Pete Nice: I have McLemore, the question is one of the others or Nelson for Payton.

          • Pete Nice

            Pete Nice says:
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            @Lawson: Yeah Nelson looks good.

  12. Dirk's Digglers says:
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    updated thoughts from a Hayward owner… I’m happy as he is currently 14th ranked player on BBM for our league settings at a value of $24 … I paid $19 for him at auction this year hoping for him to be somewhere in 40-50 range … he is clearly outperforming that expectation so far and it seems sustainable … his assists are down a little which would be my only gripe so far

  13. Lasandro says:
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    I’m a huge KJ wing guy myself but surely his usage will go poop once Wroten returns no?

    • Lasandro says:
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      I owned giannis for a while on my 8 team 14-cat L till I dropped him. He’s fine but couldn’t stand the lack of threes and blocks. If he turns it around I’ll grab him but not quite sure if he’s good enough for such a shallow league just yet no?

      • Pete Nice

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        @Lasandro: Yea you’re probably OK leaving Giannis out there in a shallow league. I just have high hopes for him. And no I disagree on KJ. He is a SF, Wroten is a SG. Plenty of shots and points to be had there.

  14. Dom says:
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    Fun read Pete

    Big lead in points and assists, need help elsewhere in 8 category roto. For Wednesday; KJ McDaniels or Greek Freak? Thanks

    • Pete Nice

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      @Dom: I say go with the Freak for an up and down affair against the Mavs. And a prediction: If Nerlens plays, Sixers get their first win in Minny!

  15. Wen says:
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    Hi Pete, Paul Pierce is dropped in my league. Should I drop J.J. Redick, Courtney Lee or Kelly Olynyk for him? I am leaning towards Kelly Olynyk. Thanks for advice.

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