NBA Trivia Questions

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Q. Which NBA great retired from the game in 1993 and played Minor League Baseball before returning to the NBA in 1995?

Michael Jordan.

Q. Which two teams contested what the NBA considers the first game in NBA history?

The Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers.

Q. What is Magic Johnson’s real first name?


Q. The winner of which award receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy?

The NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).

Q. In what year was the 3 point field goal introduced to the NBA?


Q. With which team did NBA legend Larry Bird play his entire professional career?

The Boston Celtics.

Q. Which team won the first NBA championship in 1947?

The Philadelphia Warriors.

Q. Which player starred as the co-pilot Roger Murdock in the 1980 movie Airplane!?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Q. The Golden State Warriors are based in which city?

San Francisco.

Q. Which of the following teams has not won an NBA championship – a. Portland Trailblazers, b. Milwaukee Bucks, or c. Orlando Magic?

Orlando Magic.

Q. The first time the NBA finals went to 7 games was in 1950-51. Which team won?

Rochester Royals.

Q. Which player holds the single-game scoring record?

Wilt Chamberlain with 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962.

Q. Which team holds the record for the longest championship streak?

The Boston Celtics with 8 straight championships from 1959 – 1966.

Q. Who is the only player to win the NBA Finals MVP Award while being on the losing team?

Jerry West in 1969.

Q. Who was the first NBA player to break a backboard?

Chuck Connors while playing for the Boston Celtics in 1946.

Q. Which player holds the record for the most career playoff points in the NBA?

Lebron James.

Q. Which division of the NBA are the Denver Nuggets in?

The Northwest Division.

Q. Which player gave himself the nickname, “Black Mamba”?

Kobe Bryant.

Q. The “Dream Team”, the first American Olympic basketball team to feature current NBA stars, competed in which Olympics?

The 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Q. Who was the first non-American player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award?

Pau Gasol of Spain, in 1992.

Q. Which team drafted Shaquille O’Neal in 1992?

Orlando Magic.

Q. Which player has won the MVP award a record 6 times?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Q. Which team plays their home games at the United Center?

The Chicago Bulls.

Q. Which NBA legend had the nickname, “The Round Mound of Rebound”?

Charles Barkley.

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