Take a shot at the Ultimate NBA Quiz!

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

Basketball is quickly becoming an international phenomenon, with fans and teams in countries all over the world, but the NBA is easily the most popular professional basketball league with a rich history. Take this quiz and find out how much you know about the NBA!

Which NBA coach has won the most championships?

Phil Jackson has eleven NBA championships. He won six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the L.A. Lakers. Of course, he also had two of the greatest players ever during that span - Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Where is Lebron James from?

Lebron James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, which meant he got to play professional basketball in his home state of Ohio. However, he decided to leave Cleveland in 2010, only to return four years later.

What team did Magic Johnson play for?

Magic Johnson played 13 seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers. During that time, he won five NBA championships and was a three-time NBA most valuable player.

Who was NOT a member of the Showtime Lakers?

The Showtime Lakers played a run-and-gun style of basketball that relied on fast breaks for scoring and momentum. Their style of play was supposed to entertain fans by scoring a lot of points.

Which coach led the 2008 Celtics to the NBA championship?

Doc Rivers was the head coach of the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013. He went to two NBA finals. The first was in 2008, which the Celtics won, and the second was in 2010, which they lost.

Where did Lebron James announce he was going during "the Decision"?

The Cleveland Cavaliers failed to provide Lebron James with any star players to help him win a championship. In 2010, he decided to move on and play with Dwyane Wade in Miami.

What team does Stephen Curry play for?

Stephen Curry is the point guard for the Golden State Warriors, where he has played since 2009. During that time, he has won two NBA most valuable player awards and one NBA championship.

Which of these players never won an NBA championship?

John Stockton went to two NBA finals during his career but ran into Michael Jordan's Bulls both times. Like many other teams, Stockton and his team couldn't get past Jordan's greatness.

How many NBA championships does Bill Russell have as a player?

Bill Russell was one of the first African-American superstars in the NBA. During his playing career, he won 11 NBA championships. He then went on to win two more as a coach.

Who has scored the most points in a game?

In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points on the New York Knicks, which is still the most all time. That's a record that probably won't ever be broken.

How many points did Kobe Bryant score in his final game?

Kobe retired at the end of the 2015-16 season. In his final game, he went out with a bang by putting up 60 points against the Jazz.

Who is the NBA all-time scorer?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made it to the top of the NBA scoring list, thanks to his skyhook shot and the run-and-gun style of the Lakers. Even though he retired in 1989, he still holds the all-time scoring record.

What position did Steve Nash play?

Steve Nash played nearly twenty years in the NBA, and he spent most of that time with the Phoenix Suns. He even won two NBA most valuable player awards during his time with the Suns.

Where did Kevin Durant play college basketball?

After playing college basketball at Texas, Kevin Durant was the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Greg Oden was the first overall pick, but injuries have hampered his career.

Who drafted Shaquille O'Neal?

Shaquille O'Neal was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 draft. However, he became a free agent in 1996 and chose to move on to the Los Angeles Lakers.

With what team did Kevin Garnett win an NBA title?

Prior to joining the Celtics, Kevin Garnett had little success in the playoffs with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his first season with the Celtics, they won the NBA championship.

Where did Dwyane Wade spend most of his career?

Dwyane Wade was drafted by the Miami Heat with the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He played there until 2016, but due to failed contract negotiations, Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls at the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Who is the NBA all-time leading rebounder?

Wilt Chamberlain spent his career moving from team to team. Despite not staying put, he still won two NBA championships and four NBA most valuable player awards.

Who is the NBA's logo modeled after?

Jerry West played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He reached the NBA finals multiple times throughout his career, but he didn't win a championship until a few years before he retired.

Where did Charles Barkley play college basketball?

Charles Barkley played three seasons at Auburn University. After leaving college, he became the fifth player picked in the 1984 NBA draft. He was selected by the 76ers.

Who won the 1994 NBA championship?

The Houston Rockets squeezed two NBA championships in between Michael Jordan's three-peats. They won in 1994 and 1995.

Which of these Hall of Famers was NOT taken in the same NBA draft as Michael Jordan?

Three of the top five picks in the 1984 NBA draft would go on to have Hall of Fame careers: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Charles Barkley. Another member of the NBA Hall of Fame, John Stockton, was taken with the 16th overall pick in that same draft.

Who coached the Miami Heat when they won a championship in 2006?

With players like Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, Pat Riley was able to lead the Miami Heat to the NBA championship, where they met the Dallas Mavericks. The Miami Heat won the series in six games.

How many NBA championships does Tim Duncan have?

With different supporting casts and roles throughout his career, Tim Duncan reached the NBA finals six times and won five of those times. In 2016, he announced his retirement after 19 seasons.

Where did Kevin Durant go after leaving Oklahama City?

In a controversial decision, Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors after the 2015-2016 season. This came after losing to Golden State in the Western conference finals.

What was the nickname for Tim Duncan and David Robinson?

With Tim Duncan and David Robinson defending down low, teams had trouble scoring in the paint. Thanks to this defensive ability of the two players, they earned the name "The Twin Towers."

Where did Chauncey Billups play college basketball?

Chauncey Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA. In 2004, he won the NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons. After the game, he was named finals MVP.

Who is known for their rant about practicing?

Allen Iverson was known as a lethal scorer over the course of his career. His offensive abilities even helped him earn the NBA most valuable player award in 2001.

Who drafted Derek Fisher?

Derek Fisher played for the Lakers from 1996 to 2004 and then from 2007 to 2012. During that time, he helped the Lakers win five NBA championships.

What position did Moses Malone play?

Moses Malone was a pivotal part of the 76ers' 1983 championship run, playing center. He was named the NBA finals MVP after winning the championship.

Where did Larry Bird play college basketball?

The rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson started in college when Indiana met Michigan State in the 1979 NCAA championship game. Magic Johnson led Michigan State to victory, but the two players would meet many times throughout their professional careers.

Who drafted Kevin McHale?

Kevin McHale spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics, playing aside Larry Bird. He won three NBA championships during his time with the Celtics.

With what team did Dennis Rodman win his first NBA championship?

Dennis Rodman helped the Pistons win a championship during their "Bad Boys" era. This team was characterized by their rough, defensive style of play.

Who led the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA championship?

Dirk Nowitzki helped the Dallas Mavericks beat the loaded Miami Heat in 2011, to win the NBA championship. He was named the finals MVP once the game was over.

What position did Oscar Robertson play?

Oscar Robertson is the only player to average a triple double throughout a season. He accomplished that during the 1961-1962 season.

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