Can You Identify One Player on Each NBA Team?

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Beth Hendricks

6 Min Quiz

Image: Wikicommons by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA

About This Quiz

Did you ever play the character guessing game called "Guess Who?" In an attempt to be the first to guess the mystery character correctly, each player would choose a character and then take turns asking questions like, "Does your person have a mustache?" The NBA has become a lot like that. No sooner does an NBA roster come together, it dissolves, thanks to trades, free agency and new draft picks. If you're not paying close attention, you could find yourself asking, "Does your team have a six-time NBA All-Star?" or "Does your roster have a guy with bad knees?" (Sorry, D. Rose.)

The NBA has become a giant chess match to see who can assemble the team "most likely to win the next NBA title," the team "most likely to take down LeBron" or the team "most likely to have major midseason drama." (We're looking at you, Boston Celtics.) 

So, let's see how much attention you've been paying to the NBA's "movers and shakers" this off-season. Do you know where Kyrie is? What about Anthony Davis? Who's the new guy in New Orleans? See if you can identify just one NBA player from each of the league's 30 teams. Our team is counting on you!

Which of these stars famously signed with the New Jersey Nets in the 2019 off-season?

Kevin Durant ended his short-lived career as a Golden State Warrior in July 2019, signing with the Brooklyn Nets after much speculation about where the two-time NBA Final MVP might land post-Oakland.

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A new addition to the New York Knicks, this former Duke Blue Devil was college roommates with Zion Williamson. Who are we talking about?

The friends and former college roommates will square off during the 2019 season – wearing opposing team colors for the first time in their basketball careers. Barrett was taken by the Knicks as the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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If there was a trash-talking honor, this Philadelphia 76ers would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Who is he?

Joel Embiid is not shy about saying what's on his mind, which is probably easier when you're 7 feet. tall and weigh 250 pounds. He has been with the 76ers since he was drafted No. 3 overall in 2014.

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After Kawhi's exit, this Toronto Raptors player will have to help carry the load for his team. What is his name?

Kyle Lowry was part of the Raptors team that won Canada's first-ever NBA Championship in 2019, but he's on his own now after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. Lowry played college basketball at Villanova.

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For a while, you were as likely to see this Cleveland Cavalier on the arm of a Kardashian as you were to see hin on the basketball court. Which player are we talking about?

Tristan Thompson famously (or perhaps, infamously) dated Khloe Kardashian, with whom he had a baby in April 2018. His behavior off the court has been fodder for celebrity gossip sites and social media.

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The most famous thing about this Detroit Pistons athlete is probably his knees, unfortunately. Who is this frequently injured star?

Derrick Rose, or D Rose as his fans know him, has been no stranger to injury during his decade-long NBA career. Knee problems have plagued him since the 2010 season, for which he won the NBA's MVP award.

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He's on the Indiana Pacers roster now, in the same state where he won honors as the Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year. Who is he?

Victor Oladipo played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers and has made his way back to the Hoosier State to play for the Pacers. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, earning the honor in both 2018 and 2019.

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This Milwaukee Bucks player is better known by his nickname – the "Greek Freak." Who are we referencing?

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been with the Bucks since he was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2013. Born in Greece, Antetokounmpo played for a semi-pro team, Filathlitikos, before going to work in the NBA.

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After a successful career at the Univerisity of Oklahoma, this athlete put in his first season of work with the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. Who is he?

Trae Young was highly-touted for his basketball prowess while attending the University of Oklahoma. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and used as part of a trade package, eventually landing in Atlanta.

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This new Charlotte Hornet spent the first part of his NBA career as a Boston Celtic. Who are we talking about?

Terry Rozier has more experience as a Boston Celtic than a Charlotte Hornet, having just been traded to his new team in July 2019. Rozier played college ball at the University of Louisville.

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He bounced around a little before landing with the Miami Heat this season. Who is this former Marquette player?

Jimmy Butler began his NBA career in Chicago, where he was drafted by the Bulls. Since then, he has been a bit of a gypsy, playing for the Timberwolves and the 76ers each for a single season, before signing with the Heat in July 2019.

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The No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which of these players is now with the Orlando Magic?

There has been quite a bit of movement in Philly as team officials work to build just the right team. Fultz was part of that equation when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2017, but the relationship was short-lived when he was traded to Orlando.

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This player was born to athletic parents; his dad played professional football. Who is this Chicago Bulls star?

Zach LaVine is a relatively new addition to the Chicago Bulls, having played previously for the Minnesota Timberwolves. His father played professional football, while his mom competed in softball at the college level.

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A five-time NBA All-Star, this Washington Wizards athlete is likely to miss the entire 2019 season with an injury. Who is he?

John Wall has been with the Washington Wizards for the duration of his NBA career, which began in 2010. Rehabbing an Achilles injury is likely to cost Wall at least some – or all – of the 2019 season.

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This Denver Nugget is following in his famous father's NBA footsteps. Who are we referencing?

Bol Bol is the son of Manute Bol, a 7 feet, 7 inch center who amassed 1,600 points during his NBA career. Bol Bol played at the University of Oregon before being drafted by the Heat, then traded to the Nuggets, in 2019.

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Now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, he is only the second Canadian ever to be drafted No. 1 overall in the NBA. What is his name?

Born in Toronto, Andrew Wiggins attended high school in both Ontario and at a college preparatory school in West Virginia before being drafted No. 1 overall in 2014. Wiggins was named Rookie of the Year in 2015.

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You're as likely to see the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in a State Farm commercial as you are with a basketball in his hand. Who is this multi-talented guy?

Chris Paul is another of those NBA players who hasn't stayed long in one place. He was been with New Orleans, Los Angeles, Houston and now, Oklahoma City. Paul has been appearing in State Farm commercials since 2012.

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He's a Portland Trail Blazer by day and a rapper by night. Which of these athletes just released his third album, "Big D.O.L.L.A."?

Damian Lillard, or Dame D.O.L.L.A. as he's known in the hip-hop world, is a point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. He is a four-time NBA All-Star who earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.

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The Memphis Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer is now with the Utah Jazz. Who is he?

So much for loyalty, eh? Mike Conley Jr. found himself part of a trade package between the Grizzlies and the Jazz in the 2019 offseason. Conley is the son of Mike Conley Sr., who earned both gold and silver medals in track and field.

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He's one-half of the "Splash Brothers," with both a dad and a brother who have NBA experience. Which Golden State Warrior are we talking about?

Let's face it: If you don't know who Steph Curry is, you've probably been living under a rock somewhere. Curry is the undisputed leader of the Golden State Warriors, leading them to three NBA titles.

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"The Claw" is now a Los Angeles Clipper. Who does this nickname belong to?

After leading the Toronto Raptors to their first-ever NBA title, Kawhi Leonard (known as "The Claw") made tracks out west to join the Clippers. Leonard is originally from Los Angeles so, apparently, you can go home again.

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We can't get over this new Los Angeles Lakers' unibrow (sorry.) Who does it belong to?

At least Anthony Davis knows how to capitalize on his look. The unibrow that makes him so identifiable to so many has become part of Davis' brand. In 2012, he trademarked the phrases, "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow."

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This Phoenix Suns player became the league's youngest-ever player with bak-to-back 50-point games. Who is he?

Devin Booker, the former University of Kentucky Wildcat, made the NBA record books in March 2019 when he became the youngest player ever to record back-to-back 50-point games. Booker was just 22 years old at the time.

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He's a Sacramento King now, but he has previously been with the Knicks, Magic, Lakers, Rockets, Hornets, Suns, and Wizards. Who is this well-traveled athlete?

Trevor Ariza has gotten a lot of sightseeing done since his NBA career began in 2004. After playing college ball at UCLA, Ariza was drafted in the NBA Draft's second round. He has one NBA Championship to his name.

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This member of the Dallas Mavericks was the NBA's Rookie of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. What is his name?

Don't underestimate the Slovenian basketball player known as Luka Dončić. Dončić earned Rookie of the Year honors in his first NBA season, which he spent with the Dallas Mavericks.

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You might remember this Boston Celtics player from his gruesome ankle and leg injury broadcast on live television. Who is he?

Poor Gordon Hayward. He was in the first quarter of his first game as a Boston Celtic when he landed wrong on his left leg, sending viewers scrambling to cover their eyes. The injury ultimately sidelined the the All-Star forward for nearly a year.

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The newest member of the Houston Rockets has been reunited with his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate. Who is he?

After spending his entire career (since 2008) in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook was acquired by the Houston Rockets in the 2019 offseason. The move reunites him with his friend and former teammate, James Harden.

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He's a member of the Memphis Grizzlies with eight – count 'em, eight! – NBA All-Star nods. Who is he?

Dwight Howard is an eight-time NBA All-Star, The 2019 season is his first in Memphis. Howard has previously been a member of the Magic, Lakers, Rockets, Hawks, Hornets, and Wizards. Shew.

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Perhaps the most talked-about No 1. draft pick since LeBron James, who is the newest member of the New Orleans Pelicans?

New Orleans Pelicans fans have big plans for Zion Williamson in his first season – the 2019 season – in the Crescent City. For his part, Williamson is happy to oblige, telling fans after the draft, "Let's dance!"

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This San Antonio Spurs athlete has two gold medals for his participation in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Who are we talking about?

DeMar DeRozan was a member of both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic teams, earning gold medals for both performances. When he's not winning awards on the world stage, he's a second-year member of the Spurs.

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