Can We Guess What Position You Played In Basketball?

By: Zoe Samuel

Can We Guess What Position You Played In Basketball?
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About This Quiz

You would not know it from its contemporary image, but the sport of basketball has been around since the 1890s. Basketball was the invention of a physical educator in Springfield, MA, who needed a sport that would keep kids active during the winter, which was particularly brutal in New England. The sport evolved over time, moving from peach baskets to metal rings with netting. The 1970s gave the NBA its first superstars. The 1980s and 1990s provided the NBA it's biggest superstars, and the 21st century has given the sport players who break all the traditional molds of what people expect is possible from a player.

Sports are encouraged in society in part because they are seen as useful for building character. Sports teach teamwork, discipline, and spur personal growth. Business leaders often point to their time as student-athletes as the source of the personal growth that made them successful. Specific sports tend to encourage specific qualities, and basketball is no different. We think that if we ask you some questions, we can determine which position you played when you played basketball when you were growing up. Do you think our analysis can point to your varsity position? Take the quiz and find out!

In the workplace, how detail oriented are you?
I'm all about the details.
Not too detail oriented
Fairly detail oriented
About the average, I'd think.

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"Team player" is often code for "person who takes orders." Are you a team player?
Always
Usually
Sometimes
Never

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How much do you like to showboat?
I tend not to.
I like to do it sometimes.
I like to do it a lot.
I literally don't know what it is anymore, because it is so tied up in my behavior.

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How ambitious are you about your job?
Not at all
Fairly
About average
Very

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How educated are you?
I have a bachelor's degree.
I have an associate's degree.
I have a high school diploma.
I have a graduate degree.

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Other than basketball, what sports do you play?
Football
Baseball
Track and field
Weight lifting

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How diverse is your circle of friends?
Very
About the average
Not at all
Above average

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How easily do you adapt to uncomfortable situations?
Without help? It's hard.
I don't find it too difficult.
I think it's pretty easy.
If there's something I can do, I'll just do it.

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Can you describe how much you'd agree or disagree with the statement "I like to spend as much time as possible around other people"?
I strongly agree with that.
I somewhat disagree with that.
I disagree, almost completely.
I mostly agree with that.

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Which of these musical artists do you identify with the most?
Mozart
Eminem
Elvis Presley
Louis Armstrong

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How do you decorate your home?
It's all neat and modern.
It's shabby but organized.
It's highly stylized and a bit weird.
I leave it to someone else.

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Do you have something you think about a lot, that you're not proud of, but that it's likely you and you alone know about at this point in history?
Two things, yes
I have a few things like that.
No, nothing
Only one thing

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Do you feel someone can be a good sportsman and take dives?
Sure
Maybe
No
Most of the time

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Which of these do you think is the best hall of famer?
Sam Jones
Wilt Chamberlain
Julius Erving
Billy Cunningham

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Which of these defensive strategies do you think is best?
Full court press
Box-and-one
Man-to-man
Zone defense

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How do you prefer to commute to work?
Bike
Walk
Public transport
Drive

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Forget about their teams for a second: in which of these cities would you most like to live?
Chicago
Seattle
New York
Los Angeles

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How involved are you in the lives of your family members?
I see them regularly.
Not very involved
Very involved
I don't see them at all.

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How long was your longest romantic relationship?
A year
10+ years
Four years
Three months

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Did you ever consider that you were good enough to be a pro basketball player?
Briefly
No, never
In high school
I still do!

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How often do you like to overhaul your style?
Every five years or so
Never
I do it constantly.
Every six months

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How many languages do you speak?
2
4
3
1

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What's your favorite streaming service?
Hulu
Amazon
Netflix
Acorn

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What's your number one technical skill?
DIY
Computer hardware
Microsoft Office
Auto repair

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What do you do for a living today?
Management
Freelancing
Creative
Technical

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When was the last time you played a pickup game?
Last week
Earlier today
A few months ago
Years

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How are you at Horse?
About average
Few are better.
Great
Awful

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How often do you get the yips?
Never
Frequently
Occasionally
I have them right now.

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How's your golf game?
Terrific!
Pretty good
Terrible
It's okay.

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How do you feel about people who bend the rules?
As long as they don't bend them too much, it's fine.
It's ideal.
I admire them a bit.
Why bend when you can break them?

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You Got:

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