Washington Wizards sign up Latvian basketball star Pasečņiks

The Washington Wizards basketball franchise has signed Latvian center Anžejs Pasečņiks to a multi-year contract, the official National Basketball Association (NBA) website reported January 12.

“AP has worked tremendously hard with our coaching staff during his time in summer league, with the Go-Go and with the Wizards and his development has shown great progress,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard.

Pasecniks appeared in 12 games (two starts) with the intriguingly named Capital City Go-Go earlier this season, averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting .604 from the field.

He was a member of the Wizards’ 2019 Summer League team, where he appeared in four games (two starts) and averaged 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

He is currently averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting .512 from the field in 13 games for the Wizards after signing a two-way deal with the team on Dec. 18,

He joins the likes of Dāvis Bertāns and Kristaps Porziņģis among Latvia's current NBA crop.

However, the suggested pronounciation by the NBA of his name as "ahn-ZEHS pa-SESH-niece" is slightly bizarre. We'd suggest something more along the lines of "AHN-zheys PASS-etch-nyiks"

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