Every NBA writer — I would hope — knows how to spell Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s first and last name by now. It’s a uniquely challenging to spell far beyond the likes of Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry. But some fans are still having trouble getting it exactly right when it comes to online voting for the 2017 All-Star Game, and now Antetokounmpo says it’s costing him votes.
But is he correct?
The NBA released their first tallies in voting — including those garnered using the #NBAVote hashtag — and Antetokounmpo had 500,663 votes, trailing only Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James for forwards in the East.
The same issue, if true, has likely plagued guards Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.
But there is a ray of hope.
The NBA league office responded to NBC’s request for clarification on the issue, saying the Globe is correct in that minor spelling errors will be accounted for in terms of voting.
This would make more sense, given that people would misspell names like Embiid to Embid, Lowry to Lowery, Dwyane to Dwayne, Isaiah to Isiah, and Antetokounmpo to Antetoukomounkiosmoinmpounmpo.
So the only remaining question is how minor of a spelling error you’ll make when trying to vote for Antetokounmpo.
To sidestep the issue, teams are now urging people simply to tag the handles of players they want to vote for rather than risking spelling their name wrong while voting.
So, no, Giannis isn’t losing out on half a million votes due to misspellings. If you do want to vote for the Greek Freak, maybe just hit him up on Twitter? His handle is @Giannis_An34.