Do You Know What These Basketball Acronyms and Abbreviations Stand For?



Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

Do you ever look at a stat sheet and wonder what all of those abbreviations stand for? That's never an enjoyable dilemma. After all, how are you going to know how many points your favorite player scored if you can't tell where the points category is? And, what about basketball acronyms? Do you even know what NBA stands for? If not, don't feel bad; there are many people who don't. 

Maybe you already know what all of these things stand for because you know everything about basketball that there is to know. You know the players, their positions, and all of the statistics that the experts like to keep up with, and there are a lot of them. How far does your basketball knowledge go, though? Are you really an expert? Could you pass a quiz on basketball acronyms and abbreviations? 

Here's your chance to find out. Whether you're a basketball nerd or new to the game, this quiz will challenge you to think about all of the facets of basketball; what records are kept, the positions played, the organizations formed. This quiz covers it all. If you're ready, get started and put that basketball knowledge to a real test with results that will surely surprise you!

What's 3PT?

Steph Curry revolutionized the game with his three-point shooting. In fact, his three-point shooting has earned him the nickname the "Baby-faced Assassin."


What's 3PA?

No player has hit more three-point shots than Ray Allen. Allen was a two-time NBA champion and a 10-time All Star.


What's AST?

Typically, point guards have been known for getting other players involved, racking up assists along the way. One of the best assist men was Steve Nash, who played from 1996 until 2015.


What's BLK?

Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the best big men to ever play the game. He holds the record for most blocks in an NBA career.


What's BS?

Behind Hakeem Olajuwon in blocked shots is Dikembe Mutombo. He finished his career with 3,289 blocked shots.


What's C?

Playing the center position, Shaquille O'Neal dominated the NBA throughout his career. The height of that career was when he played with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.


What's CBA?

The CBA was a minor basketball league that started in 1946. However, by 2009, the league had dissolved.


What's NBA?

The NBA is the premier basketball league in the world. The league's fame rose significantly throughout the '80s and the '90s, though the sport is still growing today.


What's CONF?

The NBA is divided into two conferences; the East and the West. The winners of each conference play in the NBA Finals.


What's DIV?

The Boston Celtics, who play in the Atlantic Division, have won more championships than any other NBA team. They currently have 17, with their latest coming in 2008.


What's DNP?

Injuries are a major part of the game. Greg Oden, who was taken with the number 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, had his career disintegrate from beneath him as leg injuries kept him off the court.


What's FG?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA all-time leading scorer. He finished his career with 38,387 points.


What's FGP?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career lasted 20 seasons over a span of three decades. During that span, he earned six championships and six MVP awards.


What's FT?

Free throws often determine the outcome of a game, especially when it's late and the game's close. Some of the best players have faltered in these situations. One of the most known is Shaquille O'Neal.


What's GP?

Lebron James has been one of the most durable players in the league. It's one of the reasons he's recognized as the best in the world.


What's GS?

At the age of 33, Lebron played in all 82 regular season games. He shows no signs of slowing down.


What's MIN?

Lebron James also led the league in minutes at the age of 33. He averaged nearly 37 minutes per game.


What's L?

The Philadelphia 76ers had the longest losing streak in NBA history. The steak lasted 28 games and encompassed two seasons.


What's FTA?

The best players in the NBA try to get to the free throw line. Their team's chances of winning usually go up the more attempts they get.


What's NBDL?

More and more players are coming out of the National Basketball Developmental League. Most of these guys end up as role-players on NBA teams.


What's OR?

Offensive rebounds can give teams second chance shots. Everyone knows, the more shots the better the possibility of scoring points.


What's MPG?

Moses Malone once had 19 offensive rebounds in a game. That's the record for the most all time.


What's OT?

Game 1 of the 2018 NBA finals went into overtime. Despite a 51-point game by Lebron James, the Cavaliers lost the game to the Warriors.


What's PCT?

Basketball is a game of numbers. Statistics are incorporated into just about every part of it from playing time to contract negotiations.


What's PF?

Power forwards are becoming more of a skilled position. In today's game, they are required to be both athletic and physical.


What else is PF?

A player who gets six fouls in a game is kicked off the court. Some teams will go after certain players to get them in foul trouble.


What's PG?

Magic Johnson played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. With him leading the team, they became known as the "Showtime Lakers" for their flashy play.


What's PTS?

Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks. That was the most points ever scored in an NBA game by one player.


What's REB?

Wilt Chamberlain also holds the record for most rebounds in a game. He grabbed 55 during a game in 1960 against the Celtics.


What's L10?

Kobe Bryant put up 60 points in his last game as an NBA player. It was a fitting end for a Laker star.


What's SF?

Larry Bird was one of the best small forwards of all time. He played for the Celtics, where he won three NBA titles.


What's SG?

The great Michael Jordan played shooting guard. During his career, he set multiple NBA records on his way to six NBA championships.


What's STL?

John Stockton was the NBA all-time steals leader by a significant margin. The next closest player, Jason Kidd, finished his career with nearly 600 fewer steals than Stockton.


What's TO?

Turnovers can kill a team's chances at success. That's why it's important to have multiple ball-handlers on a team.


What's W?

One of the greatest winners of all time was Bill Russell. He holds the record for most NBA championships by a player with 11.


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