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Clippers use ridiculously steep arc to fit Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s last name on jersey (photo)

Lawrence Frank, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Doc Rivers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jerome Robinson, hold their new team jerseys as they pose for photos with Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank, far left, and head coach, Doc Rivers, far right, as they are introduced as the newest Clippers guards at the L.A. Clippers Training Center in Los Angeles on Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


In NBA history, there have been eight players with at least a 15-character last name (including spaces):

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (16)
  • Butch van Breda Kolff (15)
  • Jan van Breda Kolff (15)
  • Martynas Andriuskevicius (15)
  • Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (15)
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (15)
  • Michael Carter-Williams (15)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (15)

They’re no match for Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has an 18-character last name.

The Clippers had to go to extreme angles to get Gilgeous-Alexander’s name onto the back of his jersey. We already saw this humorous setup when Gilgeous-Alexander held up a jersey in his post-draft press conference (see above), but the jersey looks even more absurd on his back.

Darren Rovell of ESPN:

It doesn’t help that Gilgeous-Alexander is so lanky. As he bulks up, maybe this won’t stand out quite so much.