Nothin' but Net: NBA Trivia Quiz

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In what city were the Los Angeles Lakers initially based?

Before moving to Los Angeles in 1960, the Lakers were based in Minneapolis.

Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a game. Which player has the second-highest total points in a single game?

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in 2006.

Who guarded Michael Jordan when he made his buzzer-beater against Cleveland in the 1989 playoffs?

Craig Ehlo was guarding Jordan when he made "the shot," as basketball fans call it.

How long is a regulation NBA game?

The NBA has tested out shorter times, like a 44-minute game.

Has a player ever averaged a triple-double for an entire season?

Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals averaged a triple-double in the 1961-62 season.

How many seconds does an NBA team get to shoot?

The NBA's 24-second shot clock debuted in 1954.

Which of these players has a father who also played in the NBA?

Steph Curry's father, Dell Curry, also played in the NBA.

Who was the first Mexican-born player in the NBA?

In 1997, Phoenix Suns center Horacio Llamas became the first Mexican-born player in the NBA.

Which NBA team has won the most titles?

The Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA titles, the most of any team.

What former player was the inspiration for the NBA logo?

Alan Siegel, who designed the logo in 1969, says it's based on a photograph of Jerry West.

Which of these players went straight to the NBA from high school?

Monta Ellis was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as soon as he graduated from high school in 2005.

What were the New Orleans Pelicans previously called?

The New Orleans Pelicans, formerly known as the Hornets, changed their name in 2013.

In what season did the NBA adopt the 3-point shot?

The NBA started using the 3-point shot in the 1979-80 season.

In the last two minutes, where can a team inbound after a timeout?

In an inbounds play in the last two minutes, the offensive team can move the ball to midcourt or take it at the spot.

What was the late NBA player Darryl Dawkins’ nickname?

Backboard-shattering dunker Darryl Dawkins was known as Chocolate Thunder.

What former NBA player became famous for marketing a brand of $15 sneakers?

Former NBA player Stephon Marbury endorsed Starbury, a signature line of inexpensive sneakers.

How long does an NBA team have to get the ball across the midcourt line?

An NBA team must get the ball across midcourt in eight seconds or less.

Who can overturn referee calls based on video replays during a game?

League officials in Secaucus, New Jersey can overturn some calls after reviewing the instant-replay video.

What percentage of corner 3-pointers do NBA teams make, on average?

NBA teams make almost 40 percent of their corner 3-pointers, one of the best risk-reward shots.

How long can a defensive player stay in the key area if he is not guarding an opponent?

The three-second count starts when it is evident the offensive team controls frontcourt.

Who is the youngest player to score 25,000 points in his career?

LeBron James recently became the youngest player, at 30, to score 25,000 points.

What manufacturer makes the official NBA game ball?

Spalding has been the official game ball of the NBA since 1983.

What is the average height of an NBA player?

The average NBA player is more than 9 inches (23 centimeters) taller than the average American man.

Who won the highest-scoring NBA game ever?

The Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186 to 184 in 1983.

How long is an NBA overtime period?

The NBA allows 130 seconds before any five-minute overtime period.

What player has the record for most offensive rebounds in a game?

Milwaukee's Zaza Pachulia set a record in a 2015 game with 18 offensive rebounds.

Who was the first foreign-born NBA player to become league MVP?

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks was the first foreign-born player to become MVP in 2007.

At the buzzer, a shot is good if it already has done what?

Instant replay can be used to verify whether a buzzer beater left the shooter's hand before the game clock expired.

What player became famous for his “skyhook”?

The skyhook is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's signature shot. Shaquille O'Neal said it's "one of the most effective shots" in the history of basketball.

Who is the shortest player in NBA history?

Muggsy Bogues was only 5 feet 3 inches (1.6 meters) tall, but he was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1987.

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