Are You a Basketball Trivia Expert?

By: Isadora Teich
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Basketball is a sport which takes stamina and skill, but how well do you know its ins and outs? Test your basketball trivia knowledge with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Which of these positions did Michael Jordan play?

Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the best shooting guard in NBA history. He also played these other two positions during his career, outfielder coming during a minor league stint with the White Sox.

Which player has the most points in a career?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored the most during his career. Over a 20-year career, he scored 38,387 points.

Which team won the first-ever NBA game?

The New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies in the first NBA game. It took place on Nov. 1, 1946.

Basketball was invented by:

The game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a physician. He put it together to help condition athletes during the cold winter months.

How tall is the tallest pro basketball player ever?

At 7'8'', Paul Sturgess is the tallest pro basketball player on earth. He has played in the British Basketball League.

__________ was the first player in NBA history to be elected league MVP by unanimous vote.

In 2016, after he led the Golden State Warriors to a record-breaking season as guard, Stephen Curry was unanimously voted the NBA's MVP. This was the first time there had been a unanimous MVP in basketball history.

Which team holds the record for losing the most games in a row?

Over the course of the 2010-2011 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers set a league record for most consecutive games lost. They lost 26 in a row.

Who scored the first three-point basket in the history of the NBA?

Chris Ford of the Boston Celtics scored the first three-point basket in NBA history. It occurred on Oct. 12, 1979, in a winning game against Houston.

The youngest player to score 10,000 points in the NBA was:

LeBron James was only 23 years and 59 days old when he scored 10,000 points. He was the youngest player to ever accomplish this.

Which NBA player was thrown out of a record-breaking number of games?

Vern Mikkelsen was one of the NBA's first power forwards. He was thrown out of a record 127 games.

Which team has had the longest winning streak in NBA history?

The Lakers won 33 games in a row during the 1971-1972 season. This is the most in NBA history.

Wilt Chamberlain finished his NBA career with the _________.

Wilt Chamberlain ended his NBA career by playing with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1968-1973. Before that, he had played for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The first Chinese player to play in an NBA game was:

Wang Zhizhi became the first Chinese player to play in an NBA game on April 5, 2001. He played for the Dallas Mavericks.

Which NBA player has won the most league MVPs?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the most league MVPs of any player. He won it six times over the course of his career.

How many points did LeBron James score during his first NBA game?

In his first game, LeBron James scored 25 points against the Sacramento Kings. This set an NBA record for most points scored by a prep-to-pro player in their first pro game.

Who was the shortest ever NBA player?

Point guard Muggsy Bogues stood at 5 ft 3 in tall. He was the shortest player in NBA history.

What were the first basketball hoops?

In the late 1800s, when basketball was invented, the original basketball hoops were intact peach baskets. Officials would have to get the ball after each basket.

Which player had the longest-ever NBA suspension?

Indiana Pacers player Ron Artest attacked fans after one threw a cup at him in 2004. He was suspended from 73 games and 13 playoff games, losing $7 million in salary.

Which NBA player shocked the sports world by retiring in 1991?

Magic Johnson unexpectedly retired on Nov. 7, 1991. He did so after letting it be known that he had tested positive for the HIV virus.

Which is the oldest NBA franchise?

The Sacramento Kings were founded in 1923. This makes them the oldest NBA franchise. They started as the Rochester Royals.

Who holds the record for most free throws?

Utah Jazz player Karl Malone holds the record for most free throws. He made 9,7,87 over the course of his career.

Who makes all the NBA uniforms?

Adidas manufactures the uniforms for every team in the NBA. Every player, whether they play with the Celtics, Lakers or Thunder wears uniforms made by this company.

How much does the average NBA player weigh?

The average NBA player weighs 220 pounds. They use about 760 calories during a 48-minute game.

Who was the youngest player to ever start an NBA game?

Kobe Bryant was only 18.5 years old when he started an NBA game. This makes him the youngest player ever to do so.

Are the Harlem Globetrotters part of the NBA?

The Harlem Globetrotters have entertained fans in over 100 countries since being formed in 1926. They are, however, not a part of the NBA.

What position did Magic Johnson play?

Magic Johnson was a point guard. At 6'9'', he was the tallest point guard in NBA history.

What is the most common basketball injury?

Given the height of the players and the jumping required, leg injuries are common. Ankles and knees bear the brunt of the punishment.

Which team has won the most games in a single season?

Over the course of the 1995-1996 season, the Chicago Bulls won 72 games. This is an all-time record for an NBA team.

_________ have won the most NBA championships.

The Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA championships. This includes 7 consecutive wins from 1960-1966.

Which player has won the most scoring titles?

Michael Jordan has won the most scoring titles of any player, with a total of 10. He won 7 of them consecutively.

___________ played in more NBA games and seasons than any other player.

Robert Parrish had a 21-year career from 1976-1997. He played in 1,611 games.

What percentage of NBA players go broke after retiring?

The future is often bleak for retired NBA players. 60% are broke and bankrupt within 5 years of retiring.

Stephen Curry is a:

Stephen Curry plays point guard for the Golden State Warriors. His career began in 2009.

The shoes associated with which basketball player were banned by the NBA?

Michael Jordan's Air Jordans are the best-selling basketball shoe of all time. The NBA banned them and fined Michael Jordan for wearing them to play. He kept wearing them and paid the fine after every game.

How many years did Allen Iverson play?

Allen Iverson played for 14 seasons, his last being the 2009-2010 season. He spent most of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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