Can You Identify the NBA Team If We Give You Three of Their Current Players?

Jonnathan Chadwick

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About This Quiz

Between the buzzer beaters, triple overtimes, no-look passes, slam dunks and Game 7s, the NBAs players entertain the world. The league is the world's greatest reality show, and its athletes are some of the most popular. Unlike football or hockey, NBA stars aren't covered in pads and helmets, and unlike baseball or soccer fields, basketball courts are highly accessible. Front-row tickets at a basketball game will put you close enough to have a conversation with your favorite player during the game.

Each NBA team has about 12 men on its roster and a few more on the practice squad. Across all 30 NBA teams, the 2018-19 season kicked off with 494 active players. Some players get traded, some players get fired, some players get injured and some players get benched, so there's no telling how many active players finished the season, but there's a lot of players to choose from nevertheless. If you're a die-hard fan, you can probably identify any team based on just one player.

So do you know where the Splash Brothers play? What about The Beard? What about The Brow? We won't give you the city or the mascot, just the name of three current players. Do you think you'll be able to identify the team? Put your NBA skills to the test here.

Neither Danilo Gallinari nor Patrick Beverley nor Lou Williams made the 2019 All-Star team, but they led what team to the NBA Playoffs?

Patrick Beverley was drafted No. 42 overall and Lou Williams was drafted 45th, but both players are considered the best in the league at their specific specialties. Williams is one of the best off-the-bench scorers in the game, and Beverley is notorious for his smothering defense.

What Midwest team does Victor Oladipo, Tyreke Evans and Myles Turner play for?

Victor Oladipo's full name is Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo, and he was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, going to the Orlando Magic. He then played with Russell Westbrook in OKC before being traded for Paul George in 2017.

Kevin Durant joined the Splash Brothers, the duo that includes Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, in 2016 and won back-to-back NBA championships on what team?

The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominate NBA team of the 2010s and appeared in five straight finals from 2015 to 2019. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were given the nickname "Splash Brothers" because of their three-point shooting.

Anthony Davis has likely played his last season alongside Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle for what expansion team?

Anthony Davis was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2012 draft and has played his entire career in New Orleans. He becomes a free agent in 2019 and is unlikely to stay with the Pelicans. The team holds the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.

Tyson Chandler, JaVale McGee and Brandon Ingram all play on what West Coast team?

The Los Angeles Lakers are in full rebuilding mode, and there's no telling what they will do next. Chandler joined the team by way of Phoenix, and McGee used to play for the championship Golden State Warriors.

2019 NBA MVP front-runner Giannis Antetokounmpo (aka the Greek Freak) is teammates with Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton on what team?

Giannis Antetokounmpo hails from Athens, Greece and the 6'11'' athlete has the post-up moves and dribbling skills to play every position on the floor. He was drafted 15th overall after playing pro ball in Greece.

Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and Robin Lopez are tasked with bringing the first championship to this team since Michael Jordan did.

The Chicago Bulls franchise has won six championships in NBA history, and they all came in the 1990s when Michael Jordan led the team to two separate three-peats. The team has struggled mightily since and hasn't made the NBA Finals since he left.

Tobias Harris, J.J. Reddick and T.J. McConnell give what team one of the deepest rosters in the league?

The Philadelphia 76ers have one of the deepest rosters in the league with multiple current and former NBA All-Stars, but Harris, Reddick and McConnell aren't guaranteed to return to the roster after 2019.

Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum were expected to bring what team to the 2019 NBA Finals?

The Boston Celtics fought seven hard games in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals against the Lebron-led Cavaliers and were expected to make the NBA Finals in 2019. They didn't even make it to the conference finals, and the fate of the team's roster is up in the air.

Rookie Michael Porter Jr. recently joined Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray on this Rocky Mountain team?

Michael Porter Jr. was one of the best high school basketball players in the country, but after a back injury forced him to sit out almost the entirety of his one year at the University of Missouri, he dropped to the 14th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Where do Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and DeAndre Ayton play?

Devin Booker scored 70 points in a game against the Boston Celtics in 2017 and became just the sixth player in NBA history to score at least 70 points in a single game. The Suns drafted Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol are Eastern Conference contenders on what team?

It was rumored that Kawhi Leonard would depart San Antonio for Los Angeles after the 2018 season, but instead he was shipped all the way up north to Toronto. He, Lowry and Gasol have led the Raptors to one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Dwyane Wade played his last NBA season with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic on what team?

Dwyane Wade won an NBA championship with Shaq in 2006 and back-to-back championships with Lebron and Bosh in 2012 and 2013. The future Hall-of-Famer retired from the Miami Heat after the 2019 season. He's considered one of the best shooting guards in NBA history.

The star of a hit rap song, Mo Bamba, plays with Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic for what franchise?

Mohamed Bamba played one year for the Texas Longhorns before joining the NBA's Orlando Magic in 2018. He was drafted sixth overall, and he's friends with rapper Sheck Wes, who's 2017 hit track "Mo Bamba" is named for the NBA center.

After a year of speculation, LeBron James decided to team up with Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo on what West Coast squad?

For an entire year, NBA fans and players wondered where LeBron James would go once he became a free agent, and once he lost in the 2018 Finals, he decided to join the son of outspoken businessman Lavar Ball, Lonzo, in Los Angeles.

Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins round out a stacked roster for what NBA team?

Andre Iguodala was the NBA Finals MVP in 2015 when he came off the bench for the Golden State Warriors and helped lead the team to its first championship in 40 years. Green was drafted by the team in 2012, and Cousins joined the team in 2018.

Michael Conley Jr., Chandler Parsons and Jonas Valanciunas play together on this team that was once located in Canada.

The Vancouver Grizzlies were created in 1995 and were located in Canada until 2001 when they moved to Memphis. Mike Conley was drafted fourth overall in 2007, and he signed a five-year, $153 million deal in 2016, which was the league's biggest contract at the time.

Steph Curry's younger brother Seth plays with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for what rival?

Mr. and Mrs. Curry flip a coin when the Warriors play against the Trailblazers to decide which son they will root for. The Warriors most recently swept the Trailblazers in the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

Frenchman Rudy Gobert, Spaniard Ricky Rubio and American Donovan Mitchell are the leaders of what Western Conference team?

Rudy Gobert was drafted 27th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets but was traded to the Utah Jazz on draft night. At 7'1'' with a 7'9'' wingspan, he's one of the best defenders in the league and is a throwback to old-school centers.

LeBron James left Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson to fend for their own on what NBA team?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in complete rebuilding phase. After J.R. Smith infamously messed up a crucial play in the 2018 NBA Finals, he came back to a LeBron-less Cavs, a brand new coach and no idea what's going to happen next

Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. are all first-round draft picks that play for what historic team?

The New York Knicks have had three lottery picks in the past five years and haven't won the NBA Draft Lottery since its inception in 1985. They selected Knox ninth overall in 2018 and Ntilikina eight overall in 2017. They selected Kristaps Porzingis fifth in 2015 but traded him for Smith Jr.

Twenty-year veteran Vince Carter plays with rookie Trae Young and Alex Yen on what East Coast team?

Vince Carter began his NBA career in Toronto in 1998 and has played for eight teams since. He is most famous for his 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest victory and for dunking over a 7'2'' opponent during the 2000 Olympic Games.

This team has a thing for European players, listing Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on its roster.

Dirk Nowitzki played 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and joins Kobe Bryant as the only two NBA players to play at least 20 seasons with the same team. Doncic was drafted in 2018, and Porzingis was acquired from the Knicks shortly after.

The All-Star lineup of Joel Embid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons lead what historic franchise?

The international duo of Simmons (Australia) and Embid (Cameroon) is one of the premiere forces in the NBA. With the addition of Jimmy Butler, they are expected to make a serious run for the NBA championship in the near future.

De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Marvin Bagley III play for what California team?

Willie Cauley-Stein and De'Aaron Fox both played their college ball at the University of Kentucky and Marvin Bagley III played for Coach K at Duke. The Sacramento Kings named former Lakers coach Luke Walton as head coach in 2019.

DeMar DeRozan moved from Toronto and joined LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills on what team coached by Gregg Popovich?

When the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis for the 2001 season, the Raptors became the only Canadian NBA team. DeRozen started his career in Toronto but was traded for Kawhi Leonard in a blockbuster off-season deal.

What team does Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters play for?

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra actually began his career as a player-coach in Germany before climbing the ladder from video coordinator to assistant coach to head coach of the two-time NBA Championship Miami Heat. He also led the Heat to four consecutive Finals appearances.

D'Angelo Russell moved across the country from Los Angeles to join Jarrett Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie on what East Coast team?

D'Angelo Russel was drafted No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. In 2016, he secretly filmed a teammate admitting to cheating on his fiance and posted it online. In 2017, he was traded all the way across the country to the Brooklyn Nets.

Blake Griffin recently moved from Hollywood to the Motor City to join Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson on what team?

The Los Angeles Clippers once featured a prime trio of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, but after Paul and Jordan left, Griffin was soon to follow. He now plays for coach Dwane Casey in Detroit.

Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown are the heart and soul of what team?

Both Rozier and Brown were first-round draft picks by the Boston Celtics and Al Horford joined the squad by way of the Atlanta Hawks in 2016. The trio is beloved in the city of Boston and functions as the team's backbone.

New Zealand native Steven Adams and California native Russell Westbrook welcomed Paul George to what team?

Russell Westbrook was originally teammates with MVP Kevin Durant and MVP James Harden before Harden and Durant left Oklahoma. Westbrook has played with Adams for several years, and Paul George joined the squad a couple seasons ago.

Legendary Spur Tony Parker moved east to join Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum on what team?

Tony Parker was born in Belgium and played basketball in France before being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. He won four championships and played with the team until 2018, when he signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

Chris Paul splits time with James Harden and Eric Gordon on what Western Conference contender?

James Harden (aka The Beard) has not been able to get past the Golden State Warriors and bring the Houston Rockets to an NBA Championship. That was supposed to change when Chris Paul joined the team, but they still haven't made it.

Dwight Howard recently joined John Wall and Bradley Beal on what East Coast team?

The Washington Wizards was known as the Washington Bullets between 1974 and 1997 but was changed to the Wizards because of the city's high crime rate and negative connotation of the name. Wall, Beal and Howard have all made All-Star games.

Duke champion Tyus Jones plays with Kentucky grad Karl-Anthony Towns and Derrick Rose on what team?

Tyus Jones played for Duke University and won the 2015 NCAA National Championship his freshman year. He was drafted in 2015 and his teammate, Towns, was drafted No. 1 overall that same year. Wiggins was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers a year earlier.

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