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NBA Players Who Changed Their Names

Can you guess 12 NBA players who legally changed their names during their careers?
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Last updated: July 25, 2022
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Old Name
Year
Reason for Change
New Name
Lew Alcindor
1971
Religious reasons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Warren Armstrong
1971
To reflect his African roots
Warren Jabali
Walt Hazzard
1972
Religious reasons
Mahdi Abdul-Rahman
Don Smith
1974
Religious reasons
Zaid Abdul-Aziz
Chris Jackson
1993
Religious reasons
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Olivier Saint-Jean
1997
Religious reasons
Tariq Abdul-Wahad
Brian Williams
1998
To honor his Cherokee and African heritage
Bison Dele
Maybyner Hilário
2003
Legally changed his name to his nickname
Nenê
Ron Artest
2011
To inspire and bring youth together all around the world
Metta World Peace
Jeff Pendergraph
2013
Changed to biological father's surname
Jeff Ayres
Sheldon McClellan
2017
Changed his name with the blessing of his mother
Sheldon Mac
Enes Kanter
2021
To celebrate US citizenship
Enes Freedom
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