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.

Challenge yourself with a NBA Trivia Quiz!

Easy

Who did Michael Jordan, as President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards, select with the first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft?

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Answer: Kwame Brown
Despite going on to have a 12-year NBA career as a player and headlining a weak draft class, Kwame Brown is still considered by many pundits to be a bust due to being drafted so high yet never living up to the hype of a number-one pick.

VeryHard

Which NBA player has had a tattoo of the late Malcolm X on his left calve at least since 2012?

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Answer: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is clearly a fan of the 1960's civil rights leader Malcolm X, as he has his face is prominently displayed on the side of his left leg.

VeryHard

When was the first year the three-point shot was introduced to the NBA?

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Answer: 1979
Though its rival and later partner the ABA had been using the three-point shot since 1969, the NBA didn't adopt this feature until 1979, three years after it merged with the ABA.

Medium

Who is credited with being the first person to play in the NBA to ever come out publicly as a homosexual?

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Answer: John Amaechi
Though Jason Collins later gained popularity for being the first active gay NBA player, John Amaechi, who played in the NBA from 1995 to 2003, came out in 2007, a whole six years before Collins did.

Easy

Which 20th century NBA player scored 100 points in a single game?

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Answer: Wilt Chamberlain
In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points as a member of Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks, and almost 20 years into the 21st century, this feat has yet to be matched.

Hard

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where the NBA's greatest players are memorialized, is situated in which US state?

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Answer: Massachusetts
Named after the James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame can be found in Springfield, Massachusetts.

VeryHard

Who was the first player in history to win the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 1986?

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Answer: Alvin Robertson
The legendary Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs took home the first Most Valuable Player Award in 1986, following respectively in the preceding years by Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth and Kevin Johnson.

Easy

Which NBA player prematurely and suddenly retired in 1991 after learning he contracted the HIV virus?

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Answer: Magic Johnson
NBA legend Magic Johnson called it quits after only 12 seasons due to testing positive for HIV. However he did make a brief comeback during the 1995-96 season.

VeryHard

In what year were the first Air Jordan sneakers released?

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Answer: 1984
The "Air Jordan" brand is still going strong decades after its debut in 1984, with Michael Jordan reportedly making more money decades after his retirement than any active NBA players of that era.

Easy

2004's infamous "Malice at the Palace" incident took place in the arena of which NBA team?

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Answer: Detroit Pistons
The "Malice at the Palace", perhaps the most-disturbing event in the history of the NBA, involved members of the visiting Indiana Pacers brawling in the stands with fans of Detroit Pistons, who formerly played at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.



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