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Basketball Trivia Questions

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Who is the longest tenured NBA head coach with the same team? Gregg Popovich

What future NBA star was dubbed "Boy Gorge" when his weight passed 300 pounds in college? Charles Barkley.

Who was the first player to record back-to-back 50 point games in the 2000s? Antawn Jamison 

Who is the youngest NBA player to score 30,000 points? Kobe Bryant

Who was the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season? George Yardley 

What seven-foot-two Chicago Bulls hoopster was the first Australian to lay in the NBA? Lue Longley

Everyone knows about Dr. J, but do you know his real name? Julius Erving 

What franchise has played in the most NBA finals since 1947? The Lakers.

Who netted an NBA record 72.7 field goal percentage in the 1972-73 season? Wilt Chamberlain. 

This 6-10 center won the MVP in back-to-back years in the early 80s with different teams. He also started a trend of going pro straight out of High School. Who was it? Moses Malone 

What Chicago Bulls coach has checked into hotels under the pseudonym "Mr. Red Cloud"? Phil Jackson.

What Lakers coach had been an 11th-round pick in the 1967 NFL draft? Pat Riley.

What two NBA players won the MVP trophy three times each from 1986 through 1992? Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

Which player known as the "Glove" was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013? Gary Payton

How many times was Julius Erving an all star MVP? 2 

What sports team got its name because its owners wanted to "set the pace" in the NBA? The Indiana Pacers. 

Between 1989 and 1998, how many different players won the NBA's rebounding title? Three 

What L.A. Lakers great might have played for Chicago if the Bulls had called "tails" in a 1979 NBA coin toss? Magic Johnson 

Who was the first ever NBA lottery pick? Patrick Ewing 

Which former ABA team is the only one to have won an NBA title? Spurs

What team was the first to win 3 NBA titles in a row since the Celtics in the 60's? Bulls

Which European was the 2002 Rookie of the Year? Pau Gasol

Which team in 2012-13 was the oldest in NBA history? Knicks

How many titles did the Celtics win in a row starting in 1959? 8

Which two teams selected players ahead of Michael Jordan? Houston and Portland 

Who set the record in 2013 for most 3-pointers in a NBA Finals series? Danny Green

What player did the Boston Celtics draft between won-lost seasons of 29-53 and 61-21? Larry Bird.

Who won the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013? Marc Gasol

Who was the undersized center on the Washington Bullets team that won the 1978 NBA Championship? Wes Unseld 

Which team lost to the Celtics all 6 times they played the NBA Finals in the 60's? Lakers

What is Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points in a game? 100 

What college did 2012 #1 pick Anthony Davis go to? Kentucky

Who was the first hoopster to win eight NBA scoring titles? Michael Jordan.

Who was the player who led the BAA in scoring in the league's very first season? Joe Fulks 

What was the first team to have both the Slam Dunk contest and Three-point shootout champions in the same year? Miami 

When I retired, I had played in more games than any other player, and won three rings as part of the Boston "Big Three" in the '80s. I have scored over 20,000 career points. Who am I? Robert Parish 

What was the original name of the NBA? BAA 

What 20th-century decade saw the NBA adopt the 24-second shot clock? The 1950s. 

How many times have the Magic won the NBA Lottery? 3

Who was the last Boston Celtics coach to lead the team to two straight NBA titles? Bill Russell.

What 1960 rookie bested the league's "triple double" record of two during his first week in the NBA? Oscar Robertson.

What basketball team was the first in major league sports to be named for an insect? The Charlotte Hornets. 

How many games were played in the 2013 NBA Finals? 7

What NBA team started out in 1948 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks? The Atlanta Hawks. 

Who is the oldest NBA player to win a championship? Robert Parish

What Indiana Pacer did Knicks fan Spike Lee anger during the 1994 playoffs by calling him "Cheryl"? Reggie Miller.

Isiah Thomas was a basketball great that played for the Detroit Pistons. What was his number? 11 

What team won the 1956-57 championship? Boston Celtics 

I was drafted 1st overall in 1985 out of Georgetown. I played for three NBA franchises in my career, but never won a championship. I was also a part of the Dream Team. Who am I? Patrick Ewing 

What NBA team is named after a car part? The Detroit Pistons.

Who was elected the President of the NBA players association in 2013? Chris Paul

What NBA team failed to make the playoffs in 1994 for the first time since 1976? The Los Angeles Lakers.

What NBA star attempted a record 28,307 field goals in regular season games? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

What Baltic country did Portland Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis play for at the 1996 Olympics? Lithuania.

What two NBA stars did Forbes list as the highest paid athletes for 1994? Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal 

What NBA coach got cosmic by penning the Zen book Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior? Phil Jackson 

Which team did Allen Iverson NOT play for? Knicks

What NBA team became the first to defeat the Boston Celtics in 12 straight games, in 1995? The New York Knicks.

Who became the NBA's winningest coach ever on January 6, 1995? Lenny Wilkins

How many times has Ray Allen been named an All-Star? 10

How many rules did Dr. Naismith start the game of basketball with? 13 

What year was the last time the Knicks had won a playoff game before 2012? 2001

What city did the Lakers play in before moving to L.A.? Minneapolis

Who did Isiah Thomas punch in the back of the head, breaking his own hand? Bill Laimbeer 

What NBA team plays home games at a facility nicknamed "The O-rena"? The Orlando Magic

What NBA team is know in China as "the Red Oxen"? The Chicago Bulls.

Who earned $32 million of his $36 million 1993 earnings from endorsements? Michael Jordan.