Sometimes a player comes in to the NBA with a backstory made for greatness. It's almost like he was meant to be a professional athlete, just so we can know where he came from. One of those special players is Cartier Martin(notes), who just joined the Washington Wizards.
You might be wondering what makes him so special — it's his name.
According to the Washington Post's Michael Lee, Martin was named after "The Cartier Affair," a made-for-television movie from 1984. Since I was named after a short-lived soap opera from the same era, I get it. Sometimes the most awesome names come from the strangest places.
But it can't just be Cartier Martin who got his excellent name from something his mom watched while she was pregnant. In fact, I'd guess there are a bunch of players who have television- or movie-inspired names. Here are the most likely candidates:
• Dwyane Wade(notes) (named after Dwayne Wayne from "A Different World," a television series that ran from 1987-1993): Even though Dwyane Wade was born five years before the show first aired, this one seems pretty obvious to me. I mean, all you have to do is look at how they dressed to see the connection.
• Mardy Collins(notes) (named after "Mardy," a Filipino movie from 1969): Duh, why wouldn't an NBA player be named after a Filipino drama starring Bebong Osorio? I'm actually surprised more players aren't.
• Monta Ellis(notes) (named after the Monty Python comedy troupe): Rather than just completely co-opt the name, it's likely that Monta Ellis was given his name because his parents were huge fans of the "Flying Circus" series. However, they probably hated the comic strip "Monty," hence the slight change.
• T.J. Ford(notes) (named after "T.J. Hooker," a cop show that ran from 1982-1986): Though "T.J." stands for Terrance Jerod, it's probable that his parents shortened his name because they love William Shatner. Who doesn't?
• J.R. Giddens(notes) (named after J.R. Ewing from "Dallas," one of the most famous soap operas ever): Back in 1985, when J.R. Giddens was born, "Dallas" was one of the most popular television shows of all time. Following 1980's "Who shot J.R.?" drama, parents were trying their best to work those initials in to their children's names like crazy. It's not too hard to assume the Giddens family did the same.
I'm sure there are more. Furthermore, I'm sure that if you search hard enough, you guys will be able to crack the code. Let us know who we missed in the comments.
(h/t: Mr. Irrelevant)