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

By: Olivia Cantor

Can You Recognize These Famous Basketball Players From a Black and White Photo?
Image: Wiki Commons via Keith Allison

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!

Michael Jordan Do you recognize this famous basketball player?
Anthony Davis
Michael Jordan
Chicago Bulls were pretty much ushered into the limelight back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, thanks to Michael Jordan. He was number 23!
Vince Carter
Marcus Camby

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LeBron James How about this famous basketball player?
Bill Bradley
JR Smith
Jerry West
LeBron James
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.

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Kobe Bryant What about this famous basketball player?
Jerry West
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant spent his basketball career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. He retired in 2016.
Juwan Howard
Jim O’Brien

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Sheryl Swoopes And this famous female basketball player?
Sheryl Swoopes
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.
Candace Parker
Elena Delle Donne
Bethany Donaphin

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Scottie Pippen Can you identify this famous basketball player?
Grant Hill
Moses Malone
Harrison Barnes
Scottie Pippen
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.

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Kevin Durant Do you know this famous basketball player?
Jim O’Brien
Juwan Howard
Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant plays for the Golden State Warriors. But he was first picked by the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2007 NBA draft.
Jerry West

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Magic Johnson Who is this famous basketball player?
JR Smith
John Harding Lucas II
Magic Johnson
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.
Andre Drummond

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Diana taurasi Can you name this famous basketball player?
Lynette Woodard
Dawn Staley
Breanna Stewart
Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi currently plays fierce ball with the Phoenix Mercury. She already has three WNBA championships under her belt – and counting!

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Shaquille O'Neal What’s the name of this fierce basketball player?
Ryan Anderson
Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most unforgettable NBA players of all time. Plus he also holds a doctoral degree and an MBA!
Wayne Embry
Carmelo Anthony

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Hakeem Olajuwon What’s the name of this great basketball player?
Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon was a very valuable player of the Houston Rockets back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He was born in Nigeria.
Carlos Boozer
Rick Barry
Manute Bol

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Wilt Chamberlain Can you recognize this famous basketball player?
Carlos Boozer
Manute Bol
Wilt Chamberlain
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
Carmelo Anthony

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Maya Moore Could you tell who this famous basketball player is?
Sue Bird
Janice Lawrence
Maya Moore
Maya Moore plays for the Minnesota Lynx. She’s a small forward.
Plenette Pierson

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Tim duncan Can you recognize this one?
Oscar Robertson
Amare Stoudemire
Wayman Tisdale
Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan was with the San Antonio Spurs during all of his basketball career. He retired in 2016.

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Dwyane Wade How about this one?
Blake Griffin
Nick Van Exel
Russell Westbrook
Dwayne Wade
Dwayne Wade plays as a shooting guard for the Miami Heat. But he also played with the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Kawhi Leonard
Karl Malone
Karl Malone played with Utah Jazz in his heyday. He was the NBA’s MVP twice.
Bison Dele
Brandon Knight

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Cheryl Miller And this one?
Cheryl Miller
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.
Tina Charles
Swin Cash
Chiney Ogwumike

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David Robinson Can you identify this one?
Michael Warren
John Havlicek
David Robinson
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.
Jermaine O’Neal

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Reggie Miller Do you know this one?
Omer Asik
Reggie Miller
Indiana Pacers player Reggie Miller was notorious for his three-point shots. He was a shooting guard, after all.
Bill Russell
Richie Guerin

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Charles Barkley Who’s this one?
RC Buford
Mike Fratello
Charles Barkley
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.
Michael Smith

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Lisa Leslie Can you name this one?
Jennifer Rizzotti
Epiphanny Prince
Lisa Leslie
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.
Teresa Edwards

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Tristan Thompson Can you tell the name of this one?
Marques Johnson
Joakim Noah
Chris Webber
Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he’s originally from Toronto, Canada.

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Stephen Curry What’s the name of this one?
Paul Pierce
George Gervin
Rasheed Wallace
Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors. He joined them back in 2009.

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Elgin Baylor Do you recognize this one?
Elgin Baylor
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.
Dirk Nowitzki
Greg Anthony
Joe Crawford

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Cynthia Cooper Could you tell who this one is?
Carolyn Moos
Margo Dydek
Cynthia Cooper
Cynthia Cooper was a star of the Houston Comets in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. But she’s happier as a coach now.
Lindsay Whalen

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Can you recognize this legend?
Dirk Nowitzki
Greg Anthony
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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.
Alonzo Mourning

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Dennis Rodman How about this legend?
Jason Collins
John Amaechi
Dennis Rodman
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!
Steve Nash

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Lamar Odom What about this great player?
Clint N’Dumba
Lamar Odom
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.
Arvydas Sabonis
Bob Cousy

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Tamika Catchings And this great player?
Jamie Carey
Temeka Johnson
Katie Smith
Tamika Catchings
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.

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James Harden Can you guess who this is?
Bernard King
Chauncey Billups
James Harden
James Harden currently plays with the famous Houston Rockets. And his beard is equally famous as well.
Jeremy Lin

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Julius Erving Who’s this legendary basketball player?
Julius Erving
Julius Erving is a talented slam dunk master of the NBA. This move actually became popular thanks to him!
Ben Wallace
Kris Humphries
Danny Ainge

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Yao Ming Who’s this in the black and white photo?
Don Nelson
Yao Ming
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.
Wayne Embry
Ryan Anderson

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Tina Thompson Can you name this cool player?
Liz Cambage
Swin Cash
Tina Thompson
Tina Thompson started her WNBA career with the Houston Comets. Nowadays, she’s coaching the Virginia Cavaliers.
Tina Charles

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Ray Allen What’s the name of this legendary player?
Andre Drummond
John Harding Lucas II
Ray Allen
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.
JR Smith

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Larry bird Do you know this legendary player?
Jerry West
Juwan Howard
Larry Bird
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.
Jim O’Brien

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Grant Hill
Moses Malone
Harrison Barnes
Walt Frazier
Walt Frazier was with the New York Knicks during the ‘60s and ‘70s. He then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring.

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Lauren Jackson Who’s this cool player in the photo?
Bethany Donaphin
Elena Delle Donne
Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson actually played for the Canberra Capitals before being drafted by the Seattle Storm. Yup, she’s Australian, mate!
Candace Parker

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Dwight howard Can you name this very skillful basketball player?
Vince Carter
Isaiah Rider
Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard currently plays for the Washington Wizards. But he started with Orlando Magic.
Tracy McGrady

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Isaiah Thomas Can you correctly identify this one?
Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas started his career with the Sacramento Kings. Currently, he’s playing for the Denver Nuggets.
Anthony Davis
Charles Thomas McMillen
Master P

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Jason Kidd And this very interesting player is…
Michael Beasley
Marcus Camby
Jason Kidd
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.
Tyson Chandler

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Ann Meyers Finally, what’s the name of this famous basketball player?
Brittney Griner
Carol Blazejowski
Jayne Appel
Ann Meyers
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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