Can You Recognize These Famous Basketball Players From a Black and White Photo?

Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Basketball is such a popular sport worldwide that so many kids now aspire to become basketball players. Many of them have already tried their hand at the game, and have become stars in their own right. If you listen to interviews with younger basketball players, you will learn just how much the veterans of the game have inspired them.

The pioneers, the great athletes, the kind sportsmen and sportswomen who have given the game a more prestigious air - these great players are worthy of emulating, idolizing, and of course worthy of respect. And indeed, they have been well-respected!

When the sport was invented, times were obviously different. Circumstances are different, and the socioeconomic and political air is different. That's why some rules before are now obsolete, got revised and updated, and younger generations are now revitalizing how the game is played. For one, basketball does not remain a sport for boys or men only. These days, girls and women have great basketball leagues. And both genders have produced a fine bunch of athletes we have come to respect.

Do you think you can name these great athletes if we showed you their black and white images? Try it, and see if your guesses are on point for a three-point shot! Game!

Do you recognize this famous basketball player?

Chicago Bulls were pretty much ushered into the limelight back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, thanks to Michael Jordan. He was number 23!

How about this famous basketball player?

LeBron James was first drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then played for Miami head after that, then back to Cleveland, before settling on LA now.

What about this famous basketball player?

Kobe Bryant spent his basketball career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016.

And this famous female basketball player?

Sheryl Swoopes is a pioneer for women in basketball for being the first one to sign on in the WNBA. She had a great career playing with the Houston Comets, Seattle Storm, and Tulsa Shock.

Can you identify this famous basketball player?

Scottie Pippen is highly identifiable as the Chicago Bulls player of the ‘90s, playing alongside Michael Jordan. They won around six titles during that time.

Do you know this famous basketball player?

Kevin Durant plays for the Golden State Warriors. But he was first picked by the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2007 NBA draft.

Who is this famous basketball player?

Magic Johnson is considered as one of the legends of the NBA. But he became more legendary when he gave a face to HIV/AIDS advocacy, as he came out and declared his HIV-positive status in the early ‘90s, at a time when it was still highly demonized.

Can you name this famous basketball player?

Diana Taurasi currently plays fierce ball with the Phoenix Mercury. She already has three WNBA championships under her belt – and counting!

What’s the name of this fierce basketball player?

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most unforgettable NBA players of all time. Plus he also holds a doctoral degree and an MBA!

What’s the name of this great basketball player?

Hakeem Olajuwon was a very valuable player of the Houston Rockets back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He was born in Nigeria.

Can you recognize this famous basketball player?

The legendary Wilt Chamberlain was first a member of the fun team Harlem Globetrotters in the late ‘50s before playing in the NBA. He was a memorable player of the Philadelphia 76ers and LA Lakers back in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Could you tell who this famous basketball player is?

Maya Moore plays for the Minnesota Lynx. She’s a small forward.

Can you recognize this one?

Tim Duncan was with the San Antonio Spurs during all of his basketball career. He retired in 2016.

How about this one?

Dwayne Wade plays as a shooting guard for the Miami Heat. But he also played with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What about this one?

Karl Malone played with Utah Jazz in his heyday. He was the NBA’s MVP twice.

And this one?

Cheryl Miller played a lot of international games during her active playing time. She was part of the women’s basketball team at the 1984 LA Olympics and the 1986 Moscow Goodwill Games, to name a few.

Can you identify this one?

David Robinson played for the San Antonio Spurs where he was nicknamed “The Admiral.” That’s because he really did serve in the US Navy.

Do you know this one?

Indiana Pacers player Reggie Miller was notorious for his three-point shots. He was a shooting guard, after all.

Who’s this one?

Charles Barkley was part of the US Dream Team of basketball that competed at the Olympics in the ‘90s. During his active playing career, he was with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, and finally the Houston Rockets.

Can you name this one?

Lisa Leslie is hailed as the first WNBA player to have made a dunk. Her 6 feet 5 inch stature sure came in handy there, while playing for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Can you tell the name of this one?

Tristan Thompson plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he’s originally from Toronto, Canada.

What’s the name of this one?

Stephen Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors. He joined them back in 2009.

Do you recognize this one?

Elgin Baylor was a great jump shot artist for the Los Angeles Lakers back in the ‘60s. He was drafted to the NBA back in 1958.

Could you tell who this one is?

Cynthia Cooper was a star of the Houston Comets in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. But she’s happier as a coach now.

Can you recognize this legend?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is hailed as one of the greatest basketball players ever! His tall stature is unmistakable and was useful for his legendary skyhook shots.

How about this legend?

Dennis Rodman was memorable on the court for his basketball talent, but he was also notorious outside of the game. If you date Madonna and marry Carmen Electra and make friends with Kim Jong-un, you’re one heck of a personality!

What about this great player?

Lamar Odom played well with the LA Clippers, LA Lakers, and the Dallas Mavericks. But people might know him more for starring in "Khloe & Lamar," being formerly married to a Kardashian.

And this great player?

Tamika Catchings was a great small forward for the Indiana Fever. She has won numerous awards in her career, including the Rookie of the Year Award and the WNBA MVP Award.

Can you guess who this is?

James Harden currently plays with the famous Houston Rockets. And his beard is equally famous as well.

Who’s this legendary basketball player?

Julius Erving is a talented slam dunk master of the NBA. This move actually became popular thanks to him!

Who’s this in the black and white photo?

Yao Ming played for the Chinese Basketball Association first before being drafted into the NBA in 2002. He played with the Houston Rockets during the span of his US career.

Can you name this cool player?

Tina Thompson started her WNBA career with the Houston Comets. Nowadays, she’s coaching the Virginia Cavaliers.

What’s the name of this legendary player?

Ray Allen was with the Boston Celtics where he was part of the “Big Three,” which included players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He then played with the Miami heat after that, before retiring from the game.

Do you know this legendary player?

Larry Bird, a.k.a. Larry Legend, was a shining star identified with the Boston Celtics during the ‘80s. But he also spent some time as a coach for the Indiana Pacers.

Who do you think this is?

Walt Frazier was with the New York Knicks during the ‘60s and ‘70s. He then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring.

Who’s this cool player in the photo?

Lauren Jackson actually played for the Canberra Capitals before being drafted by the Seattle Storm. Yup, she’s Australian, mate!

Can you name this very skillful basketball player?

Dwight Howard currently plays for the Washington Wizards. But he started with Orlando Magic.

Can you correctly identify this one?

Isaiah Thomas started his career with the Sacramento Kings. Currently, he’s playing for the Denver Nuggets.

And this very interesting player is…

Jason Kidd is actually a gold medalist at the Summer Olympics. He was part of the team in the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Finally, what’s the name of this famous basketball player?

Did you know that Ann Meyers tried out for the NBA, to hopefully join the Indiana Pacers during the ‘80s? That didn’t pan out, but she still had a stellar basketball career, starting at the Women’s Professional Basketball League in the late ‘70s.

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