Can You Identify These Current NBA Stars From a Photo of Their Face?

By: Gavin Thagard
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Can You Identify These Current NBA Stars From a Photo of Their Face?
Image: Portland Trail Blazers via YouTube

About This Quiz

The popularity of basketball has increased significantly since the '80s after the rivalry between Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson took the sport to a whole new level. Michael Jordan came along in the '90s and became the first true global icon of the NBA, even earning his own shoe brand that still outsells every other major basketball shoe brand in the world. 

There are the current NBA stars who have benefited from the greats of the past as the game has turned into a worldwide phenomenon. These players have their faces posted everywhere, from billboards to internet memes, and even tattooed on people's bodies. That's why NBA fans shouldn't have a hard time recognizing them.

Are you truly an NBA fan, or are you just a pretender who casually watches games when nothing else is going on? Will you be able to recognize not only your favorite players but also the stars across the entire league? After all, there's a chance those players in Portland may be the first to come to mind despite their insane skill level. 

When you're ready to give this quiz a shot, get started and see if you can identify the biggest names around the league.

1 giannis Named the NBA MVP in 2019, who is this current star?
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Known as the "Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo truly is an anomaly on the court. Despite standing nearly 7 feet tall, Antetokounmpo has the ball handling skills of a point guard and the ability to slam it down from the free-throw line.
LeBron James
James Harden
Stephen Curry

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3 lebron james One of the only players currently compared to Michael Jordan, which NBA star do you see here?
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for eight straight seasons with the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers. From those eight appearances, James walked away with three NBA championships.
Anthony Davis
Blake Griffin

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5 stephen curry This player revolutionized the NBA with his deep three point shot. What's his name?
Damian Lillard
Bradley Beal
Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP and a three-time NBA champion. However, he hasn't played his best basketball in the NBA Finals, evident by the fact that he hasn't been awarded a Finals MVP.
Kyle Lowry

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6 anthony davis Do you recognize this NBA star who was moved to the Los Angeles Lakers when the 2019 season ended?
Paul George
Anthony Davis
The first overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Anthony Davis has lived up to the hype in the regular season, but that hasn't translated into the playoffs quite yet. His move to Los Angeles will give him the opportunity to play alongside another star, LeBron James.
Chris Paul
Russell Westbrook

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7 kawhi leonard Few stars try as hard on both ends of the court as which one shown here?
James Harden
Blake Griffin
Joel Embiid
Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard has taken down two of the most dominant playoff teams in NBA history: the 2014 Miami Heat and the 2019 Golden State Warriors. Those two playoff victories have given Leonard the only two titles of his career.

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8 chris paul What is the name of this floor general who has yet to win an NBA title despite his high skill level?
Chris Paul
Though he can score and defend, Chris Paul really shines on the basketball court when it comes to setting up his teammates. He has led the NBA in assists four times in his career, holding a career average of over nine assists per game.
Damian Lillard
Kemba Walker
Klay Thompson

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9 russell westbrook How well do you know this star who's one of the fastest players from end to end in the NBA?
James Harden
Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook was only the second player ever and the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple double for a season. To add to his greatness, however, Westbrook did it for three straight seasons.
Paul George
John Wall

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10 paul george A two way forward who was in the MVP conversation last year, which star is this?
LaMarcus Aldridge
Damian Lillard
Karl-Anthony Towns
Paul George
After a few seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Paul George showed he could be a star in the NBA. However, he suffered a devastating leg injury in training camp for the U.S. National Team that forced him to miss most of the 2014-15 NBA season. He wouldn't return to form until his next season with the Pacers.

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11 james harden Is this offensive powerhouse a player you're familiar with?
James Harden
James Harden has benefited greatly from the new NBA rules that favor offensive players, particularly in the regular season. He has struggled in the playoffs, however, when defenses play tougher basketball and referees let more contact go.
Blake Griffin
Bradley Beal
Joel Embiid

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12 blake griffin Identify this star who was once part of "Lob City" in Los Angeles?
DeAndre Jordan
DeMarcus Cousins
Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin began his NBA career as a high flying monster, who could grab alley-oops and slam them down from anywhere around the basket. He changed his game in recent years, though, and has developed a three-point shot to help him fit into the modern NBA.
Kevin Love

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13 joel embiid This player can both trash talk and back it up. Who is he?
LaMarcus Aldridge
Kemba Walker
Dwight Howard
Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers suffered a devastating loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Embiid's conditioning was called into question, which has inspired him to focus on getting in better shape heading into the 2019-20 season.

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14 damian lillard What's the name of this All-Star caliber point guard who plays with the Portland Trail Blazers?
Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard had a great run in the first two rounds of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. However, in the Western Conference Finals, his Portland Trail Blazers went down in four games to the Golden State Warriors.
Kyle Lowry
John Wall
CJ McCollum

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15 bradley beal Can you select the right name for this star shooting guard?
John Wall
Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal has carried a Washington Wizards team that has struggled to find much success due to salary cap issues. Beal made his second straight All-Star Game in 2019, however, showing that he can be a major piece in a championship contender team.
Kyle Lowry
Kemba Walker

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16 lamarcus aldridge You might recognize which player depicted here for being one of the few stars left on the San Antonio Spurs?
Jimmy Butler
Andre Drummond
LaMarcus Aldridge
When LaMarcus Aldridge first got to the San Antonio Spurs, expectations were high because he had the responsibility of replacing Spurs legend Tim Duncan. Aldridge ended up finding his own role on the team and has been a big reason they keep making playoff appearances.
Rudy Gobert

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17 demarcus cousins Are you able to identify this player who can score at will when he's healthy?
Dwight Howard
DeMarcus Cousins
While recovering from an injury, DeMarcus Cousins signed a one year deal with the Golden State Warriors in 2018. He became a significant contributor to the team, but injuries to other players kept the Warriors from winning their third straight championship.
Klay Thompson
Kevin Love

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18 kyle lowry Pick out the name of this NBA star who helped the Toronto Raptors win an NBA title in 2019.
Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry isn't the flashiest player on the court, but he is one of the most determined. A double-digit scorer with a high basketball IQ, Lowry is one of the best at orchestrating an offense.
Karl-Anthony Towns
John Wall
Ben Simmons

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19 kemba walker He's a gifted scorer from the point guard position. Do you know this player?
John Wall
Jimmy Butler
CJ McCollum
Kemba Walker
Prior to joining the pros in 2011, Kemba Walker won the NCAA championship with UConn. During that run to the championship, Walker put on some stellar performances and was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

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20 dwight howard How well do you know this big man who has found himself on multiple rosters in recent years?
Karl-Anthony Towns
Kevin Love
Dwight Howard
There was a time when Dwight Howard was an MVP candidate and one of the most dominant players on both ends of the court. Though he can still produce at a high level, his inability to shoot three-pointers has been somewhat of a detriment for the big man in recent years.
Andrew Wiggins

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21 klay thompson He is one of the best three-point shooters in the league. Who is this?
Ben Simmons
DeMar DeRozan
Klay Thompson
Even though he had a stellar start to his career, Klay Thompson really exploded onto the scene in the 2012-13 season, the year he broke the record alongside Stephen Curry for the most threes by an NBA duo. They topped that record each of the next two seasons, finally winning an NBA title in 2015.
CJ McCollum

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22 john wall Which star point guard for the Washington Wizards is this?
Khris Middleton
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Love
John Wall
John Wall is undoubtedly an All-Star caliber player when he's on the court, but he has spent much of the last two seasons recovering from injuries. Considering he signed a huge four-year deal in 2017, the Washington Wizards can only hope he gets back to form.

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23 karl-anthony towns Few young stars have as much hype around them as which one depicted here?
Karl-Anthony Towns
Coming out of Kentucky, Karl-Anthony Towns was the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. In his first season, Towns averaged 18.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, earning him the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Andrew Wiggins
Andre Drummond
Ben Simmons

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24 kevin love Is this veteran forward a player you recognize?
Nikola Jokic
Kevin Love
Prior to joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love was an MVP candidate with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, once he joined LeBron James, Love had to take a step back and fit into a different role as they competed for championships.
Rudy Gobert
Al Horford

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25 nikola jokic Select the name of this big man who always makes the right play on the court?
Paul Millsap
Jusuf Nurkic
Rudy Gobert
Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic can do it all as a big man, but it's his vision that separates Jokic from other centers on the court. Always willing to set up his teammates, Jokic averaged 7.3 assists over the course of the 2018-19 season.

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26 andrew wiggins Can you identify this young player who has a ton of potential if he can keep improving?
Andrew Wiggins
After signing a five-year contract extension worth $148 million with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins' heart has been called into question because he hasn't lived up to the contract. If he couldn't stay healthy would be one thing, but Wiggins' problem is more about consistency.
Ben Simmons
DeMar DeRozan
D'Angelo Russell

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27 andre drummond He's a rebounding machine. What's this star's name?
Rudy Gobert
Andre Drummond
Though he can score in the double digits, Andre Drummond's main focus has always been on the boards. He has led the league in rebounds three times in his career and has a career average of 13.7 rebounds per game.
Al Horford
Tobias Harris

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28 ben simmons All this point guard is missing from being an MVP-caliber player is a jump shot. Who is he?
Khris Middleton
Devin Booker
Ben Simmons
Because of his size, ball handling skills and court visions, many analysts thought Ben Simmons would be the next LeBron James. He hasn't quite reached that level, though, because he can't shoot the ball from the outside to keep defenses honest.
Andre Iguodala

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29 jimmy butler Are you familiar with this star who exudes passion for the game?
Jimmy Butler
Looking to play for a title contender, Jimmy Butler forced his way out of Minnesota in 2018. He was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he became a closer for the team in the fourth quarter.
D'Angelo Russell
Draymond Green
Mike Conley Jr.

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30 cj mccollum Do you recognize this star who shot lights out in the 2019 playoffs?
DeMar DeRozan
CJ McCollum
It took CJ McCollum three years to work his way into a starting role with the Portland Trail Blazers. Once he earned that spot, however, he proved his worth, averaging over 20 points per game every year since he became a starter.
Devin Booker
Tobias Harris

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31 rudy gobert Identify this center who is a defensive force underneath the basket.
Derrick Rose
Pau Gasol
Draymond Green
Rudy Gobert
With a 7 feet, 9-inch wingspan, Rudy Gobert has the ability to clog the lanes on the defensive side of the court. Offensive players have a difficult time getting shots off over him, as he swats away ball after ball when they go up.

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2 kyrie irving Can you identify this point guard who has some of the nastiest ball handling skills in NBA history?
Chris Paul
Kemba Walker
Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers after reaching the NBA Finals three times with the team. He hoped to lead his own squad to a title, as he was the sidekick to LeBron James in Cleveland, but he hasn't quite been able to do that yet.
Russell Westbrook

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32 devin booker Which player shown here is one of the few bright spots on the Phoenix Suns?
Mike Conley Jr.
D'Angelo Russell
Devin Booker
Evidence of Devin Booker's potential was shown in 2019 when he scored at least 50 points in consecutive games against the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. Unfortunately, his team lost both of those games.
Paul Millsap

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33 demar derozan A four-time All-Star, which player is this?
Andre Iguodala
Khris Middleton
DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan helped the Toronto Raptors reach the playoffs for five straight seasons. However, these appearances were during LeBron James' reign over the Eastern Conference, and the Raptors never made it to the NBA Finals.
Al Horford

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34 tobias harris How well do you know this star who can shoot three-pointers as well as any forward?
Tobias Harris
Knowing they needed more three point shooting to complete the process in Philadelphia, the 76ers traded for Tobias Harris in 2019. The trade wasn't enough to get them to the NBA Finals, but they are one of the favorites going into the 2019-20 season.
JJ Redick
Paul Millsap
Mike Conley Jr.

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35 khris middleton This player will have to keep improving if the Milwaukee Bucks want to reach the NBA Finals. Who is he?
Malcolm Brogdon
Khris Middleton
For a second-round selection, Khris Middleton has definitely played beyond expectations. He finally made his first All-Star Game in 2019 after averaging 18.3 points, six rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Eric Bledsoe
Derrick Rose

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36 al horford What's the name of this player who's one of the most well-rounded stars in the NBA?
Pau Gasol
Jayson Tatum
Gordon Hayward
Al Horford
Prior to joining the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2019 offseason, Al Horford played for the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks. He helped each team reach the playoffs every season, except in 2014 with the Hawks.

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37 dangelo russell Can you identify this young star who made his first All-Star Game in 2019?
D'Angelo Russell
D'Angelo Russell came into his own during the 2018-19 season, making his first All-Star Game with the Brooklyn Nets. However, following the season, the Nets acquired Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, so they traded Russell to the Golden State Warriors.
Draymond Green
Eric Bledsoe
DeAndre Ayton

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38 andre iguodala Known for making big plays in crucial moments, is this a star you're familiar with?
Paul Millsap
Mike Conley Jr.
Shaun Livingston
Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala isn't one of the most glamorous players in the league, but he is one of the most accomplished. A three-time NBA champion, Iguodala was named the Finals MVP in 2015 after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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4 kevin durant Are you familiar with this two-time Finals MVP, who is a dangerous offensive threat?
Paul George
James Harden
Kawhi Leonard
Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors was heavily criticized by both his peers and analysts across the league. It wasn't that he left the Thunder but was more the fact that he joined a team that had won 73 games the year before.

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39 derrick rose Are you familiar with this star who has proven he can still be a threat even after tearing his ACL?
Jayson Tatum
Derrick Rose
There was a time when Derrick Rose was one of the most athletic players the NBA had ever seen, even winning the NBA MVP in 2011. That season, Rose was electric on the court, averaging 25 points and 7.7 assists per game.
Gordon Hayward
Jaylen Brown

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40 draymond green Do you know the name of this defensive stud?
Paul Millsap
Mike Conley Jr.
Draymond Green
Draymond Green has been an integral part of the Golden State Warriors' three NBA championships. Green plays both ends of the court and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Ricky Rubio

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