In today’s NBA, it seems that every game a new record is broken and set. Most of these milestones involve statistics. Bol Bol, who is projected to be selected within the top 20 of the 2019 NBA Draft, is seen to tie two records even before stepping foot on an NBA court. And the record does not involve basketball statistics.
As observed by Reddit user PyroDZN, Ed Leede, who played for the Boston Celtics from 1949 to 1951, holds the record for the fewest unique letters in an NBA player’s name with three.
However, come the 2019 NBA Draft, the record will be tied by 19-year-old Bol Bol, who’s projected to go between 10th to 15th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Yet further research revealed that Ed Leede’s full name is, in fact, Edward Horst Leede. Bol Bol’s full name meanwhile is Bol Manute Bol. Given these technicalities, it seems that both of them will hold the unique letter record.
Yet given the intricate details of the record, one should expect arguments from both sides. They might ask for the record to be defined and filled with the utmost specificity.
The unique letter record might still not be a lock for Bol and or Leede. But for Bol, he will become the only NBA player with the same first and last name. This is a record he should be proud of. A record is still a record, after all. Only a few are chosen to play in the NBA. Only a handful are destined to tie records.