NBA Trivia and Answers

Basketball has come to be loved by fans all over the world. NBA has without a doubt come to be recognized as the highest peak of basketball excellence. Here at TriviaQN we love the NBA and have collected a myriad of it's noteworthy and maybe not so noteworthy history trivia. We are delighted to present you with our fun and challenging trivia questions about it.

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Which former NBA player was infamously selected right before Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft?

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Answer: Sam Bowie
At that time, the Portland Trailblazers, who had the second pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, already had a couple of outstanding shooting guards and thus chose center Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, whom the Chicago Bulls selected with the third pick. Bowie ultimately went on to earn the reputation of being a draft bust.

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A silhouette of which player is widely recognized as the inspiration behind the official NBA logo designed 1969?

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Answer: Jerry West
According to the designer of the logo, the NBA has now been using the silhouette of Hall of Famer Jerry West as its logo for over 50 years, though the league itself does not officially acknowledge such.

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Champion NBA point guard Kyrie Irving was born in which country?

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Answer: Australia
Though (also) an American citizen, Kyrie Irving was born in Australia as his father, Drederick Irving, was a professional basketball player there.

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Which NBA personality actually owns the term "three-peat", referring to a team winning three consecutive championships?

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Answer: Pat Riley
Although Pat Riley trademarked the term "three-peat" in 1988, he credits one of his players at the time, Byron Scott, with coining the phrase. Riley reportedly earned $300,000 in royalties when the Bulls three-peated in the 1990's.

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Popular actress Gabrielle Union married which NBA player in 2014?

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Answer: Dwayne Wade
NBA superstar Dwayne Wade married movie actress Gabrielle Union in August 2014, and in the process, they formed a Hollywood power couple.

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Who was the first rookie since Allen Iverson to have two consecutive games scoring at least 35 points?

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Answer: Trae Young
Iverson's impressive 1997 feat of scoring at least 35 points in two consecutive as a rookie was not accomplished again until Trae Young did so in February of 2019.

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As of 2019, who is the only player in NBA history to have sired three sons who also played in the NBA?

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Answer: Rick Barry
In addition to Rick Barry's three sons (Brent, John and Drew), who went on to play in the standard NBA, he also has a fourth (Canyon) who signed with a team in the NBA G League in 2018.

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Which NBA player scored 71 points in a single game in 1994?

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Answer: David Robinson
During the Spurs' final regular season game of 1994, David Robinson intentionally set out to score 71 points - and achieved the feat to snatch that season's scoring title from Shaquille O'Neal, who was leading him by an average of .06 points going into the game.

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In 1948, which NBA basketball team did the Harlem Globetrotters defeat which eventually helped break the NBA's color barrier?

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Answer: Minneapolis Lakers
The reason the Harlem Globetrotters are said to have become a comedy act is because they were so dominant in basketball, being on a 102-game winning streak when matching up against the Minneapolis Lakers in 1948, that they eventually started goofing off just for fun. The Globetrotters' two-point victory helped in solidifying the fact that African-Americans, who were not allowed in the NBA at the time, were viable professional basketball athletes.

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In 1969, which NBA player won his 11th NBA championship title to become the proud holder of the NBA player with the most championships won as a player in league history?

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Answer: Bill Russell
Bill Russell has been called 'the winningest player in the history of professional sports' due to winning 11 NBA Championships as a member of the Boston Celtics. And what makes Russell's achievement even more outstanding is that he won all 11 championships within his 13-year professional playing career, with the first win happening in his rookie year. Russell spent his entire professional playing career with the Boston Celtics.



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