Can You Match the Current NBA Star to His Team?

By: Gavin Thagard

Can You Match the Current NBA Star to His Team?
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About This Quiz

Known as the era of player empowerment, the current NBA is full of roster changes, as the top stars around the league have more say than ever about where they will play basketball each season. This new approach to the game differs substantially from past decades, where most stars stayed with one team throughout most of their career if not all of it. Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers are two examples. 

All these roster changes, of course, can be disheartening to some fanbases, especially those small-market teams where no one wants to play. The fear of constant mediocrity might lead to changes in the future, but for now, fans have to continue to play the guessing game on where players will be each season. 

Are you ready to find out if you know where these stars around the league are currently playing? There were a lot of moves in the 2019 offseason, so you might be stumped when it comes to the location of a few of these NBA stars. 

If you think you have a grasp on the current NBA landscape, prove it to everyone by taking your best shot at this quiz.

Lebron James LeBron James reigned supreme over the Eastern Conference for years until he finally moved to which team?
Spurs
Clippers
Jazz
Lakers
In his first season with the Lakers, LeBron James missed the playoffs after suffering an injury that kept him out for part of the season. However, James has three years left on his contract, so he still has a chance to put the Lakers back into championship contention.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Where does reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo play?
Bucks
It took Giannis Antetokounmpo a few seasons to settle into his role as an NBA star with the Milwaukee Bucks, but once he arrived, he was one of the best players in the game. In the 2018-19 season, Antetokounmpo averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Heat
76ers
Raptors

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James Harden Do you know on which team James Harden has been lighting up the scoreboard?
Trail Blazers
Rockets
James Harden has been one of the best regular-season players since he joined the Houston Rockets, but he has struggled in the playoffs. His performance in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals left many to question if he can handle pressure in big moments.
Mavericks
Suns

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Steph Curry Steph Curry has found a home as the leader of what squad?
Thunder
Pelicans
Warriors
Steph Curry is a shooting machine who revolutionized the game with his three-point range while playing for the Golden State Warriors. Curry is a danger to hit a big shot anytime he crosses the half-court line, meaning defenses can't give him an inch of space.
Knicks

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kawhi leonard Where did Kawhi Leonard sign in the 2019 offseason?
Clippers
Kawhi Leonard finished the 2019 NBA Playoffs by winning his second NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors. After winning the Finals MVP, he had several teams seeking his talents, but he settled on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Heat
Hawks
Nets

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Russell Westbrook He's of only two players to average a triple-double. Russell Westbrook is currently playing for which franchise?
Thunder
Rockets
Despite critics saying he's in decline, Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine the past few seasons. He could still work on his jump shot, particularly from three, but he'll have plenty of shooters around him after being traded to the Houston Rockets.
Heat
Magic

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Kyrie Irving Can you match Kyrie Irving to his current team?
Celtics
Cavaliers
Bulls
Nets
Kyrie Irving couldn't make it work with the Boston Celtics, as he tried to be the leader of a young team. Now, he's moving to Brooklyn, where the lights are much brighter and the sportswriters are much less forgiving.

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Chris Paul Are you able to place Chris Paul on his current team?
Rockets
Heat
Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder hit the reset button after they were knocked out in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Part of their offseason moves required that they take on the contract of Chris Paul, who's still good but not what he once was.
Knicks

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Jimmy Butler Jimmy Buttler brings his intensity to what roster in the 2019-20 season?
Pistons
Heat
The Miami Heat haven't really been in contention for a title since LeBron James left in 2014. They also haven't had a player on their roster as good as Jimmy Butler. He's no LeBron, but Butler can be a good piece to build around.
Kings
Pacers

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Kevin Durant Did you watch enough of the NBA offseason moves to know where Kevin Durant will be nursing his Achilles injury in 2019?
Nets
Rather than sit out and watch his team lose the 2019 NBA Finals, Kevin Durant decided to make a comeback from a calf strain. The two-time Finals MVP ended up hurting himself even worse with an Achilles tear. Now, the Brooklyn Nets have to wait for him to recover before they get to see him on the court.
Kings
Wizards
Warriors

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Ben Simmons Are you familiar with where Ben Simmons recently signed an extension?
Hornets
Grizzlies
76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers have a young group of stars, including Ben Simmons, to build a title-contending team after years of tanking to get high draft picks. If the "Process," as they called it, doesn't pay off, then fans might look back on those losing years as a waste.
Nuggets

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Klay Thompson Which fanbase gets to watch Klay Thompson light it up?
Pelicans
Mavericks
Celtics
Warriors
Klay Thompson has already won three championships with the Golden State Warriors. Rather than trying to build a team elsewhere, he re-signed with the Warriors on a five-year contract worth $190 million.

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Zion Williamson Who drafted Zion Williamson to play for their franchise in 2019-20?
Hornets
Knicks
Pelicans
After the departure of Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans lucked out in the NBA draft lottery by acquiring the number-one-overall pick. They used the pick to get the college phenom Zion Williamson to go along with their young core.
Suns

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Joel Embiid After a devastating postseason loss, Joel Embiid will try to improve his game to help what team reach the NBA Finals?
Spurs
Magic
Bulls
76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the 2019 NBA Playoffs by the Toronto Raptors on a last-second shot in Game 7. After the game, Joel Embiid was visibly upset, a display of the passion he has for the sport.

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Damian Lillard Do you know where Damian Lillard has risen to stardom?
Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard has developed into a star over the years while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, the team that drafted him. Currently, Lillard is one of the best big shot makers, possessing the ability to pull up from anywhere past half court.
Heat
Wizards
Kings

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Nikola Jokic Will you be able to match Nikola Jokic to his current team?
Suns
Nuggets
Nikola Jokic isn't the flashiest star in the NBA, but he makes the Denver Nuggets a formidable team. The big man always makes the right play, whether it's hitting an open three or setting up a teammate with an easy layup.
Mavericks
Celtics

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Kemba Walker Kemba Walker will be leading which team going forward?
Celtics
Kemba Walker is one of the best ball handlers in the NBA, with a lethal crossover dribble that leaves defenders two steps behind him. He will start the 2019-20 season having to replace Kyrie Irving on the Boston Celtics, who might be the only player in the league with better handles.
Pelicans
Hornets
Pacers

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Blake Griffin Where is Blake Griffin catching lob passes for slam dunks?
Bulls
Cavaliers
Magic
Pistons
During his final few seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin transitioned from a power dunker into a jump shooter. Some have criticized this change in style, but he did average the most points of his career with the Detroit Pistons last season.

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LaMarcus Aldridge He's playing good basketball in his 30s. Which franchise has LaMarcus Aldridge signed to their roster?
Grizzlies
Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs needed a replacement for their all-time great player Tim Duncan, so they brought in LaMarcus Aldridge. He has similar skills to Duncan on offense but isn't quite the same defensive threat considering Duncan made 15 All-Defensive Teams during his career.
Jazz
Heat

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Karl-Anthony Towns Do you remember who signed Karl-Anthony Towns to a huge contract prior to the 2018-19 season?
Raptors
Wizards
Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves got a new-age center when they drafted Karl-Anthony Towns who can both put the ball on the floor and shoot threes. However, Towns has yet to prove he has a complete game by putting in the work on defense.
Nets

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Bradley Beal Can you match Bradley Beal to his current team?
Grizzlies
Mavericks
Heat
Wizards
The Washington Wizards thought they found the future of their franchise when they signed John Wall to a huge contract, but injuries have kept the point guard from living up to expectations. Luckily, Bradley Beal has come into his own, making two All-Star Games the past two seasons.

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Paul George - Thunder Paul George completed a power duo when he joined what team?
Trail Blazers
Clippers
After requesting a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George has become a poster boy for player empowerment. The Los Angeles Clippers don't mind, however, as now they have a championship contending team.
Pacers
76ers

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Anthony Davis Who traded for Anthony Davis at the end of the 2018-19 season?
Thunder
Hornets
Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have a history of signing superstar caliber big men, including Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. Anthony Davis has been added to that list — at least if he can live up to expectations.
Rockets

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Rudy Gobert Where does Rudy Gobert, one of the best defenders in the league, suit up for games?
Jazz
A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert makes the Utah Jazz one of the best defensive teams in the league. Add in his increased point total last season and the Jazz should have a chance at making a run at the NBA Finals.
Pistons
Celtics
Kings

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Draymond Green Few players are as versatile on the court as Draymond Green, who plays for which franchise?
Lakers
Pelicans
Warriors
Draymond Green has been a central piece in the four title runs for the Golden State Warriors since 2015. The Warriors walked away with three of those titles before losing to the Toronto Raptors in 2019.
Knicks

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Victor Oladipo - Pacers For what team does Victor Oladipo make a playoff contender?
Pacers
Victor Oladipo suffered a quad tear at the beginning of 2019 that forced him to miss the rest of the season. Even without Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers made it to the NBA Playoffs, so they should be back in contention after he recovers.
Suns
Pistons
Magic

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Donovan Michell Donovan Michell is a young star on which roster?
Hawks
Jazz
Donovan Mitchell improved during his sophomore season with the Utah Jazz in most categories. The shooting guard's point total, assists and rebounds all went up while he was also shooting better from the three-point line.
Bulls
Bucks

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CJ McCollum Do you know where lethal shooting guard C.J. McCollum plays basketball?
Spurs
Hornets
Nets
Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum was a major reason the Portland Trail Blazers reached the Western Conference Finals in 2019. However, they were swept by the Golden State Warriors, who didn't even have their best player.

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Khris Middleton Are you familiar with which team will need Khris Middleton to keep improving if they want to reach the NBA Finals?
Pacers
Bucks
After making his first All-Star Game in 2019, Khris Middleton's production fell off in the NBA Playoffs. Despite that, the Milwaukee Bucks still signed Middleton to a five-year contract worth $178 million.
Kings
Nets

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Malcolm Brogdon Malcolm Brogdon was part of a sign-and-trade in 2019 that sent him to what team?
Bucks
Pelicans
Pacers
After his rookie season where he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon has spent much of the last two seasons injured. Instead of keeping him, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to complete a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers for draft picks.
Wizards

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Al Horford Have you watched enough basketball recently to match Al Horford to his current team?
Celtics
Hawks
Bulls
76ers
Despite spending most of his career at center, Al Horford will probably play power forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, who already have a star center on their team. Considering Horford's versatility, the move shouldn't impact his production too much.

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Jayson Tatum What franchise is relying Jayson Tatum to keep improving each season?
Celtics
With the potential to be a superstar in the NBA, Jayson Tatum is the wildcard when it comes to the Boston Celtics winning their 18th NBA championship. Tatum leveled off a bit in year two but should get the ball more this coming season after the Celtics lost Kyrie Irving.
Knicks
Lakers
Warriors

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D'Angelo Russell After making his first All-Star Game, D'Angelo Russell was traded to which team in the 2019 offseason?
Kings
Spurs
Warriors
The suits for the Golden State Warriors have made comments that suggest D'Angelo Russell will not be with the team longterm. They could use him as a trade asset down the line unless he fits in well with what they're doing on the court in terms of space and pace.
Thunder

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Andre Iguodala Do you know which roster Andre Iguodala is on right now?
Warriors
Grizzlies
Andre Iguodala is a former Finals MVP with the Golden State Warriors when they won the title against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Iguodala helped the Warriors make a championship run for three more seasons before they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Lakers
Clippers

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Luka Doncic Who has found the future of their franchise in Luka Doncic?
Magic
Hawks
Timberwolves
Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks, who are known for going after European players, made a trade for Luka Doncic shortly after he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. Doncic went on to be named the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Devin Booker Devin Booker has proven that he can put up points while playing for which NBA team?
Suns
Devin Booker has been one of the only bright spots on a Phoenix Suns team that hasn't made the NBA Playoffs since he's been there. In 2019, he scored over 50 points in consecutive games, becoming the youngest player ever to do it back to back.
Raptors
Heat
Grizzlies

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Kyle Kuzma Where will Kyle Kuzma be suiting up next season to play basketball?
Clippers
Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers decided to keep Kyle Kuzma in the 2019 offseason because he fits well beside their star player. The team will look to Kuzma to complete a big three they have assembled to compete for a championship.
Pelicans
Celtics

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Kevin Love Health issues have been the only thing to slow down Kevin Love, who recently signed a huge contract with what team?
Timberwolves
Bulls
Jazz
Cavaliers
After the departure of LeBron James, Kevin Love was the only star left on the Cleveland Cavaliers from their 2016 championship team. Rather than rebuild, the Cavaliers decided to give Love a massive contract, though injuries kept him off the court during most of the first year.

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Mike Conley Mike Conley will significantly improve which team's defense next year?
Jazz
After 12 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Mike Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz, as the Grizzlies hope to rebuild their roster. The Utah Jazz, on the other hand, have assembled a team rich in defensive talent.
Grizzlies
Raptors
Trial Blazers

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Kyle Lowry Can you match Kyle Lowry to his current team?
Bulls
Heat
Raptors
After years of failed playoff runs, the Toronto Raptors finally overcame their Easter Conference competition, making it to the 2019 NBA Finals. Kyle Lowry was an important part of that run, averaging 14.6 points and 6.5 assists per game in the playoffs.
Knicks

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