Hoch and Crowder: Precious Achiuwa loves and embraces his unique name

The Heat forward joined Hoch and Crowder ahead of his rookie season
Heat rookie Precious Achiuwa with Memphis in 2020
Heat rookie Precious Achiuwa with Memphis in 2020 Photo credit © Joe Rondone | 2020 Jun 25

The newest member to the Eastern Conference Champions arrives in Miami with a unique skill set. The No. 20 pick in the draft is a 6-foot-9 forward that can score, rebound, block and defend but more unique than any of his on-the-court skills? His name.

“I love it,” Precious told Hoch and Crowder on Tuesday about his name. “I think it is unique … it is something that gets your attention.”

Crowder jokingly told Achiuwa he can’t call another man “Precious” so he is taking the route that Heat teammate Andre Iguodala tweeted on draft night:

The 21-year-old has five brothers and sisters, all of which also have interesting names: three brothers named God's Will, God’s Gift and Promise. And he has two sisters, Grace and Peace.

“They’re all names you don’t hear anywhere. They are all conversation starters,” Precious joked. “At first they probably think you’re trying to be funny … it is not a translation from any other language. It is English.”

For Precious and his family, their unique names never really felt unique, or different, it was “just normal to us.”

Listen to Precious Achiuwa talk to Hoch and Crowder about loving his name here:

For more from Precious on how he thinks he fits with the Heat, his relationship with Tyler Herro and what he already loves about Miami, listen here: